Universities must transform to align with Industry 4.0

Universities are called to engage industry more in preparation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) and today’s graduates are urged to practise lifelong learning.   

This was the appeal made by Chancellor Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah in his address at Wawasan Open University’s (WOU) 9th Convocation ceremony held in Hotel Equatorial Penang today.

THE GRADUATION CEREMONY IN PROGRESS.

He said that Industry 4.0, with breakthroughs like artificial intelligence, robotics, 3-D printing, autonomous vehicles and smart factories, is impacting the workplace and society. “Universities must therefore transform what they teach and how students learn”, he declared, adding that 21st century knowledge and skills in data analytics, big data, cloud computing, AI and automation are critical for producing employable, future-proof graduates.

Pro-Chancellor Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon mentioned that policies are being formulated to mitigate any negative impacts from Industry 4.0, and harness the benefits of the new technologies, like the National Policy on Industry 4.0 recently launched by the government.

TUN DZAIDDIN WANTS UNIVERSITIES TO TRANSFORM IN THE FACE ON INDUSTRY 4.0

He stated that education is also disrupted by the new technologies, and so WOU has embarked on a major transformation initiative from mid-2017 to ensure it stays relevant.   “Building on the foundation and   achievements so far, WOU should forge ahead to be the university of the future. We shall also reach out beyond our shores to other ASEAN countries.”

He also highlighted that WOU will launch the George Town Institute for Open and Advanced Studies (GIOAS) to gather advanced ideas and initiatives in January 2019.

TUN DZAIDDIN WANTS UNIVERSITIES TO TRANSFORM IN THE FACE ON INDUSTRY 4.0

 
 

PROF ZORAINI HIGHLIGHTS ON THE ACHIEVEMENTS AND DEVELOPMENTS OF WOU.

In her report, Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Zoraini Wati Abas shared that this Convocation produced 658 graduates, with 166 at the postgraduate-level and 492 at the undergraduate-level.  There were two inaugural PhD graduates in Arts & Humanities as well as the first batches of graduates from the open distance learning (ODL) programmes of mechatronics and human resource management.

Sixty four out of the 492 graduates at the undergraduate-level were from full-time study, including the first batches from the logistics & supply chain management, sales & marketing, and computer systems & networks programmes.

PROF ZORAINI AND DR KOH CONGRATULATE TOP STUDENTS POONAM DEVI (LEFT) AND PAUL GOH (RIGHT).

Prof Zoraini also congratulated the three top students. The Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Memorial Prize for best ODL graduate at the postgraduate-level was won by Datin Poonam Devi Talissiram from the Commonwealth Executive MBA (CeMBA) programme.  The Chancellor’s Gold Medal for topping the ODL undergraduate class was presented to Paul Goh Yeng Weeh from the Bachelor of Technology (Hons) in Construction Management programme.

Poonam is a director of an employment screening agency in Petaling Jaya, while Goh juggles work as a senior manager for project and quality at a construction company in Puchong and his current studying of an MBA in Construction Management at WOU.

TOP GRADUATE FROM THE FULL-TIME UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES, LAU SHEUE WEN.

The Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik Memorial Gold Prize for the most outstanding student from the full-time undergraduate programmes was awarded to Lau Sheue Wen, from the Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Management programme. She is a management trainee at a manufacturing company in Sungai Petani, Kedah.

Share:

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on whatsapp
WhatsApp

Post a comment

Your email address will not be published.

On Key

Related Posts

Natasha Goh
Posted by Natasha Goh
May 19, 2022

Unlocking Career Opportunities with DiGiT

The School of Digital Technology (DiGiT) Senior Lecturers...

Read More
Natasha Goh
Posted by Natasha Goh
May 17, 2022

Develop your Personal Branding for Greater Reach on LinkedIn

You should know your Social Selling Index (SSI)...

Read More
admin@wou
Posted by admin@wou
May 10, 2022

VC: Make Lifelong Connections at University

Making lifelong friendships and lifelong networks are very...

Read More
admin@wou
Posted by admin@wou
May 9, 2022

WOU Donates Computers to Phor Tay High School for Education

WOU donated 10 refurbished desktop computers to Phor...

Read More
Natasha Goh
Posted by Natasha Goh
May 5, 2022

Making Meaningful Connections: Foundation of Successful Sales

Understanding what is important for your clientele and...

Read More
Natasha Goh
Posted by Natasha Goh
April 25, 2022

Increase your market value as a Certified Project Manager

Employers around the world are looking for certified...

Read More
Natasha Goh
Posted by Natasha Goh
April 14, 2022

Achieve Your Web Developer Dream with a WOU Degree

Web development is an important facet of any...

Read More
Natasha Goh
Posted by Natasha Goh
April 11, 2022

Education is Key to Understand and Support People with HIV/AIDS

Inadequate knowledge and awareness of HIV/AIDS is an...

Read More
Natasha Goh
Posted by Natasha Goh
April 11, 2022

Applying Literature to Engage Learners with Creative Activities

For students to be motivated to participate in...

Read More
admin@wou
Posted by admin@wou
April 11, 2022

Becoming a Sought-after Technical Expert, after WOU

The technical skills and qualifications derived from WOU’s...

Read More
admin@wou
Posted by admin@wou
April 8, 2022
Natasha Goh
Posted by Natasha Goh
March 24, 2022

Understanding Children with Learning Disability in Mathematics

Dyscalculia is not as well-known as dyslexia, and...

Read More
We use cookies to give you the best experience.