Idris leveraging technology for Mandate 2018

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by Maizatul Ranai  January 12, 2018


Realising the overarching trend towards technological advancement, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh delivered his annual mandate this year by centering on ‘technology’.


Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh with Higher Education Deputy Minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching (left) at Idris’ mandate 2018 ceremony. Photo MOHE Editorial.


Instead of standing behind a wooden rostrum like last year’s mandate, the Higher Education Minister gave his lively address to a packed audience yesterday by walking freely around the stage, peppered by a wonderful rendition of music played by students from National Arts, Culture and Heritage Academy (Aswara). 

And one of the most interesting parts that piqued the audience’s attention was the use of smart board throughout Idris’ presentation, which he controlled either with a remote or by touching the screen.

“We have to keep up with the current advances in technology,” Idris said to the audience in the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.


Idris used smart board throughout his mandate 2018 presentation. Photo MOHE Editorial.


Idris’ move in utilising the smart board technology was not solely to impress the audience, but to showcase the ministry’s effort in learning with a fast-paced technological platform.

As last year’s theme of his mandate was ‘Redesigning Higher Education’, this year saw the ministry’s aspiration in addressing the surge of technology and the dawning of Industrial Revolution.

Themed Higher Education 4.0: Knowledge, Industry and Humanity, this is somewhat a continuum from last year’s theme, as he stressed in his speech that the ministry is still continuuing to redesign the higher education while taking into paramount the idea of 4IR (4th Industrial Revolution).

At the same time, he announced a revamp on the design of higher education learning and teaching in order to cater to the dawning of 4IR.

This year, he said ‘redesigning’ would also take place in the classrooms, where teaching could be conducted outside the confines of lecture halls.

“Teaching and learning will be carried out through heutagogy (self-determined learning), paragogy (peer-oriented learning ) and cybergogy (virtual-based learning),” he told the audience.


Higher Education Minister, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh (seven, left) chanting ‘Soaring Upwards’, followed by audience after delivering his mandate for 2018 at PICC, today. Also present was MOHE Deputy Minister, Datuk Dr Mary Yap Kain Ching (six, left).


The ministry, he said, is urging all universities to allocate 30 per cent of its curriculum to floating lessons.

“They need to be fluid, and organic. From now on, there should also be assessments without examinations and lectures without classes,” he stressed again.

In order to ensure the success of the revamp, he said lecturers have to go through re-skilling and upgrade their skills, especially in utilising technological advancement in lessons.

“I always believe in the importance of collaboration between industry and academia – which is why we have CEO@Faculty program in universities that have mutually benefited both parties.


Aswara’s students also stole the limelight by integrating iPhones in their spectacular performance.


“Industry and academia are one – they should always work together hand in hand to fulfil industry and graduate needs,” he said, while expressing his gratitude to AirAsia group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes who painted one of his aircrafts with a livery depicting the words “Universiti Putra Malaysia”, and its motto “With Knowledge We Serve”.

Tony, whom he said, was part of the CEO@Faculty program invested a huge sum of money to have a special livery on an AirAsia aircraft, which was designed by students of Faculty of Design and Architecture from UPM.

During the mandate ceremony, Idris also communicated live via video streaming application, Skype with Malaysian students in New Zealand and Australia. The event was also broadcasted live all over Malaysia. 

Idris was also accompanied on stage with the presence of two interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia throughout the ceremony. Their presence was part of the ministry’s drive towards inclusivity in catering to audience with special needs.

Another interesting use of technology is a group of students from Aswara’s live performance during the mandate, who stole the limelight by integrating iPhones in their spectacular performance.


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