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MIDA to continue foster partnership, ensuring knowledge-equipped skilled-talent

Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) will continue to foster partnerships between the local academia, technical and vocational institutions as well as captains of industry on a regional basis.

This is to ensure the availability of knowledge-equipped skilled-talent in the right industries to meet the needs of the emerging Industry 4.0 landscape.

“Technological advancement calls for a matching talent pool that is both present proofs yet future-ready and this challenge is a reality globally.

“Given the fact that the quality of a country’s talent pool is also one of the key attractions for investors, it comes as no surprise that Malaysia too has set her sights on becoming one of Asia’s key players in the talent pool arena,” it said in the Malaysia Investment Performance Report 2018 released recently.

The agency said while changes in technology spell new opportunities, Malaysia must strive to reduce the talent gap, thereby compelling both industry and academia to refresh their systems, policies, processes, and strategic initiatives.

As part of its talent pipeline initiative, MIDA has launched an Apprenticeship Programme, which is a trilateral partnership between MIDA, Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) and Ministry of Education, aimed at addressing the shortage of technical skills highlighted by FMM members.

For its pilot project, MIDA engaged a total of five member companies that assisted in placing 34 students at respective vocational colleges for the four main courses offered, namely industrial machining, electrical, welding and electronics.

“To further compliment such talent pipeline initiatives, universities and companies can do more by collaborating to develop industry-ready graduates,” it said.

Heading this agenda, MIDA played advocate on Oct 31, 2018, to the National Policy on Industry 4.0, in addressing the need for digital transformation of the manufacturing sector and its related services.

Source: Bernama

MIDA to continue foster partnership, ensuring knowledge-equipped skilled-talent


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Source: NST

MIDA team to promote projects along ECRL route


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Malaysia, with a score of 95 out of 100, was ranked first in the Best Healthcare in the World category of the 2019 International Living Annual Global Retirement Index.

According to the International Living website, among top six countries that obtained the best ratings in the category of Best Healthcare in the World for this year, Malaysia ranked first with its world-class healthcare services and sophisticated infrastructure.

It said that with 13 hospitals in the country accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI), where almost all doctors – majority of whom were trained in the United Kingdom, the United States or Australia – were fluent in English, thus communication was flawless.

“There are both private and public hospitals for expatriates to choose from, to suit one’s needs though the private hospitals tend to be a bit more expensive but are more up to Western standards than the public hospitals,” it said, adding that even at the private hospitals, the treatment was affordable for minor visits.

“Here (in Malaysia), you don’t need to make an appointment to see a specialist and you don’t need a referral from a general practitioner. It’s as simple as registering at a hospital of your choice and waiting in line to see your specialist of choice,” it said.

“The prescriptions in Malaysia cost a fraction of what you pay at home. But it’s not just the cost that is attractive – it’s the service.

“Pharmacists, similar to rest of medical staff in Malaysia, are well-trained and informed. The Malaysians are friendly people, but it’s the genuine interest they take which impresses,” it said.

Source:  Bernama

Posted on : 07 February 2019

Malaysia ranks 1st in world’s best healthcare category


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University of Malaya (UM) is the best performing university in Malaysia, according to the recent release of Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings (THE-EEUR).

In UM’s statement today, the university has been positioned at no. 18 in the ranking system, which placed it among the top 20 emerging economies universities.

The THE-EEUR system, which is now in its sixth year, includes a special group of 300 plus universities across 40 over countries classified by the British’s Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE) as advanced emerging, secondary emerging or frontier economies. Malaysia is classified as advanced emerging by the FTSE classification.

UM said it will continue to focus on strengthening its fundamentals through the many phases of its strategic plan.

“Through the UM Eco-Campus Blueprint (UMECB), UM has expanded its research focus on environment and sustainability matters linked to the United Nations Sustainability Goals (SDGs). Many initiatives outlined in the UMECB is promulgating UM’s research orientation towards closer partnership in various industries and community,” it said.

UM’s vice-chancellor Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Hashim said the university’s participation in the ranking system is to further improve its value proposition and to benchmark UM against other institutions of higher learning.

“UM aims to improve its linkages and collaboration with strategic industries and international partnerships in order to better prepare UM graduates to handle new technologies as the economy moves towards Industrial Revolution (IR) 4.0. The challenge is how universities can handle these fast evolving smart technologies in this IR 4.0 era,” he said.

He thanked the university community especially the staff and students for their commitment and contributions towards the achievement of the University’s performance, and expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Education (MOE) for its unwavering support.

“I hope that the ministry will continue to provide stronger support so that UM could rise further in university rankings in the coming years,” he added.

Source: The Edge Markets

Posted on : 16 January 2019

UM is top university in Malaysia, says Times Higher Education ranking


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The US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Centre (GIPC), in its seventh annual international intellectual property (IP) index, ranks Malaysia second in Southeast Asia

ber9219aSource: Bernama

Posted on : 09 February 2019

Malaysia ranks 2nd in S-E Asia intellectual property index


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Thailand in 2nd place, followed by Indonesia and the Philippines, says Tutelanst8219a

Source: NST

Posted on : 08 February 2019

Malaysia best in network survey


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Taylor’s University has again achieved Malaysia’s highest rank in all of the 48 subject tables in the latest edition of the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University rankings by subject.

