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 has 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 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) 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 from close to 80 countries.
The signing ceremony was inaugurated by Malaysia’s Minister of Higher Education,Yang Berhormat Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh; the Secretary General of MOHE,Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur; and Director General for the DPE,Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Amir Md Noor. In attendance representing INTI was Tim Bulow,CEO of INTI; and Yang Berbahagia Professor Dato’ Dr Rahmah Mohamed,Vice Chancellor of INTI International University.
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.
Bulow was also invited to a networking dinner organised by the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) which included Malaysia’s Minister of Higher Education,and representatives from government,private companies,MNCs,civil society leaders and international foundations.
FACILITATING THOUGHT LEADERSHIP
Over the past few months,INTI has 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 organised by the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute. During the discussion,Bulow and seven other 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 about 150 representatives from various education institutions and agencies and was inaugurated by the Minister of Higher Education.
INTI has also been featured by leading Malaysian media on several aspects of thought leadership,including Bulow’s recent commentary on the Malaysian Central Bank Annual Report on unemployment among youths with tertiary education,as well as a commentary on the urgency to develop a digital workforce to meet an increasingly digital global economy in response to the launch of Malaysia’s Digital Free Trade Zone – a world’s first by the Prime Minister and Jack Ma,Group Chairman of Alibaba.
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 which was also featured by local media 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 these jobs of the future.