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Malaysian varsity takes over Ugandan institute

Hand over. The Minister of State for Higher

Hand over. The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mr John Chrysostom Muyingo (second right), 2nd Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs Kirunda Kivejinja (right), and other officials tour Namataba Technical Institute in Mukono District after handing it over to Limkokwing University of Malaysia yesterday. PHOTO BY DAMALIE MUKHAYE

By Damali Mukhaye
Kampala. Limkokwing University of Malaysia has taken over the government-owned Namataba Technical Institute in Mukono District.

The Malaysian creative technology university will offer technology courses to students.
Handing over the institute to the Malaysian officials at Namataba campus yesterday, the Uganda’s Minister of State for Higher Education, Mr John Chrysostom Muyingo, said the current courses offered at the institute have been phased out. He represented the Minister of Education, Ms Janet Museveni.

The courses include automotive vehicles, construction, welding and fabrication.
Mr Muyingo said the students who have been offering the two-year certificate vocational courses at the institute completed their examinations last Friday and the Education ministry did not admit fresh students last year.

He said the new management of Limkokwing University will take over the institute effective next academic year 2019/2010.
“The Ministry of Education last year signed a memorandum of understanding with Limkokwing University to establish a campus in Uganda. Namataba Technical Institute was selected to host the campus which will provide our students with skills training. We are optimistic that this university will bring her international expertise as a contribution towards the development of high technology and innovative training programmes to drive us towards our Vision 2020,” said Ms Museveni in a speech read for her by Mr Muyingo.

“As government, we attach great importance to the teaching of practical skills and we therefore agreed to collaborate with this university in a public-private-partnership to increase the opportunities of Uganda in gaining access to Limkokwing TVET-oriented courses without having to leave Uganda,” she added.

The Senior President of Limkokwing University, Ms Dato’ Gail Phung, said the university will be the first of its kind in East Africa and will see students from Uganda and the region acquire international degrees and certificates that will enable them compete for jobs worldwide.
“We are set to offer industrial courses which are relevant to Uganda’s economy with high digital technology and with this partnership, we are going to empower the youth of Uganda,” Ms Phung said.

Mr Muyingo and the Malaysian delegation immediately left for State House to meet First Lady and Education Minister, Ms Museveni, for further discussions on tuition charges and other technical considerations before Limkokwing University takes over the institute.
The institute’s principal, Mr Ronald Muwambu, said their 17 teaching and five non-teaching staff will leave to pave way for the new administration.

He said he handed over their staff list to the Ministry of Education for redeployment.
The Mukono Resident District Commissioner, Mr Fred Bamwine, urged government to fulfil its pledge to the local people of giving out sponsorship to the less privileged and reducing tuition charges earlier agreed since they are the host of the new university.


Comment: Wonder would Limkokwing University of Malaysia be offering our own Malaysian Skill Certificate, Diploma & Advance Diploma Skill Certificate (SKM/DKM/DLKM)? Or it has no relation to our Department of Skill Development (DSD/JPK) at all?

Deputy PMs call for stronger Vietnam-Malaysia strategic partnership

NDO/VNA – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held talks with his Malaysian counterpart Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is on an official visit to Vietnam, in Hanoi on October 26.

The two sides said amid changes in the Asia-Pacific region, including ASEAN, that bring about both opportunities and challenges, the two countries should enhance their strategic partnership in a more substantive manner for the sake of the two peoples and for peace, cooperation and prosperous development in the region and the world.

The Deputy PMs applauded the breakthroughs in the strategic partnership over the last five years since its establishment, noting close-knit political ties, substantive economic cooperation, and expanding relations in other fields like defence-security, education-training, labour, culture, and people-to-people exchange.

They agreed to increase mutual visits at all levels between the countries’ Parties, Governments, States, Parliaments and people. Both sides also agreed to continue implementing bilateral cooperation mechanisms effectively and discuss to have a unanimous stance on regional and international issues of shared concern.

Vietnam and Malaysia will keep tightening economic links and promoting bilateral trade to US$15 billion or higher by 2020, the officials said, stressing the need to boost dialogue between their Governments and businesses.

They affirmed the determination to remove obstacles and create optimum conditions for Vietnamese and Malaysian firms to seek investment and business chances, especially in new sectors that apply technology and have high added value like digital economy, clean energy, hi-tech agriculture, infrastructure development and logistics.

They also talks ways to step up cooperation in other fields such as culture, tourism and sea-related areas.

Deputy PM Ismail said the Malaysian Government will further provide favourable conditions for Vietnamese who are living, studying and working in the country. She also agreed to strengthen bilateral ties in labour and vocational training.

