KOTA TINGGI: Universiti Johor, which will be established in 2021, is in line with the current demand for higher education and part of the state government’s initiatives to prepare the future workforce for the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0).
Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal said Universiti Johor would offer a variety of courses, from diploma to PhD level, aside from offering better job opportunities for its graduates.
“The world is heading towards IR4.0 where the usage of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) is the main focus. Five years from now, the industry will need manpower that is equipped with such knowledge and skills, especially in technology and virtual reality.
“With the introduction of Universiti Johor, it can provide or serve as a platform to the youth in Johor to further their studies in courses that can contribute back to the state’s economy, ” he added.
Dr Sahruddin said this in his speech at the Kumpulan Pendidikan Yayasan Pelajaran Johor (KPYPJ) 22nd Convocation ceremony.
He added that students in higher learning institutions should prepare themselves to face an ever-challenging work environment in line with the advancement in technology.
At the ceremony, Muhammad Sufi Aiman Shafee, 21, was named as the recipient of the Mentri Besar Johor Gold Medal Award for his excellent achievement in both academic and extra-curricular activities.
Sufi Aiman scored a CGPA of 3.79 in his Mechanical Engineering diploma course.
“I have spent over three years studying in Kolej Yayasan Pelajaran Johor (KYPJ), and I wanted to give this as a gift to my mother, Elaiyah Taib, 48, for her continuous support and love for me, ” he said.
Sufi Aiman also received a cheque for RM2,000, a watch, a trophy and certificate.
A total of 991 students from 31 courses graduated from KYPJ.