THE Education Ministry is reviewing the National Higher Education Strategic Plan (2007-2020) in line with the government’s efforts to produce graduates with skills in high-impact technology.
Its secretary general II Prof Datuk Seri Dr Zaini Ujang said the review which began early this year and was expected to be completed in June, was focusing more on the concept of technical vocational education and training.
“Some skills are acquired through experience. For instance, ship and boat building requires a combination of technical skills and craftsmanship, and some of these could be developed in line with new technology.”
With the vocational education and the relevant training, traditional boat and ship building skills can be mechanised or enhanced through technology.
The ships could even undergo simulation tests, he said after the graduation ceremony of participants of the Malaysian Industry-Government Group For High Technology (Might) - Meteor Advance Manufacturing Sdn Bhd (Meteor) Capital Development Programme.
Prof Zaini said the review of the plan would also focus on conducting courses online compared to those held at institutions as the ministry had to consider the cost factor.
“This will indirectly reduce the construction of new institutions of higher learning because students can access their online courses from wherever they are hence reducing the migration of young people to the city,” he said.
Meanwhile, Might president and chief executive officer Dr Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman said most Might-Meteor programme graduates would be absorbed as skilled workers after completing their training, except for those who preferred to be self-employed.
A total of 633 graduates, completed training for nine to 12 months between 2011 and 2013 in the electrical and electronics, aerospace, maritime and oil and gas fields. — Bernama