Global ODL leaders converge in Malaysia

Asia e University (AeU) and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) co-hosted a two-day International High Level Roundtable Conference for Open Distance Learning (ODL) institutions. A total of 31 dignitaries, industry global leaders, policy-makers and academic practitioners from 20 countries participated in the conference. Besides North America, Europe and the Oceanic countries, the majority came from Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa countries. Among the distinguished delegates from the COL is its president and CEO, Prof Asha Singh Kanwar and education specialist, higher learning, Prof Romeela Mohee. The conference included a leadership workshop…

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A real change for education

The scenario that will play out for graduates in the future are workplaces that not only emphasise on how to get the job done, but offices that demand a high degree of social intelligence. As simple tasks are being replaced by machines, what becomes more important now are human-centred characteristics such as emotional intelligence which machines cannot replace. And with the convergence between man and machine being brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, the skills graduates need in this age will be different from those expected…

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Recognition for TAR UC founding leaders

As a prelude to its 50th anniversary, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) honoured its founding leaders at a recent ceremony held at its Kuala Lumpur main campus. The ceremony paid tribute to 10 founding leaders of the then TAR College who contributed tremendously, as either pioneers or longest-serving leaders in the history of the institution, comprising: ▶ Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj – namesake of the institution▶ Tun Tan Siew Sin – founder and first president of TAR College▶ Tan Sri Khaw Kai Boh – chairman on…

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The hugeness of big data

BIG data seems to be in full throttle, developing exponential growth, looking at the amount of data being generated today. But what is big data? In a nutshell, the word literally means massive amounts of information that cannot be properly processed on a worksheet, database management system or across traditional software that people are accustomed to. What organisations need to understand is data is no longer the sort of information that is used in the past, such as sales and financial related data, instead, real time information that needs to…

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Redefining e-commerce

The e-commerce industry in Malaysia has seen massive growth with close to 2,000 small businesses inculcating e-commerce trading onto their platforms. These businesses face the challenges of utilising e-commerce through internet technology, fully benefiting from the tools that are available, including training talents. Alibaba Group vice-president Brian Wong believes talents are best trained through universities and in November 2017, Alibaba Business School signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with University Utara Malaysia (UUM). The collaboration involves two programmes – the Global E-Commerce Talent (GET) “Train the Trainers” and Youth E-Commerce…

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Education in a digital age

As we hurtle towards realising Education 4.0 in the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s rapid evolution, the state of education and its boundaries are broken down and reformulated to adapt better to the needs of this digital intensive age. Such is the case within a space in Q Sentral, Kuala Lumpur. Occupied by a team of 40, it is office to the Malaysian arm of OpenLearning, an Australian-based educational technology institution that provides a flourishing platform for online learning. “Universities will engage us to develop online courses for them,”…

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Beyond the norm

Taylor’s University embraces the future with the transformation of its curriculum for degree and diploma programmes. Changes began last March. The Taylor’s Curriculum Framework (TCF) is a revamp of the traditional curriculum. It is crafted to enable students to be future-ready. With these changes, students will be better equipped with in-demand skills that will stand the test of time in this ever-transforming global workplace. “The TCF aims to address the expected mismatch between tertiary education and the future job market in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0). Employers and industry…

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Broader perspective on education system

Parents no doubt want the best for their children. Education wise, they question which is the best teaching method and are often faced with the dilemma of selecting a good school with the best curriculum. The reality is, there is no best method; however, there are best practices but it boils down to the context of each country’s education framework. The success of South Korea’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) can hardly be attributed to just their teaching methods, as what worked there involved a combination of several factors…

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Penang Medical College receives university status

IT was a proud day today for Penang Medical College (PMC) attaining “Foreign University Branch Campus” status by the Malaysian Higher Education Ministry (MOHE). The 10th in Malaysia to receive this honour and award, PMC is now called the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and University College Dublin (UCD) Malaysia Campus or RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus, RUMC for short. A milestone achieved for PMC, established 20 years ago as provider of the nation's first registrable medical degree from a Malaysian private higher education institution, and wholly owned…

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A New Zealand experience

The annual New Zealand Asean Scholarship (NZAS) was initiated in 2012. Eighteen Malaysians have benefited from it. Managed by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), Malaysia is allocated two scholarships each year. This year, Ahmad Sufi Mokhtar and Wan Atikah Wan Azalah made the cut. Funded by the New Zealand Programme, under the New Zealand government's international aid and development register, the scholarship is open to those interested in pursuing either a Postgraduate Certificate (six months), Postgraduate Diploma (one year), Masters Degree (one or two years),…

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