The environment surrounding education is in flux, first through the wave of digitalisation, followed by the Coronavirus pandemic. While one presented obstacles and challenges, the other offered solutions and a glimpse of what the future learning centre could look like. Along with earlier predictions of change that come with the 4th Industrial Revolution to the future workplace and types of work it would render obsolete, choices make in education will have profound effects on one’s future. Such rapid pace of change present educators and their students with significant challenges as educators themselves are required to pick up new skills and constantly be updated with the latest knowledge to ensure their students are up to par with the needs of industry.
Yet, education will always have a crucial role in preparing the young to meet the challenges of tomorrow, not only for the workplace, but for the development of necessary skillsets required for their personal journey in life – decision making, resilience, dynamism, leadership, and other cognitive abilities. Through the struggle of determining a means forward, approaches to education have to be revitalised to ensure strong fundamentals for the delivery of high-quality education by returning the joy and intrigue of teaching and learning to all parties involved for knowledge remains key to success.
The 2022 National Education and Learning Summit is an annual event for the experts of education deliberate the challenges faced and opportunities ahead in preparing our young for the future workplace. The Summit is a gathering of educationalists, policy makers, captains of industry, and interested parties in the area of education to discuss key emerging themes to pave the way forward to transform Malaysian education to one of world-class quality.
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The past two years saw significant changes in the mode of teaching and learning with virtual means becoming the norm. With lockdowns being lifted, vaccine rates picking up, and a general sense of confidence returning to education institutions and students, lecture halls are being packed up once again. What were the lessons learned the past two years with the pandemic? What should be avoided? How will higher learning institutions proceed, especially with international student enrolments? Is it business as usual, or will things change for the better?
The world has transformed, not only due to the pandemic, but also with the continued march of digitalisation and automation. With a work from home culture becoming more common place and the need for a physical office space less so, what type of skills to employees and employers need to continue effective function of the company and organisation? What are jobs of the future and how should educators be preparing students of these jobs?
By YB Datuk Mohamad Bin Haji Alamin, Deputy Minister of Education II, Malaysia
Some debates have taken place over the quality of graduates with some even insinuating their unemployability. The question remains if this is truly the case. If so, this is a problem that cannot be ignored as is consequences will be felt by both the future employee and employers alike. This session is an opportunity for industry captains to give their views on how relevant the latest batch of graduates have been to their industries. Feedback from this session will allow higher education institutions to evaluate the effectiveness of their courses and programmes.
Sports, social activities, clubs and interest groups, and other programmes deemed “extra” curricular education has often been listed as a secondary priority by parents, and increasingly by school management as well. Yet, these activities are crucial towards a child’s development and, more importantly, how well they will fare in the workplace. With students stranded at home for the past two years and social distancing threatening to affect co-curricular activities even further, the development of social, leadership, and management skills may continue be hampered. This session will allow speakers to discuss the significance of these effects and if co-curricular programmes are given even consideration in Malaysian education.