UUM ONLINE: 5 February - The graduates of the 2018 Executive Certificate were advised to equip themselves with new skills and knowledge in the face of the Fourth Industrial Revolution era (IR4.0).
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak said that with the world currently in the IR4.0 era, rapid technological changes had taken place resulting in the major changes in society.
According to him, due to these changes, each department should prepare the officers or the abilities of these officers ought to be constantly updated and complemented with knowledge, technology-know-how and skills.
"Career wise, aspects of training or talent development are important in the context of ensuring that employees are adequately trained and appropriately hired for the job and also able to withstand the challenges that come with it.
"Therefore, based on the various studies conducted at institutions of higher learning showed that if we do not have plans to provide continuous training, it will result in a decline in job performance as well as in the effectiveness of the department or a gap will inhere between the needs and expectations of professionalism in the department or task with the competence possessed," he said during the 2018 Executive Certificate Presentation Ceremony held at the EDC Hotels & Resorts, this morning.
A total of 117 graduates comprising 77 officers from the Social Welfare Department (SWD) and 40 officers from the Prisons Department received their respective Social Work Practice Executive Certificate (SPEC) and the Parole Intervention Executive Certificate (SEIP) from the Vice-Chancellor.
In addition, the Vice-Chancellor said that it would not do for officers to be equipped with mere basic training and left to learn on their own at a time with rapid technological development.
He said technology changes should not be seen as a threat but instead it could become a threat if people did not prepare meticulously, however by making preparation and knowing how to utilize technology, it could become very useful in performing daily tasks.
"I hope the Social Welfare Department or Prisons Department will organize workshops or sessions for brainstorming through discussions in preparation for this technology change.
"At the University (UUM) there ought to be changes being done, including teaching and learning in lectures by diversifying the 'blended learning' or 'flip classroom' method that is not only focused on the lecturing alone, but it is accompanied by discussions and analyzing case studies," he said.
The 2018 Executive Certificate Presentation Ceremony was also attended by the Director General of Social Welfare, Mr. Mohd Fazari Mohd Salleh and Deputy Director General (Management), Prisons Department Malaysia, Dato' Jamaludin Saad who represented the Director General of Prisons Department Malaysia.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir
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