‘Focus on digital trends when offering courses’

(From left) Tan presenting a memento to Tee, while Southern University College board of directors vice-chairman Datin Teh Hwee Tiang and president Prof Dr Teh Geok Bee look on.

Education providers should continue to focus on digital trends for the benefit of their students.

Schools and universities, including Chinese independent high schools and vernacular primary schools, should consider adding courses related to the industrial revolution 4.0, said Johor Mentri Besar’s adviser Datuk Tee Siew Kiong.

He said students needed to be equipped with adequate knowledge to take on challenges and seize the opportunities offered in these fields.

“I think schools and universities can introduce courses related to this area to give students a head start.

“I am more than happy to assist schools and link them with companies involved in these fields, ” he said.

Tee said he told this to educationist group Dong Jiao Zong led by Johor chairman Tan Tai Kim and local non-profit higher education institution Southern University College management, led by its chairman Datuk Vincent Tan, when they made courtesy calls to his office in Kota Iskandar in Iskandar Puteri.

Tee, who is also Sultanah Fatimah Foundation board of directors chairman, said the foundation’s Johor Digital Economy Centre was developing a system to improve online lessons for students.

The centre would also approach telecommunication companies soon on ways to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural areas, he added.

Tee said he also advised Southern UC, which was established in 1975 by the local Chinese community, to encourage its students to take additional courses related to the digital economy in their final semester.

“Many studies have shown that demand for technology and digital marketing knowledge has increased.

“This reflects what is expected of graduates in the future, and it may soon become a basic entry requirement for companies when hiring employees, ” he said.

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