University sets up AI and robotics faculty

Aminolhuda (middle) with the top level management of Raffles University after the convocation ceremony.

JOHOR BARU: The introduction of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Faculty at Raffles University plays an important role in helping local industry upgrade and move towards Industry 4.0.

State education, human resource, science, and technology committee chairman Aminolhuda Hassan said that both Federal and Johor governments had already made preparations to meet the new challenges posed by Industry 4.0 and the Digital Economy.

“The government is leading the effort to develop a Framework Policy on Industry 4.0 through collaboration with key ministries, aside from creating a special incentive in the Budget 2018 to stimulate local industry towards Industry 4.0.

“With Raffles University’s new Faculty of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, we can be sure to produce holistic and balanced graduates who can use their capabilities, potential and talent to bring excellence to Malaysia,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He disclosed that the ministries involved in the Framework Policy are Science, Technology and Innovation; Human Resources; Higher Education; Finance; and Communications and Multimedia.

Aminolhuda said sustainable economic growth was one of the policies of the state’s administrative development plan in the form of Johor Economic Strategic Growth Plan.

“The state government plans to make Johor the largest investment destination in Malaysia. It will open up more jobs and generate economic opportunities for everyone.

“And sustainable growth depends on people who are creative, innovative and entrepreneurial.

“Creative talents dream up new ideas while innovative talents realise these ideas in practical applications,” he said, adding that he was delighted to see that Raffles University was developing young people with these talents.

Meanwhile, Raffles University president Prof Dr Graeme Britton said the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Faculty would soon be running programmes in artificial intelligence, data science and information technology.

“We are passionate about helping students achieve their potential and we will continue to implement new learning methodologies as well as technologies to enhance students’ learning experience,” he said.

He highlighted that 96% of Raffles University graduates obtained jobs within six months of graduating and 16% of undergraduates had started their own companies.

“Raffles University is the first private university in Malaysia to obtain the coveted Sakura Exchange scholarship from the Japanese Science and Technology Agency in 2018.

“Ten students in Interior Design and Psychology were sent to Japan to conduct interdisciplinary research under the programme. The research was carried out in collaboration with Nagoya Institute of Technology, which is a premier engineering university in Japan,” he added.

Prof Britton said Raffles University had also implemented a new initiative from Higher Education Ministry where each graduate would receive an additional document, referred to as the Malaysian Qualification Statement.

“This statement contains full details about the qualification and how it is accredited by the Malaysian Qualification Agency.

“The statement will be extremely useful for students wanting to study or work overseas, and it may help locally for employers who do not know about Raffles University,” he added.

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