The World Economic Forum reported that skills, such as complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, will become highly sought after and necessary to thrive in Industry 4.0. Therefore, the task of education institutions is to develop an innovative curriculum which responds to the demands of Industry 4.0. However, this responsibility cannot fall solely on a single institution. In fact, no single institution will be able to address the challenges of Industry 4.0. The issue of skills affects multiple stakeholders. Hence, various institutions must contribute to this nation-wide effort. Education institutions must provide a holistic education, so that students will become well-rounded, responsible citizens with the necessary hard and soft skills to prosper in this dynamic world. Furthermore, it is the responsibility of industries to work closely with education institutions to co-develop a curriculum which reflect the needs, demands and technological trends in the labor market. Additionally, companies should provide internship opportunities and industry placements for students, so that they can link concepts and theories in the classroom with the world of work.
To help promote university-industry collaboration and facilitate discussion, CamTech University will organize the 2nd CamTech-Industry Forum on Wednesday, 08 September 2023 at 8:30AM. The purpose is to provide a platform for representatives from the government, industries, and civil societies along with academia to discuss the issue of talent demand and supply the industries are facing. This is the government’s top priority as indicated in the National Strategic Development Plan 2019 – 2023, key policy priority 3.1 on strengthening of the quality of education, science, and technology.