The Higher Education Forum 2017 (MyHEF2017) is the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia’s signature event. Held for the first time in its current iteration, MyHEF2017 aims to bring together various stakeholders – including academics, researchers, students, NGOs, members of the community, and industry players - to engage in meaningful and thought-provoking discussions on higher education. MyHEF2017 will see the gathering of top education and industry experts, locally and globally, to share their views on emerging trends affecting the higher education space. MyHEF2017 will also act as MOHE’s platform to share the progress being made in transforming (or as we say, redesigning) Malaysian higher education for the future.
Participation in MyHEF2017 on 23rd November 2017 (Day 1) is open to the public, while 24th November 2017 (Day 2) is by invitation only.
The Higher Education Forum 2017 (MyHEF2017), organised by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE), recognises that the 4th Industrial Revolution known as Industry 4.0 will necessitate an introspection of our higher education system.
Characterised by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as ‘a fusion of technologies that is blurring the line between the physical, digital, and biological spheres’, Industry 4.0 will change the manner in which society and industry operate, in ways we have never seen (or could imagine) before. Jobs that exist today will no longer exist and be replaced by new jobs currently unheard of; social interactions will happen at a level we never thought possible. The imperative to fully appreciate Industry 4.0 is summed up in the famous words of Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the WEF, when he said “There has never been a time of greater promise, or greater peril”.
Therefore, in line with the theme ‘Redesigning Education for Industry 4.0’, MyHEF2017 will explore the impact of technological advancements, automation, and innovative disruptions brought about by Industry 4.0 to local and global job markets as well as look into the needs of the future graduate, community, and industry.
As education generally and higher education specifically play a key role in preparing the society, community, and industry for the shifts of the future, MyHEF2017 seeks to respond to the question of whether the current higher education system is able to equip students with the knowledge, skills, versatility, and smarts to face these challenges, be it in the workforce or within their social and personal environments. This also goes towards understanding the ability of our students to learn, unlearn, and relearn.
Underlying MyHEF2017 will be the sharing of varous ongoing efforts initiated by MOHE to redesign Malaysian higher education. This includes progress reports on the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) as well as initiatives such as the integrated Cumulative Grade Point Average (iCGPA), 2u2i Work-Based Learning programme, Malaysia MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses), CEO@Faculty Programme, Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) and more, which in many ways are have begun to address the challenges of Industry 4.0.
In order to become and remain globally competitive, Malaysia’s higher education system must be able to produce holistic, entrepreneurial, innovative and balanced graduates. Harnessing the potential of Industry 4.0 and creating opportunities for Malaysians will go a long way towards achieving this vision.
MyHEF2017 will address the questions of ‘how are we doing?’ and ‘what else do we need to do?’ in order to create a sustainable, dynamic, and innovative higher education ecosystem for Malaysia.
To explore the challenges and opportunities brought about by Industry 4.0 vis a vis MOHE’s efforts to redesign education
To share the progress being made by MOHE under the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education)
The Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE) is a government organisation tasked with leading the growth and development of higher education in Malaysia. Guided by the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education), 10 Shifts have been identified to propel the Malaysian higher education system into the future. Among the key goals and visions of the Ministry include producing holistic, entrepreneurial and balanced graduates, creating an innovation ecosystem, enhancing public-private partnerships, empower technical and vocational education and training (TVET), and making Malaysia an international education hub.
“Soaring Upwards” is the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia’s official motto. It is used to describe Malaysia’s higher education landscape that is improving, recognising various successes achieved over the years while acknowledging that continuous efforts are required to propel the nation’s higher education system to the next level. Ultimately, Soaring Upwards is about the enculturation of excellence, about how far we have come, our vision of the future, and how we intend to get there.
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