CYBERJAYA, 10 November 2020
Serba Dinamik Group Bhd (SDGB) and University Malaysia of Computer Science and Engineering (UNIMY) will work together to conduct technical training, share technology and expertise, and run certification programmes recognised, for starters, by technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions in Terengganu.
The two parties today signed a certificate of collaboration (CoC) for this, streamed live on the UNIMY Facebook page involving three polytechnics, namely Politeknik Besut Terengganu, Politeknik Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Dungun and Politeknik Kuala Terengganu.
SDGB Group managing director Datuk Dr Mohd Abdul Karim Abdullah said this collaboration should be the key to success towards Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0).
“We need to realise that the 21st century learning syllabus needs to be implemented at the polytechnics and university level based on the rapidly-changing technological developments towards IR4.0. They need to be prepared to accept the challenge of a stronger digital ecosystem,” he said in a statement today.
He also explained that it is a process where every level in the educational institution needs to take seriously to continue to support the mandate of IR4.0 to remain relevant, amid current market developments.
The CoC was signed by UNIMY vice chancellor, Professor Datuk Dr Mohd Razali Muhamad, while Datuk Dr Mohd Abdul Karim represented Serba Dinamik.
Briefly, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) includes formal, non-formal and informal learning that prepare young people with the knowledge and skills required in the world of work. The common feature of TVET as defined by United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) is that it involves “in addition to general education, the study of technologies and related sciences as well as the acquisition of practical skills, attitudes, understanding, and knowledge relating to occupations in various sectors of economics and social life”. Young adults, through TVET, have the opportunity to learn from basic to advanced levels across a wide range of institutional and work settings.
TVET programmes in Malaysia are offered at certificate, diploma, and degree levels by seven ministries that includes the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE). Going into TVET will equip students with the practical skills that will transform you into a skilled worker ready for the real world. The 2019 statistics show that polytechnic graduates had the highest percentage of employment at 81.2% followed by graduates of vocational colleges at 76.7%, community colleges at 74.4% and those from other public skills training institutions at between 57.1 and 71.4% compared with 62.8% for those from tertiary education institutions. Thus, in terms of Malaysia TVET statistics, this gives some indication that qualifications in skills training such as the Malaysian skills certificate (SKM 1-5), TVET and diplomas are viable alternatives for promoting employment. Additionally, TVET is a major platform for lifelong learning that leads to a pathway for vocational education and skills development and beyond. TVET graduates have gone on to pursue higher education all the way to the doctoral levels.
Schedule an appointment with our UNIMY team to learn more about enrolling into UNIMY’s programme with a TVET qualification.
- https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3705146 (TVET in Malaysia: Capabilities and Challenges as Viable Pathway and Educational Attainment)