THEY are called The Smartphone Generation. They're the first to grow up with the latest techs and gadgets but while they are more digitally literate than us, a question looms over their future: Can they survive in an era of disruptive technology and economic uncertainty?
With that question in mind, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM) is once again organising the Youth Transformation Programme (YTP) to help school leavers discover their true talent and equip them with the knowledge of the future as they try to make sense of the world.
Following the success of its first session, which attracted 160 participants, the second installment of YTP will commence on July 9-20.
A specially designed two-week programme, this programme aims to inculcate positive psychology into the students thus enabling them to identify their strengths, passion and potential – in line with the university's aim to develop well-rounded students who are able to realise and fulfil their full potential.
For a nominal fee of RM2,000, students joining the YTP are provided with course materials and access to the university facilities, including library and WiFi without any commitment to join the university's foundation programme.
However, if they do decide to enrol for the July 2018 Foundation intake, students are automatically eligible to attend the event.
Featuring motivational talks and other interactive activities, the HWUM Open Days will be held on June 9-10 at its campus at 1, Jalan Venna P5/2, Precint 5, Putrajaya.
Among the highlights of the two-day event will be a talk titled Employability in the 21stCentury: Future-Proofing Your Child on June 10 (10.30am-noon).
To be presented by HWUM provost and chief executive officer Prof Mushtak Al-Atabi, the talk will serve to introduce the youth an alternative way of thinking on what it means to be successful, happy and effective individuals who can thrive in the uncertain future.
A renowned educator by trade, innovator and an agent of change, Prof Mushtak constantly challenges the status quo to unlock value. He spearheaded the use of the CDIO (conceiving-designing-implementing-operating) educational framework in Malaysia and became among the first that offered massive open online courses in Asia in 2013.
His online classes – with subjects on entrepreneurship, success with emotional intelligence, and global entrepreneurship – attracted thousands of students from 150 countries.
A frequent speaker at international conferences, Prof Mushtak is also an adviser to national and multinational corporations, including banks as well as manufacturing and energy companies, in the areas of leadership, innovation, human development, performance and technology.
An author in his own right, Prof Mushtak is the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Engineering Science and Technology and he has penned books such as Shoot the Boss, Think Like An Engineer and Driving Performance.
To sign up for the Youth Transformation Programme, visit the website here. To learn more about HWUM Open Day and the educational talk, visit their website.
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