PUTRAJAYA: The education ministry today signed a strategic partnership agreement with four oil and gas (O&G) companies to widen job prospects for polytechnic and community college graduates.
The partnership is an initiative to provide opportunities for graduates in the O&G field by bringing the four industry players into a focus group.
The companies are EEW Malaysia, Dynac Group, Malaysia Marine Heavy Engineering, and Brooke Dockyard and Engineering Works.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Education Minister Maszlee Malik said this is the first focus group under the initiative.
He said that by grouping businesses into such groups, it would be possible to address issues specific to the industry, achieve greater efficiency and drive better synergy in the initiative.
“Having focus is indeed a critical factor for any success, especially when we are moving towards having an industry-led and industry-certified framework for technical and vocational education and training.
“If the accountancy profession has ACCA, CIMA, MICPA and others, I hope today’s TVET O&G cluster will lead to a similarly dedicated group that strives to make education and training in the industry world-class and forward-looking,” he said.
The signing ceremony at Putrajaya International Convention Centre was attended by Thorsten Petermann, managing director of EEW Malaysia; Jasman Bongkek, Dynac Group CEO; Mashitah Wan Abdullah Sani, managing director and CEO of Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering; and Tajul Ariff, head of KL Office Operation, Brooke Dockyard & Engineering Works.
Also present were Abdul Rahman Mohamed Shariff from the Industrial Secretariat, TVET Cabinet Empowerment Committee, and Mohammad Naim Yaakub, director of the Polytechnic and Community College Department.
KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (Unirazak) is looking to offer new programmes to cater for the needs of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (4IR).
Vice-Chancellor Professor Datin Dr Samsinar Md Sidin said it would introduce the new programmes to ensure that students were prepared for the industry’s demands.
She hoped that Unirazak would be the first private university to cater for the 4IR.
“We will offer programmes that prepare our graduates to be a future-ready generation, hence we are looking not just within Malaysia but also to what is happening around the world.
“It is not just about programmes, but also the teaching and learning techniques, as well as skills.
“In order to achieve that, we have to be dynamic in terms of how we do things and I hope Unirazak would be able to do that for their students, as well as for the nation,” she said at the university’s 19th convocation here.
A total of 215 graduates from faculties of Bank Rakyat School of Business and Entrepreneurship, Tun Abdul Razak School of Government and Graduate School of Business received their graduation scrolls.
The ceremony was officiated by Chancellor Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, who presented the scrolls to the graduates.
When asked if the university was prepared to embrace the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics programme, Samsinar said Unirazak was working closely with industries to obtain new content to include in its curriculum.
“We want these industry experts to come and teach our students as they are willing to learn beyond their programmes.”
Ahmad Sarji, in his speech, said the Fourth Industrial Revolution had been changing the world. He said Artificial intelligence, robotics, Big Data and the Internet of Things would collectively impact jobs and industries in the future.
“Unirazak has developed an Education 4.0 experience for students through the Unirazak Online Experience, better known as UROX, that rides on the Canvas System.
“This was introduced this year to all students and faculty members with the objective to expand teaching and learning at the university,” he said.
Comment: Do you know that Unirazak would soon have an URise program offering Professional Diploma in Industrial Management (ProDip) & Executive Bachelor in Industrial Management (EBIM) that’s been created specially for TVET graduates? It aims to: 1) Bridge TVET graduates to an MQA accredited Bachelor’s Degree or Masters Degree 2) Advance TVET graduates in their career with a Bachelor’s Degree, where most do not have a chance if they don’t have SPM with 3 credits, MQA Diploma or Diploma Kemahiran Malaysia (DKM). 3) Elevate TVET graduates’ social status.
KUALA LUMPUR: The negative perception that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is a second choice for weak students compared to conventional academic field should be eliminated by parents, said Deputy Human Resources Minister, Datuk Mahfuz Omar (pix).
He said parents should place more confidence and support on their children taking TVET as this field is capable of producing the local manpower needed by the industry and nation to face Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0).
“The move is seen as giving confidence to the people in TVET,” he told a question and answer session at Dewan Rakyat here today.
Mahfuz was replying to a supplementary question by Datuk Seri Ismail Abd Muttalib (BN-Maran) on the statistics of TVET student intake which is still low compared to developed countries such as Germany, Holland and Australia and wanted to know what are the measures taken towards empowering the field.
To empower TVET, Mahfuz said via a 2025 plan under the National Skills Development Council which involved six ministries, his ministry is also focusing on TVET Tahfiz programme as the first step to extend skills training to young Tahfiz students.