At the talks, the Deputy PMs exchanged views on regional and global matters of common concern. They said amid the current regional situation, the two countries should maintain consultation on issues relevant to regional security and strategies and coordinate to help build a united ASEAN, successfully realise the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, enhance the bloc’s centrality in the regional architecture, and bring into play its role in the settlement of strategic issues in the region.

They affirmed the resolve to work closely together to reinforce regional economic connectivity, particularly within the framework of ASEAN, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Malaysia pledged to support Vietnam’s holding of the ASEAN Chair in 2020. Meanwhile, the Vietnamese side also committed support and close coordination when Malaysia hosts APEC events the same year.


Adapt or die – future proofing TVET colleges for a rapidly changing world

Adapt or die – future proofing TVET colleges for a rapidly changing world

Adapt or die – future proofing TVET colleges for a rapidly changing world.







In the face of the 4th industrial revolution and quickly evolving technology, unless South African TVET colleges, develop a technology plan, they will be irrelevant.

These challenging words by Myles Thies, Director of Digital Learning Services, Eiffel Corp at the IVETA conference 2018 held in Cape Town last week. Within the theme of the conference, “Making Technical and Vocational Education Training the First Choice’, Thies urged leaders in the sector to develop plans around technology to ensure they remain relevant in the current education and training environment which is already facing some significant headwinds

“Artificial Intelligence is going to revolutionise the job market and with TVETS being an essential part of education in South Africa, it’s vital for them to develop digital teaching strategies that meet the challenges,” said Thies.

“Over 800 000 students are enrolled at 50 TVET colleges on 264 campuses around the country and it’s imperative these students remain relevant. Graduates already face an uphill battle to find employment so they have to exit their courses with the ability to adapt to a changing work environment as quickly as possible,” he added.

While the 4th industrial revolution will potentially affect jobs, new jobs will replace traditional jobs and these will require a different skill set. TVET colleges will need to improve their way of imparting skills to students.

“Future learning is micro- and blended-learning and curriculums will be online. The workplace will be transformed and digital will be utilized to reskill staff.”

“Aritifical Intelligence (AI) bots recently beat humans at the video game Dota 2. That’s a big deal, because their victory required teamwork and collaboration – a huge milestone in advancing artificial intelligence,” said Thies.

Although the AI bots played 183 years worth of the games before winning they did this and learned strategies quickly. Humans can’t hope to match this type of capability.

Robot automation is projected to take 800 million jobs by 2030. It’s estimated that the half-life of a job skill is about five years (every five years, that skill is about half as valuable as it was before).

Skilled workers thus need to get ahead of that decline in value.
Thies warned workers will be outpaced by AI and automation and the pace of innovation may be faster than the ability of workers to reskill.

With 35% of all jobs in South Africa, almost 5.7 million, currently at risk of total digital automation within a mere seven years, the country could see a crippling effect compounded by a fragile economy and growing unemployment.

TVETS also face competition in the form of international institutions offering digital education.
“Blended is the new black,” said Thies, “students and workers are seeking out programmes that combine localised face-to-face delivery with blended learning delivery options. Those institutions that get this mix right, with the right amount of quality and recognition, will have a winning recipe. Those institutions that fail to innovate delivery options will see a reduction in applications over time.

“The inclusion of technology for distribution and facilitation at a high level of quality is key, otherwise students will go elsewhere.”

Thies posed the questions – how will South Africa cope considering the massive challenges already faced in terms of skills, productivity and education? What do TVETS have to start doing now to be ready for the coming changes and challenges?

According to Thies, there are very few quick fix’s, but he suggests:

1. Investment in technology
Making a serious and conscientious investment in technology is only one small part of the solution. Educator skills and capability to facilitate and impart skills in the technology-dominated space has to be prioritised at every level. Continuous individual professional development and reskilling in digital teaching and assessment practices is essential.

Establishing a supportive technology and innovation ecosystem for all participants in the learning continuum.

2. Adaption
TVETS need to be adaptable in coping with technology and the new environment. Learners are seeking out new modes of learning based on their current use of technology, but educators are not at the level of digital teaching and learning to meet them, thereby forcing the TVET student to remain in a face-to-face teaching environment. Insittutions need to embrace mobility.

3. Responsive
The ability and speed of adaptation must be robust enough to cope with the increasing pace of innovation. Teacher & lecturer skills are not keeping pace with innovation and capabilities.

Learners are more discerning and competition for TVET learners will be fierce (TVETS already play second fiddle to universities in SA.The TVET sector is trying to change this). Academic, facilitation and administrative quality has to be agile and flexible. Lecturers should be rewarded and recognised for digital teaching innovation. Baseline standards for digital teaching & learning that embrace course design and content standards are essential as well.