Preparing future experts

PETALING JAYA: Graduates in the construction industry who possess 21st century skills and competencies are predicted to have a bright future ahead.

University of Reading Malaysia Built Environment head Dr Mohd Faris Khamidi said digital techno­logy paired with current curriculum, syllabi and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities would help create an exciting learning expe­rience for students in order to nurture them to become 21st century quantity surveyors.

“Thanks to digital technology like Building Information Model­ling (BIM), Augmented Reality (AR), Immersive Technology and other necessary skills, these graduates will be employable globally,” he said.

Dr Mohd Faris will speak on “Quantity Surveying: Nurturing Construction Profess­ionals for a Digital Revo­lution in the Con­struc­tion Industry” during the Star Education Fair, which opens this Satur­day at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

“The talk is meant to create awareness on the roles of quantity surveying professionals,” he said, adding that it would also focus on emerging digital technology in quantity surveying.

Prof Hew Gill, who is the acade­mic head of the Department of Psy­cho­logy at Sunway Univer­sity’s Faculty of Science and Techn­ology, said that psychology was not merely a study of a person’s behaviour and mind, but also the science that studies the 21st century itself.

“Psychology is the degree discipline for ca­­reer success as it helps a person to manage time, deliver projects on target and present ideas clearly in wri­ting or speech to different au­­diences,” he said.

Prof Gill, speaking on “Psychology – Career of the Future”, said psychologists were trained to be aware of the way people think, act and feel, making them the best candidates to build a successful business.

“Psychologists are leading the fourth industrial revolution we are currently living in because we use science to understand how people think and feel,” he said.

Both talks by Prof Gill and Dr Mohd Faris will be held on the second day of the Education and Career Talks from 10.15am to 11am and 11.15am to 11.45am respectively.

Students unsure of what to academic path to take can meet experts on pre-university education and representatives from colleges and universities at the fair this weekend.

Check out what’s available and listen to the experts or ask questions, with more than 80 exhibitors taking up 200 booths at the fair.

The Star Education Fair 2016 will be held in Halls Four and Five of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 10am to 6pm this weekend.

Admission is free.

For details, go to or call 03-7967-1388 (ext 1466/1233) to make enquiries.

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