Preparing students for Industry 4.0Chen Wan Lim
WHILE the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0) promises unprecedented technological advancement that will facilitate the growth of businesses globally, the impact that smart and autonomous processes will have on human talent cannot be denied. In 2018, a study by Cisco and Oxford Economics found that new technology could displace close to 28 million jobs in Asean alone.
Addressing students on the topic of careers and opportunities in IR4.0, Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Dr Ong Kian Ming spoke on the National Policy on Industry 4.0 during INTI International College Kuala Lumpur’s annual Business Week.
INTI Kuala Lumpur chief executive Anis Laila Yap Abdullah said Malaysia’s economic landscape is experiencing significant change as it strives to keep pace with the transformations impacting the rest of the globe.
“As organisations adopt technologies to enhance their processes, the competencies required by graduates and professionals is also shifting to emphasise complex problem solving, the ability to lead teams made up of humans and machines, and to have a solid foundation in ICT and data analytics to make informed business decisions quickly,” she said.
While multinational organisations have begun to leverage the adoption of cloud computing, artificial intelligence and autonomous robots in advancing processes, especially within manufacturing, he spoke on the need for strong talents in supporting the SMEs’ shift towards IR4.0.
He also spoke on the role of service providers in supporting the decision making process through data analytics and the Internet of things (IoT).
“Industry 4.0 is the nation’s way forward by leveraging new technology adoption and smart production, while improving efficiency and competitiveness in manufacturing, and across other sectors.
“In this era of massive opportunities, the focus is not only to make better things but to make things better, drawing on improved design, engineering, service planning, production and management.
“As we work with organisations to support their readiness, a new generation of talent must emerge to deliver the competencies and governance necessary,” he said.
These are the career shifts that are taking place globally, he said.
Graduates, he added, must align themselves with the changes of the emerging workplace, to remain relevant and competitive.
INTI’s Business Week is one of the extra-curricular programmes offered to enhance students’ understanding beyond their classroom.
It’s also to connect them with industry and academic leaders.
Through this and other industry-focused programmes, INTI International University & Colleges are preparing students for the IR4.0 workplace.
It has a BDO validated record of outstanding graduate outcomes, including: 99% of INTI graduates being employed within six months of graduation, 91% being paid higher than the market minimum average and 60% getting job offers before they graduate
Source: The Star, Education