Summary: CEO@Faculty Programme:
The CEO @ Faculty Programme brings together top local and international CEOs and industry players into Malaysian universities to share their knowledge and experiences with students and the university community. The CEOs, appointed as ‘Adjunct Professors’, have committed up to 30 hours a year of their time to provide mentorship to university students and lecturers, and even guide universities on matters such as curriculum development to ensure industry relevance.
By bridging the private-public gap and strengthening industry-academia links, the Ministry hopes to enhance university offerings and knowledge transfer initiatives with the industry. Starting in 2015 with 24 CEOs, 2016 saw 60 CEOs join the programme, including senior officials from the Malaysian civil service.
The CEO@Faculty Programme is an initiative under Shift 2 (Talent Excellence) of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015 – 2025 (Higher Education)
For More Information on the CEO@Faculty Programme, kindly visit:
CEO @ Faculty Programme Official Website: http://ceo.myain.my/
Ministry of Higher Education link: http://www.mohe.gov.my/index.php/institusi/hub-industri/program-ceo-faculty
Tony Fernandes, Air Asia, speaking in UPM in conjunction with the CEO @ Faculty Programme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYIaBHAnNcY
CEO@Faculty in the News:
1) 2 December 2016: CEO Faculty Programme gives students exposure to real-world lessons, says education minister. http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/ceo-faculty-programme-gives-students-exposure-to-real-world-lessons-says-ed
2) 25 November 2016 – My university lecturer and mentor, the CEO. http://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/online-exclusive/whats-your-status/2016/11/25/my-university-lecturer-and-mentor-the-ceo/
3) 30 July 2016 – Shazalli Kongi kejayaannya pada CEO @ Faculty Programme di UiTM, Shah Alam. http://www.alumniuitm.org.my/site/?p=9382
4) 18 June 2016: Program CEO @ Faculty bersama Tony Fernandes. https://www.utusan.com.my/pendidikan/program-ceo-faculty-bersama-tony-fernandes-1.343619
5) 15 March 2016 – More Top Execs Enter CEO Faculty Programme. http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/more-top-execs-enter-ceo-faculty-programme
6) 18 June 2015 – Marrying industry with education. http://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/online-exclusive/whats-your-status/2015/06/18/marrying-education-and-industry/
Frequently Asked Questions:
1) What is the CEO@Faculty Programme?
The CEO@Faculty Programme (CFP) has been established to intensify industry and public sector participation through the sharing of experiences and expertise.
2) Who are the CEOs involved in this program?
The CEOs involved in this program are from 3 different groups namely:
i. CEOs from the circle of sivil servant;
ii. CEOs from the circle of GLC\GLIC; and
iii. CEOs from the private sector.
2u2i is a work-based learning program which provides undergraduate students enhanced industry exposure during the course of their studies. Students spend two years focusing on the theoretical aspects of the course in the university and two years of hands-on practice in the industry. Industry exposure includes incorporating companies and running start-ups, which the students can continue to operate upon graduation. The 2u2i programme aims to inculcate the spirit of entrepreneurship via academia and industry collaborations through Work-based Learning concept.
2u2i is an initiative under Shift 1 (Holistic, Entrepreneurial and Balanced Graduates) and Shift 7 (Innovation Ecosystem) of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education).
For more Information on the 2u2i Programme, kindly visit:
2u2i in the News:
1) 18 Januari 2016 - Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi Laksanakan Program Dua Universiti Dua Industri.
2) 19 Januari 2016 – 2u2i diperkenal di Universiti
3) 29 May 2016 - Program dua tahun di kampus, dua tahun latihan bekerja, dilaksana pada September
4) 17 November 2016 – NewsHub | Universiti Teknologi Malaysia News Portal
Frequently Asked Questions:
1) What is 2u2i?
2u2i is an academic program that applies the concept of two (2) years in university and two (2) years in the industry. 2u2i can be translated into multiple modes of study such as two (2) years in industry (2u2i) or three (3) years in university and one (1) year in industry (3u1i) or two (2) years in university and one (1) year in industry (2u1i).
2) Who are the players involved in the implementation of 2u2i?
In the first phase, the Ministry is focusing on the implementation 2u2i for the Degree program only. The 2u2i concept can be implemented at the Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Degree, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) level, if it is deemed suitable.
3) Has this concept been implemented in Malaysia before?
2u2i programme is a new concept introduced in Malaysia since September 2016. It is a unique Malaysian programme offered for Malaysian students.
4) What are the differences between the 2u2i concept and Work Based Learning?
|· Study mode
||· Teaching and learning approach
|· Apply Web Based learning pedagogy in the form of block release
||· Apply two types of learning and learning approach which are block release and day release
|· Comprise of at least 20% credit hour of industry experience
||· Comprise of 20% credit hour in the form of Work Based Learning
5) How many universities have implemented the 2u2i concept?
As of February 2017, there are six (6) Public Universities that have implemented the 2u2i concept as a pilot program:
i. Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) - Bachelor of Entrepreneurship
ii. Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) - Bachelor of Science in Plantation Management
iii. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) - Bachelor of Computer Science (Data Engineering)
iv. Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) - Bachelor of Animal Reproduction and Health
v. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) - Bachelor of Food Sciences and Business Administration
vi. Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) - Bachelor or Accountancy
6) What are the benefits of 2u2i for the students?
i. Combines learning and work experience.
ii. Opportunity to apply the skills learned in the classroom through work experience.
iii. Well rounded and holistic education in class and work place.
iv. A platform to connect employers from the industry, academic institution and the graduates.
v. Increase students’ self-confidence and soft skills through work experience.
vi. Gives the students value skills in terms of exposure and new learning experience.