According to the 2019 instalment of the ranking, the private institution has risen seven positions to 14 in the Hospitality & Leisure Management ranking.

Taylor’s University vice-chancellor and president Prof Michael Driscoll ( pic) said the achievement was especially significant with the change in the employer reputation component for this subject.

“This year, there is an increase in the weightage of how the institution is viewed by employers.

“Our strong performance is indicative of how our students are viewed by industry players and proves to us that our approach is well received by the industry,” he said.

Prof Driscoll said this was the first time its Business and Management Studies subject made it into the rankings.

UCSI University Institute of Music director Prof Dr P’ng Tean Hwa said this was the second year they were listed in the 51-100 bracket for Performing Arts.

“The ranking, once again, cements UCSI’s Institute of Music standing as the nation’s foremost music school and one of the best in the region,” he said.

“We always work together with our students so this achievement belongs to our alumni and students, just as much as it does to our teaching staff.

“We are also grateful for the support given by our partners from the music industry in contributing to this milestone.”

Other Malaysian universities have taken a tumble in this edition of the rankings with only four Malaysian departments ranking among the top 50 in the world for their subject compared to nine in 2018.

Universiti Malaya (UM) is Malaysia’s most ranked university with placings in 34 subjects.

Despite it being the most ranked local varsity, all of UM’s subjects have seen a drop in their positions.

Among them are Library & Information Management, which is down seven places to 31 and Development Studies which has dropped eight places to 38.

The global higher education analysts said the drop in the rank of Malaysia’s universities occurred primarily because employers were recording less satisfaction with the country’s graduates.

This decrease in employer satisfaction outweighed improvements in research performance, the statement said.

In total, 157 Malaysian university departments are ranked with 26 Malaysian university departments making it into the top 100.

Only 11 departments recorded improvements while 76 departments recording a drop in their position this year.

However, QS research director Ben Sowter said: “There are 78 countries represented in this edition of the rankings, and Malaysia is 22nd globally for the number of university departments featured.

“A positive result for a young nation which is competing on the world’s stage with countries boasting higher education systems established centuries ago.”

The ranking is an extensive overview of international higher education performance, with over 1,200 universities from 78 locations ranked in 48 subject tables and five broad disciplinary tables.

Source: The Star 

Posted on : 27 February 2019

Taylor’s the top Malaysian varsity in QS world ranking


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Malaysia has maintained its strong position globally, ranking second highest in Southeast Asia and 12th out of 169 countries for trade connectivity, says the DHL Global Connectedness Index (GCI) report.

The fifth edition of the GCI, which measures international flows of trade, capital, information and people, stated that Malaysia also improved the depth and breadth of its global connectedness to 15th and 28th places in the world respectively.

DHL Express Malaysia and Brunei managing director Julian Neo said Malaysia’s consistent top 20 ranking in the Global Connectedness Index is evidenced by a steady growth in Malaysia’s trade with Asean.

“By increasing our nation’s connectedness, Malaysia is well poised to meet the growth targets set by the International Trade and Industry Ministry,” he said.

The GCI report said Southeast Asian countries benefit from linkages with the wider Asian supply chain networks as well as Asean policy initiatives promoting economic integration.

Malaysia and three other Southeast Asian countries – Cambodia, Singapore and Vietnam – were economies where international flows exceeded expectations the most, said the report.

“This is expected to create a positive effect for the region as deeper global connectedness can help accelerate countries’ economic growth,” it said. — Bernama

Source: Bernama

Posted on : 18 March 2019

Malaysia ranks 2nd in Southeast Asia for trade connectivity


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Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru have retained their rankings for quality of life in Asia at 10th and 12th, respectively, said a survey.

This also means that KL is placed second spot in Southeast Asia behind Singapore, according to the Mercer Quality of Living City Ranking 2019 survey.

On the global scale, KL is at No 85 and Johor Bahru No 101.

“In Asia, Singapore (25) has the highest quality of living in the region, followed by the five Japanese cities of Tokyo (49), Kobe (49), Yokohama (55), Osaka (58), and Nagoya (62), and then Hong Kong (71) and Seoul (77), which rose two places this year as political stability returned following the arrest of its president last year,” the survey said.

In South Asia, New Delhi is placed at 162, “Mumbai (154) and Bengaluru (149) remained unchanged from last year’s ranking for overall quality of living, with Colombo (138) topping the ranking. In 105th place, Chennai ranks as the region’s safest city, while Karachi (226) is the least safe,” it said.

In Europe, Vienna is at the top, Zurich second and Munich third. All three cities also clocked in the same rankings on the global scale.

Munich shares the overall third place with Vancouver (Canada) and Auckland (New Zealand)

In the Middle East, Dubai (74) continues to rank highest for quality of living, followed by Abu Dhabi (78), but Sana’a (229) and Baghdad (231) are among the poorest performers in the region.

In South America, Montevideo (78) is ranked highest, while continued political turmoil kicked Caracas (202) down nine spots.

The Mercer survey evaluates local living conditions in more than 450 cities worldwide. Living conditions are analysed according to 39 factors in 10 categories.

Source: The Edge Markets 

Posted on : 13 March 2019

KL and JB among top 20 Asian cities for quality of life: Survey


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45pc of respondents positive economy will recover in next 12 months, survey shows

Source: NST

Posted on : 22 May 2019

Malaysia ranks 6th globally


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