All Malaysian Universities to Be Smart Campuses by June 2018
KOTA KINABALU: All universities across the country will be transformed into smart campus starting June 2018 to go along with the Industrial Revolution 4.0.
Director General of Higher Education Ministry, Datin Paduka Ir Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir said the initiative does not only lie on digital aspect but also inter-connectedness among researchers, lecturers and students.
"The ministry had set all universities to become smart campus where students will no longer use cash or cards and they will be able to use QR Codes for any transactions in their respective universities to borrow books, for registration, shopping and so on" she said.
Hamisah was speaking during the National Malaysian Education Dean's Council Seminar organised by Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Faculty of Psychology and Education at the campus library yesterday.
During the opening ceremony of the seminar, she gave a talk on Higher Education 4.0 which covered aspects that include the preparation for students and challenges faced by students and lecturers alike towards the Industrial Revolution 4.0.
"We are now teaching millennial children; they are digital natives and the way they learn are different where information can be obtained at a touch of a button, anywhere, anytime.
"So now, the roles of lecturers have changed. They do not only conduct lectures but also play the roles as co-curators of knowledge, together with these students.
"We need to prepare lecturers in Malaysia to face the Higher Education 4.0 to be in line with the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0)" stressed Hamisah.
She said it was crucial to produce competitive and resilient graduates who would be ready to face technology challenges in the IR4.0.
"However, we must not forget to put humanity as our main focus. The main objective of higher education is not only to work, but also to serve mankind.
"In the first shift of the Malaysia Education Blueprint launched in 2015, we need to produce holistic, entrepreneurial graduates who are also balanced between their minds and knowledge" she asserted.
Meanwhile, UMS Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dr D Kamarudin D Mudin said the three-day seminar was timely due to the ever-changing environment and advancement of technology that needs to be adapted by academicians.
"To remain competitive and maintain the relevance of the education industry, we need to also make sure that the future necessity is taken into consideration.
"At UMS, our strategic plan includes to create future-proof graduates who are academically qualified while still possessing moral values and appropriate skills for future requirements" he said in his speech read by Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International) Prof Dr Rasid Mail.
He stressed that UMS system delivery would be ensured to stay in line with the nation's agenda through foundations that include the National Transformation 2050 apart from the ministry's goals and the university's own niche.
Rasid added that the competition and technology advancement has shown rapid changes which need to be addressed.
"The 1,000 computers which have been provided in this library since 12 years ago are being used lesser due to the wide technology access among students through their notebooks and gadgets.
"Therefore, it is crucial for such issues to be considered in the process of education delivery in our country" he asserted.
Also present was Dean of Faculty of Psychology and Education, Prof Dr Mohd Dahlan Abd Malek.
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