INTI Furthers Higher Education Collaboration and Thought Leadership in Malaysia
In light of Malaysia’s ongoing efforts to enhance technical and vocational education, to establish the country as a regional education hub, and improve the employability of graduates, INTI International University & Colleges recently engaged in closer collaborations with government agencies and industries, as well as contributed through thought leadership on the challenges and opportunities in Malaysia’s robust higher education industry.
Growing Stronger Ties with Government
Over the last four months, INTI has steadily improved ties with the Malaysian government and several of its agencies in improving higher education offerings to students. In January, INTI joined with the Department of Polytechnics Malaysia (DPE) which enables polytechnic students to advance directly into INTI’s degree programs. INTI is the first private institution of higher learning in Malaysia to offer such an education pathway, providing these students with access to international resources, faculty, and INTI’s diverse student population.
Beyond this event, INTI welcomed representatives from 34 polytechnics including those from East Malaysia in February to a sharing session on graduate employability and to discuss the first steps of INTI’s collaboration with the Department of Community Colleges Malaysia – another arm of the Ministry of Higher Education who are also working towards improving education among Malaysians.
Facilitating Thought Leadership
INTI has also increased its strategic public engagement through various thought leadership opportunities, which included facilitating a dialogue on Malaysia’s growth as a regional education hub at the 21st Malaysian Education Summit. During the discussion, education leaders discussed Malaysia’s higher education brand in the international stage, the issues affecting Malaysia’s current regulatory requirements, and the long-term employability of students. The summit was attended by 150 representatives from various education institutions and agencies and was inaugurated by the Minister of Higher Education.
In responding to the growing needs within a digital economy, Timothy Johnson, INTI’s Senior Vice President for Marketing, Products & Partnerships was part of a panel discussion with industry partners from IBM Corporation, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), and JobStreet to address the employment gaps and opportunities in the age of data analytics. The panel discussion highlighted how technological drivers of change have given rise to the creation of new jobs and the necessity for all stakeholders to work together to prepare students for jobs of the future.