Plenary Lecture

Application of On-line Facilities in Producing Human Capital for Malaysian New Economic Model

Professor Riza Atiq Rahmat
Director of Centre for Academic Advancement and
Head of Intelligent Transport System
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Abstract: Malaysia launched New Economic Model in Mac 2010 to drive Malaysia’s transformation into a high income economy by 2020. The foundation of this economy is innovative entrepreneurship. This new model was introduced in response to the current world situation where job market is constantly changing at a very fast rate and stiff competition between countries and between individuals. As Malaysia moves to innovation and entrepreneurship based economy, universities must produce graduates who are very independent, innovative and highly entrepreneurial. In addition, more and more digital-native students whose learning habit very much different from ours are enrolling to universities. This is a convergence of education needs and the new student learning habits that require immersive-collaborative environment, more student initiative, experience-led, and project based instead of course based To facilitate this learning requirement, on-line facilities are required to enable the students to gain new knowledge as much as possible, to collaborate globally, to synthesis new knowledge or to engage in computer simulations that replicate the real situation.

Brief Biography of the Speaker: Prof. Ir. Dr Riza Atiq obtained his B.Eng. (Civil Engineering) in 1980, M.Eng (Tranportation Engineering) in 1991 from UTM and PhD (ITS) from UKM in 2002. He started his academic carrier in UKM in 1994 after working as an engineer with City Hall of Kuala Lumpur for 14 years. While in City Hall he developed a transport model for Kuala Lumpur and surrounding area for planning purposes. He has five intellectual properties, three books, more than 100 scientific research papers and 14 innovation awards including one from Geneva, three from Korea and one from IEM. His research is mainly in Intelligent Transport System and learning-teaching. His professional expertise includes bridge design, urban transport planning, urban transport management and sustainable urban transport. His current post in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) is the Director of Centre for Academic Advancement. While holding the post, he initiated the formulation of 11 policies to transform the curriculum and teaching-learning practices in UKM. His professional qualification includes being a professional engineer (Civil Engineers, Board of Engineers Malaysia) and member of Road Engineering Association of Asia and Australasia.