Capitalise on expertise of academia, forge IPT-industry strategic collaboration, says Shahar
18 Feb 2022
The government has urged all parties to take the opportunity to create and innovate by capitalising on the expertise of the academia and forge strategic collaboration between institutions of higher learning (IPT) and the industry.
Deputy Finance Minister I Datuk Mohd Shahar Abdullah said the collaboration would encourage innovation based on industry demand in increasing productivity growth, as well as strengthen Malaysia’s economic development.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has raised various issues such as the education implementation process globally, including in Malaysia.
“Not only does it cause delays in conventional learning and teaching, but it also makes the tasks of teachers and lecturers more challenging as they have to adapt to a new normal and habits that require the teaching and learning process to be implemented online,” he said.
He was speaking at the appreciation ceremony and launch of Certification in Islamic Banking and Finance for Legal Practitioners in collaboration with the IUM Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance here today.
Mohd Shahar said in the new millennium, which prioritised lifelong learning skills, there was no choice but to utilise online educational technology and applications.
He said the current educational context requires teachers and lecturers to master information and communication technology literacy.
“While still plagued by uncertainty, the post-COVID-19 education world will operate in a different environment.
“Hence, we need to find more creative and innovative solutions in facing the challenges ahead. We need to move forward towards the next normal,” he added.
“I hope the education sector, which received the largest allocation (of RM52.6 billion) in Budget 2022, will raise its quality standards and be on par with that of developed countries, and most importantly, it needs to keep up with the post-pandemic momentum which, in turn, benefits the country’s human capital,” he said.