“We want to ensure Tahfiz students also have a future to enter the employment sector,” he said.
Mahfuz said he had held a meeting with Kedah State Islamic Religious Council recently which was attended by 70 Tahfiz centre representatives to discuss the government’s plan for Tahfiz TVET
Comment: Besides technical bachelors (Bachelor of Technology), TVET graduates with SKM2, SKM3 or DKM will also have a chance to obtain an executive bachelor in industrial management in a much shorter time frame (9 months) under the URise program that’s being offered by Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, KL together with ISE Education Sdn Bhd. URise program has been specially designed for TVET graduates, hence need not worry that it’s too academic & tough. Blended learning is implemented (online & offline learning at the University) to move with times. *KWSP withdrawal can be done, on top of other payment options like credit card & the latest e-wallets.
Timbalan Ketua Setiausaha Perancangan Strategik Kementerian Pendidikan, Datuk Kamel Mohamad, berkata program itu merealisasikan agenda pendidikan teknikal dan latihan vokasional (TVET) di negara ini.
“Menerusi inisiatif pemerkasaan TVET ini, graduan DVM, DKM dan DLKM berpeluang untuk melebarkan lagi kemahiran dan pengetahuan mereka.
“Semua penuntut universiti yang mengambil program ini hendaklah turut berusaha mengangkat martabat TVET sebagai aliran pendidikan perdana dengan cara menyumbang kepakaran dan menjadi penyelesai masalah kepada masyarakat apabila tamat pengajian kelak,” katanya.
Beliau berkata demikian pada Majlis Pelancaran Jerayawara dan Promosi Ijazah Sarjana Muda Teknologi di Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) baru-baru ini.
Yang turut hadir, Naib Canselor UTHM, Prof Datuk Dr Wahid Razzaly dan Timbalan Naib Canselor (Akademik dan Antarabangsa) UTHM merangkap Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Program Ijazah Sarjana Muda Teknologi MTUN, Prof Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman.
Program pengajian baharu itu yang mendapat pengiktirafan Agensi Kelayakan Malaysia (MQA) dan pensijilan badan profesional Lembaga Teknologis Malaysia (MBOT) ini membabitkan 10 jurusan yang menawarkan program berasaskan teknologi.
Antaranya ialah bidang penyejukan dan penyamanan udara, kimpalan, pemesinan, pembinaan bangunan, perkhidmatan makanan, minyak dan gas, penyelenggaraan sistem elektrik, sistem automasi elektronik, automotif serta keselamatan dan kesihatan pekerjaan.
Semua program ini akan mula mengambil pelajar pada September 2020.
Bagi memperkenal program baharu ini, MTUN merancang untuk menjalankan promosi, menyebar luas dan mengukuhkan kerjasama industri sama ada di dalam atau luar negara.
Jerayawara ini juga bertujuan mempromosikan laluan bagi graduan kemahiran di Malaysia ke peringkat universiti menerusi kerjasama MTUN dan pada masa sama memperkenalkan program pengajian tinggi itu kepada wakil institut latihan kemahiran awam dan swasta dan wakil industri.
Selain UTHM, universiti awam yang menganggotai MTUN ialah i Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) dan Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP).
Komen: Selain bidang teknikal, graduan TVET dengan SKM2, SKM3 ataupun DKM juga boleh bakal dapat ijazah pengurusan industri dalam masa yang singkat (9 bulan) dengan program URise yang ditawarkan oleh Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, KL bersama ISE Education Sdn Bhd. Program ini direka khas untuk graduan TVET, jadi jangan bimbang ia terlalu akademik & susah. Pembelajaran blended, atas talian dan bersemuka di Universiti Boleh buat pengeluaran dari KWSP ataupun bayar dengan kad kredit.
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 — Nepal plans to introduce Bahasa Melayu (BM) as an elective subject in its schools to equip students with communication skills in the professional setting in Malaysia.
The matter, however, needs further discussion with Nepalese Cabinet and relevant authorities, said Nepalese Education, Science and Technology Minister Giriraj Mani Pokharel when he held a bilateral meeting with Malaysia’s Education Minister Maszlee Malik recently.
Giriraj also welcomed Maszlee’s proposal to set up a Malaysian language institution in the South Asian nation to teach BM to Nepalese.
Speaking to Bernama when met on the sidelines of the World Innovative Summit For Education 2019, held between November 19 to 21 in Doha, Qatar, Maszlee said:
“There are approximately 357,000 Nepali currently working in Malaysia, primarily in the security, manufacturing and hospitality sectors.
