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Educity Roundtable
14 OCTOBER 2017

Creating holistic talents to ride the waves of change

The key to building a disruption-ready workforce is to produce adaptable, and resilient critical thinkers, with strong skills in communication. Tomorrow’s graduates must be balanced individuals who can work in a team, say education experts at a recent roundtable session. 

THE Malaysian Employers Federation has warned of retrenchments, while the World Economic Forum predicts that automation will kill five million jobs in the next three years.

The threat of disruptive technology and the need for graduates who can take advantage of new innovations, was highlighted at the Nov 9 EduCity roundtable discussion in Johor Baru.

Explaining disruptive technology as a process whereby a product, or service, that starts at the bottom of a market, moves up to displace established competitors, Star Media Group editor-in-chief Datuk Leanne Goh who moderated the hour-long discussion, looked at how it has impacted the higher education industry, and traditional fields like law, medicine, science, business, finance, accounting, and construction.

Panelists were Management Development Institute of Singapore (Malaysia Campus) CEO Prof Datuk Dr Syed Ahmad Hussein, Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia provost-CEO Prof Roger Barton, University of Reading Malaysia provost Prof Tony Downes, Iskandar Investment Berhad president-CEO Datuk Khairil Anwar Ahmad, University of Southampton Malaysia interim CEO Prof Peter Smith, and Raffles University Iskandar president Prof Dr Graeme Britton.

The universities are part of EduCity – a vibrant enclave of renowned tertiary institutions, and top notch supporting facilities, in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor.

Comparing EduCity with Dubai’s Academic City, Prof Syed Ahmad highlights the importance of internationalisation.

Like Malaysia, Dubai started over a decade ago with only a few institutions. Now the Academic City is a self-contained village with many international branch campuses that are moving towards internal educational exchanges within the village itself, he adds.

This area need to be explored, he says, suggesting that there should be credit transfers between the universities.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2017/11/19/creating-holistic-talents-to-ride-the-waves-of-change/#1Ig8Drebh37ClqbQ.99


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