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Published: Saturday August 9, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday August 9, 2014 MYT 12:42:45 PM

Grads must be able to meet demands of fast-paced development

EDUCATION for the people is the key to development for a nation.

But even more important is how the younger generation are ready to meet the increasing demand and expectations in the ever increasing pace of development these days, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.

To this end, he said the government found it imperative to transform the education system to reflect its effort in making sure that the students would be able to meet the demands of the 21st century.

“Every day we find advancements made in various fields, thanks to the resources available to create and innovate,” he said.

At left to right-Datuk Mah Hang Soon,State Executive Councillor,Professor Datuk Chuah Hean Teik,Datuk Wee Ka Siong,Dr Chee Phaik Kin officiating the Opening of the 2nd International Conference on Behavioral and Social Science Research 2014.
(From left) Perak state executive councillor Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon, Dr Chuah, Dr Wee and Dr Cheah officiating at the opening ceremony.

The question, he added, was whether the students have what it takes to keep up with the ever increasing pace of development after they have completed their studies.

“With this question in mind, the recently published Education Blueprint stresses on the development of creativity, innovation, as well as critical thinking among students.

“As a result, they (students) will not only be able to regurgitate information, but put it to good use too, and this is where research plays a pivotal role,” Dr Wee said at the opening of the 2nd International Conference on Behavioral and Social Science Research (ICBSSR 2014) in Ipoh on Thursday.

He reminded students that research does not stop after one had obtained a degree.

In fact, he pointed out that research was a lifelong learning process and, conferences like ICBSSR was a platform created for new and experienced researchers alike to share their works and ideas that may even lead to fruitful collaboration.

A chinese fan dance performance during the 2nd International Conference on Behavioral and Social Science Research 2014.
A Chinese fan dance performance.

The second ICBSSR betwen Aug 5 and Aug 8 was co-organised by Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) and Western Social Science Association.

Dr Wee commended the organisers for their efforts.

He said Utar, which was established 12 years ago with 411 students, has an enrolment of 24,000 currently.

Meanwhile, Utar president Datuk Dr Chuah Hean Teik said the ICBSSR organiser had received 160 submissions by researchers from 20 countries.

Utar’s Faculty of Arts and Social Science dean, assistant professor Dr Cheah Phaik Kin said: “The main idea of this conference is to gather intellectuals from all over the world as well as locals to discuss and unveil the different perspectives of social science under a single theme.”

The theme of the conference is “Globalisation: Challenges and Perspectives from the Behavioural and Social Sciences”.

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