“Teaching BM and setting up institutions would be useful when Nepalese seek employment in Malaysia as they would be able to communicate fluently and boost their career.”
Maszlee said both leaders also discussed on enhancing and improving Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) studies in Nepal.
“Nepalese minister was impressed with our German Dual Training System for TVET and for them, it would be useful.
“This is because Nepal wants to produce skilful Nepalese workers to work abroad with better pay and a TVET certification,” he said.
Maszlee said Nepal was also looking for opportunities to send their students to pursue post-graduate studies in Malaysia, and to collaborate with Malaysian universities.
Giriraj also extended an invitation to Maszlee to visit Nepal in conjunction with the Visit Nepal 2020, and to attend the Artificial Intelligence Conference in Kathmandu next year.
FOR the nation to move forward in tandem with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0) and beyond, there is a clear need for a well-trained technical workforce with skill sets that are present- and future-ready as well as future-resilient.
Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) programmes have always been seen as the vehicle to prepare aptly-skilled human capital but somehow the general perspective is that they fall short in terms of the level of skills and knowledge needed for the industry to forge ahead.
Graduates who have qualified from TVET institutions previously do not have a clear career pathway to further their studies and secure jobs that are highly technical in nature.
To create more career pathways and opportunities for TVET students, the Education Ministry with the Malaysian Technical University Network (MTUN) comprising four universities — Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) , Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) , Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) and Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) — and the professional body for technologists and technicians, the Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT), have collaborated in establishing newly developed Bachelor of Technology Degree (BTech) programmes in specific technology fields.
Some universities have introduced several of the courses last month at the beginning of the 2019/2020 academic year while other universities will make the courses available in September next year.
The articulation process entails matching the courses, requirements and coursework at vocational colleges with that at higher education institutions.
“KVs start enrolling students as young as 16, post PMR/PT3 examination towards Diploma Vokasional Malaysia (DVM) through Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM) without SPM. That posed a problem for the graduates should they decide to pursue a Bachelor’s degree and beyond at public universities. Other than that they often face difficulty in transitioning from TVET-based education to an academic-based degree programme,” he explained.
The entry level requirement for BTech programmes in MTUN is not based solely on SPM qualification, Ahmad Zaidee highlighted.
For DVM graduates, most of the candidates have taken the equivalency courses to SPM’s Bahasa Melayu dan Sejarah, namely Bahasa Melayu 1104 as well as Sejarah 1251. For DKM and DLKM graduates, most of the students have taken SPM which already includes Bahasa Melayu and Sejarah.
In any case this nation-building initiative is not met, MTUN has agreed the student can enrol for the courses during their tenure years of BTech studies.
“MBOT through Technicians Act 2015 (Act 768) has established the Technology & Technical Accreditation Council (TTAC). This is a Joint Technical Committee with the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) to perform accreditation on professional technology and technical programmes. The council has published a Technology & Technical Accreditation Manual 2019 (TTAC MANUAL) for a comprehensive guideline for education providers (EP) to design and develop their programmes in the advanced technological fields,” he said.
UniMAP Academic Management Office dean Professor Dr Anuar Mat Safar said the availability of BTech programmes for DVM and DKM qualification holders is timely.
“It is estimated there are 50,000 students graduating with DVM and DKM every year. With the availability of BTech programmes, these students can obtain Bachelor’s degree-level qualifications as per required to face the challenges of IR 4.0,” he said.
The main difference between BTech and conventional degree programmes is that the former were developed based on occupational requirement while the latter are more discipline-based, UTeM vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Wira Dr Raha Abdul Rahim explained.
“In conventional degree, fundamental and technological courses such as mathematics, physics etc are taught separately. In BTech programmes, the focus is for a graduate to perform a task in the work environment, hence fundamental and technological knowledge that is usually taught in different courses are embedded into a course on a particular competency set,” she said.
For example, she illustrated that a BTech Welding programme comprises a course of Welding inspection that combines elements of mathematics, physics, material studies, and local laws accordingly rather than have the subjects taken in separate courses, as with conventional programmes.
UTHM vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Wahid Razzaly, meanwhile, explained that the current delivery or execution of BTech programmes uses the approach of Work Based Learning (WBL) in block released manner. This means the students undergo their studies in two phases: two and a half years at university and another year in the industry.
“The curriculum structure is towards preparing students into industry 4.0 in line with the Program Educational Objective, which is to produce technologist, technopreneur and entrepreneurship.
