"Life Long Learning & Opportunities for All" by Emeritus Prof. Tan Sri Anuwar Ali

May 22, 2004 ◄ Back to list

To many people, a university degree is the ultimate level of their education. But the world today is transforming rapidly. Knowledge and skills become obsolete after a short period. To survive, workers today need to keep on learning. That is the message of the public lecture delivered by Prof Tan Sri Datuk Anuwar Ali on May 22, 2004. The lively lecture at Wisma Kebudayaan SGM’s conference hall was packed with people ranging from students to working adults.

The lecture touched on the trend of the education sector in Malaysia, the importance of linking educational institution with the industrial sector and the importance of continuous learning for individuals.

In the past, universities were generally academic institutions with little link to the industries. Graduates of the past did not face difficulty in securing employment upon graduation. However, circumstances have changed. Today’s graduates find it increasingly difficult to secure a job due to a mismatch in the skills they have acquired and the needs of the industries. For educational institutions to remain relevant, they need to adapt and collaborate with various industrial sectors.

Tan Sri also stressed that being one of the largest trading nations, the Malaysian workforce needs to upgrade its knowledge continuously in a rapidly changing environment. Without continuous learning, our workforce will not be able to compete in a global economy.

To sum up, Tan Sri Anuwar stressed that knowledge is changing all the time. Lifelong learning is important to upgrade our skills on a continuous basis. The development of information and communication technology (ICT) has helped in the availability of education to society, rendering it less expensive and more flexible.

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