Ministry of Higher Education’s IR4.0 Action Plan

Published by on Jul 30, 2020, 10:46 am

KUALA LUMPUR: Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi (KPT) is developing a 4th Industrial Revolution (IR4.0) Action Plan comprising 4 plan of actions to prepare the nation with the vital knowledge, skills and values to withstand the dynamic challenges of the 21st century.

Deputy Minister Prof Dato’ Dr. Mansor Othman listed the 4 strategies are Strengthening Education Governance System towards IR4.0, Enhancing Education 4.0 Ecosystem, Developing Highly Skilled and Knowledgeable Talent for IR4.0 and Enhancing Research and Innovation. He also said it is time that great importance should be given on IR4.0 to embellish for the future and the framework will address the issues and challenges it brings.

“The framework will address the need for universities to enforce their roles in shaping future technology by being the test beds for innovation and educating future generations, look into the ever changing landscape that causes dynamic changes in industry's needs, study the fact that 65 per cent of children entering primary school today will end up working in completely new job types that do not yet exist, as well as the need to enhance the innovation of culture in Malaysia” he added.

Dato' Dr. Mansor at the National Education and Learning Summit 2020

"The framework will be focused on Education 4.0 where we aim to have educators as facilitator, embrace new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), provide a future-ready curriculum, lifelong learning for all and producing multi skilled and multi disciplined learners for the future job market”, Dato Mansor said when delivering his keynote address at the National Education and Learning Summit 2020 themed Rethinking Malaysian Education: Gearing Up for the 4th Industrial Revolution.

The one-day summit was held at Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur. Among those present were KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific President Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh, National Association of Private Educational Institutions President Associate Prof Elajsolan Mohan and Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities president Datuk Paramjit Singh.

Dato Mansor said universities should start preparing curriculum, academicians and students for the IR4.0 wave which is set to reduce the gap between the digital and physical world. He also said academicians should weigh their capabilities on efforts to equip the current generation with the latest knowledge and skills to face future realism by enhancing the approach and methods of education.

The latest technologies, added Dato Mansor, such as Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality and Internet of Things, Cloud Computing and other advancements need to be focused for students to learn its application. The evidence of dramatic change is all around us and it is happening at exponential speed. Future workers will need to be highly trained in the emerging technologies but equally prioritize the values associated with using those technologies.

"In the future, we must not only possess the ability to develop technology but also to know, when and where to use it. Transforming the Malaysian higher education sector for IR4.0 is not a short term process as many institutions have experienced significant challenges. 

We must all work together in a more concerted manner in bringing our higher education system to a greater height. As the future is a challenging one, we need to be resilient, versatile and adaptable to change. As the IR4.0 takes place today, we require a thorough preparation that will get us moving forward and ready face this challenge," said Dato Mansor.

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