As such, the success ratio of higher graduate employability is ensured as the students will have a structured WBL courses in the industry itself within a year before they graduate,” he said.
He said another delivery approach via apprenticeship is still in the development progress. The idea is to have workers upgrade their qualifications by studying two days in university and working three days.
UMP Center for Academic Innovation & Competitiveness (CAIC) director Associate Professor Dr Mohd Rusllim Mohamed, who is a director of the MBOT Technology and Technical Accreditation Secretariat, observed that MoE and the Ministry of Human Resources have been working closely to ensure the programmes are running accordingly.
“So far, the government has distributed some budget for reskilling and upskilling of existing lecturers, mentoring training for industry workers, and the implementation of a newly developed concept of teaching factory — University Revaluation Teaching Factory (URTF). Here, students are involved in industry production line, thus creating valuable experiential learning even before they graduate,” he said.
He related that MoE has approached the Malaysian German Chamber of Commerce and Industries (MGCCI) to become a strategic partner to BTech’s MTUN, so that the programmes can be further improved to meet the German standards.
“With MGCCI on board, all of its over 400 companies’ partners would be willing to be part of the ministry’s TVET empowerment agenda,” he said.
To improve the quality of teaching and learning based on IR 4.0, Anuar said UniMAP is currently applying to develop a teaching plant through the URTF effort.
“This involves practical sessions of industrial design, engineering design and 3D printing at this teaching plant,” said Anuar.
UniMAP’s Faculty of Engineering Technology has also applied for TVET transfer of technology (TOT) for existing lecturers to further enhance their knowledge and skills.
“The main objective of this TOT is to obtain professional certification for lecturers at the faculty. Some laboratories are also proposed to be turned into industrial laboratories, to enable professional certificates to be issued. Training to obtain a teaching professional certificate has also been proposed as one of the TOT TVET agendas to be implemented after this provision is approved,” he said.
At UTHM, Wahid said nine memoranda of understanding and eight letters of intent with related industries have been signed.
“The University-Industry partnerships include those with Siemens, Acson, Carrier, Festo, HardRock Hotel, NIOSH, Binaan Desjaya and Proton. The approach of BTech programmes is to have 60 per cent work-based learning and 40 per cent theory,” he said.
Director of UTeM’s Academic Planning and Development Office Associate Professor Dr Muhammad Fahmi Miskon said with a BTech degree in hand, TVET graduates can also request for appropriate and adequate amount of salaries coherent with the skills that they own.
“It is believed that the competition for fresh graduates to get a job has gotten tougher. Hands-on skills, experience and knowledge are what employers look for today,” he said.
Other than having more students involved in skilled courses, Ahmad Zaidee said it is also very important to get the students to further their studies so that they would be more intellectually improved in many aspects.
“The graduates of these programmes are expected to be employed as soon as they graduate because the programmes are designed to fulfil the needs of the industries.
“The launch of B.Tech programmes in MTUN reflects the government’s commitment in promoting and acknowledging TVET as the driving force in the country’s development. The curriculum is more practical and flexible to meet the challenges of the IR 4.0,” he said.
As the primary professional body for TVET, he said MBOT prepares TVET graduates as technologists and technicians that are readily accepted not just in the local but also the global industry.
“We are establishing our footing in the international arena with other countries via bilateral or multilateral cooperation.
“To date, we have been accepted as provisional signatory for Seoul Accord (multilateral co-accreditation agreement for Information & Computing Technology programmes). MBOT has also taken a proactive step in proposing to pioneer the establishment of APEC Technologists and Technicians Register (ATTR) which is anticipated to be launched next year when Malaysia hosts APEC 2020,” he said.
Comment: It’s not just BTech that DVM/DKM/DLKM graduates can pursue, they can also consider EBIM (Executive Bachelor in Industrial Management), an URise bridging program by Universiti Tun Abdul Razak where Technical Leadership and Industrial Revolution 4.0 are the core learning outcomes.
Executive Bachelor in Industrial Management (EBIM), specializing in Leadership, enable skilled personnel to excel into managerial positions with enhancements in managerial core abilities. The course covers the learning in soft-skills of leadership, managerial abilities, business communication and project management.
For SKM1&2 graduates, they are also not forgotten as their pathway would be to Professional Diploma in Industrial Management.
Truly understanding TVET candidates’ situation, SPM is not a pre-requisite, yay! Another exciting part about the program is that it’s a blended learning, means it’s conducted online and face to face classroom.
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