TO secure access to sustainable human capital post-Covid-19, collaboration between Malaysia and Japan needs to enhanced – particularly in the higher education sector.
By working together, both nations can develop new skills and knowledge among students to meet current job market requirements, said Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad.
More can be achieved by the two countries through closer engagements, she said.
“We should explore how stakeholders in Malaysia can work closely with Japanese universities and major corporations.
“Perhaps we can look into internships, Training of Trainers (ToT) programmes and more,” she said during the 40 years of Malaysia’s Look East Policy celebration ceremony on Feb 8.
Additionally, she said Malaysia will continue to focus on science and technology educational advancement.
Cultivating a knowledge-based ecosystem, she said, will be a focus with the cooperation and participation of multilevel stakeholders.
This includes the government and corporations, she added.
“Continuous collaborations in research and development are crucial, especially in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where Japan is a role model of the region.”
Further stating that the relationship between Malaysia and Japan can contribute towards achieving the goals set in the Global Asean, which is part of the Asean Vision 2025, Noraini said one way to do this is by enhancing education services through the Regional Closer Economic Partnership Agreement.
“Through this agreement, Malaysian varsities can provide education services in Japan.
“At the same time, Japanese universities can collaborate with their Malaysian counterparts in offering education services in Malaysia and other Asean member states,” she said.