7) What are the benefits of 2u2i to the Higher Learning Institutions (HLIs)?
i. Attract more quality and motivated graduates to participate in the 2u2i program.
ii. The HLIs visibility and reputation are more evident through their collaborations with the industries.
iii. Produce professional and highly qualified graduates that can contribute productively to the society.
iv. Receive feedback from employers on the quality and relevancy of academic curriculum.
v. Opportunity to engage in current research and development (R&D) with the collaboration of the industries.
8) What are the benefits of 2u2i to the industries?
i. Ideal human resource for the organisation.
ii. Access to graduates with 2u2i learning exposure.
iii. Opportunity for the industry supervisors to mentor the best and enthusiastic students as future employees.
iv. Provide feedback to the HLIs in improving curriculum and content of the program.
v. Increase the Corporate Social Responsibility for the industries.
9) Are the students covered by insurance during their placement at the industries?
The Malaysia MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) initiative was launched in September 2015. It is the world’s first nationally coordinated online learning initiative. Malaysia MOOCs is intended to encourage online and lifelong learning pursuit among Malaysians via diversification of their classroom experience.
In September 2016, the Malaysian Qualifications Agency released the guidelines on awarding credits for MOOCs programmes, enabling anyone who completes a MOOC to obtain credits and transfer them to formal academic programme. This could lead to shorter duration of studies and savings of tuition fees. Accredited MOOCs does not necessarily originate from Malaysia and can also be awarded by International MOOCs providers, further encouraging students to obtain knowledge from diverse educational sources.
Malaysia MOOCs is an initiative under Shift 3 (Nation of Lifelong Learners) of the Malaysian Higher Education Blueprint.
For more Information on the MOOCs Programme, kindly visit:
Malaysia MOOCs can be assessed at OpenLearning.com https://www.openlearning.com/malaysiamoocs
MOOCs in the News:
1) 16 December 2016 – Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
2) 23 October 2015 - Current State of Massive Open Online Courses in Malaysia
Frequently Asked Questions:
1) What is the meaning of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)?
Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs are courses offered in the online platform aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the Internet.
2) How can MOOCs benefit the Malaysian higher education system?
MOOCs can benefit the Malaysian higher education system by increasing the student enrolment, raising the quality of instruction, internationalizing the higher education institutions and reducing the cost of delivering the program.
3) What is unique about Malaysia MOOCs?
Malaysia MOOCs bring together all first-year students from 20 Malaysian universities on a single platform. This effort was the first of its kind in the world, and marks the first foray of such scale by Malaysian public universities into MOOCs. To date, all Malaysian public universities, polytechnics, community colleges and a few Malaysian private universities are offering MOOC through the OpenLearning platform.
4) What is OpenLearning and how is it related to Malaysia MOOCs?
OpenLearning is an official online learning platform utilized by Malaysia MOOCs.
5) Who can enrol into courses offered by Malaysia MOOCs?
Anyone can enrol into courses offered by Malaysia MOOCs regardless of age, academic background, gender, type of institutions, etc.
6) What are the courses offered by Malaysia MOOCs?
Malaysia MOOCs offer three (3) types of courses namely; common courses, niche courses and lifelong learning courses.
7) Are Malaysia MOOCs courses offered for free?
All Malaysia MOOCs courses offered by Public Higher Learning Institutions are free of charge. However, fees may apply if the students want to be awarded credits for the MOOCs courses taken.
8) Are the courses offered by Malaysia MOOCs given credit?
Courses offered by Malaysia MOOCs can be given credit. Please refer to the Guideline on Credit Transfer for Malaysia MOOCs from the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) website at mqa.gov.my.
The Integrated Cumulative Grade Point Average or iCGPA initiative is an integrated grading system for assessing and reporting students’ academic performance and the professional skills attained during the course of their university study. The iCGPA adopts a holistic approach to assessment by assessing students’ performance across eight domains of learning outcomes such as knowledge; psychomotor skills; social responsibility; values, attitude and professionalism; communication, leadership and teamwork; problem solving and scientific skills; information technology and lifelong learning; and management and entrepreneurial skills. The iCGPA enables students to identify their strengths and improve their weaknesses, enables universities to provide better feedback and improvement opportunities, and potential employers to better understand their future employees and their needs.
iCGPA is an initiative under Shift 1 (Holistic, Entrepreneurial and Balanced Graduates) of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education).
For more Information on iCGPA Programme, kindly visit:
1) Manual for iCGPA
2) RUBRIK PNGK BERSEPADU ICGPA
3) Integrated CummulativeGrade Point Average (iCGPA): Concepts and Implementation
iCGPA in the News:
1) 17 July 2017 - iCGPA International Conference 2017
2) 11 August 2015 – iCGPA ready to roll out
Frequently Asked Questions:
1) What is integrated CGPA (iCGPA)?
The integrated Cumulative Grade Point Average (iCGPA) is an integrated assessment and reporting system on the students’ development in terms of their ethics and values, declarative knowledge as well their technical skills in the respective disciplines.
2) What is constructive alignment?
Constructive alignment refers to the principles that are used to develop the teaching and learning activities and assessment tasks which directly relates to the achievement of the learning outcomes.
3) What is the meaning of the spider web for iCGPA?
Spider web is a set of attributes that must be achieved by each student at the end of the semester according to the 8 domains:
a) Knowledge, Psychomotor/Practical/Technical Skills;
b) Skills and Social Responsibility;
c) Attitude and Professionalism;
d) Communication and Skills;
e) Leadership and Teamwork;
f) Problem Solving Skills and Scientific Abilities;
g) Management Skills information and Lifelong Learning and;
h) Managing and Entrepreneurial Skills.
4) Why iCGPA is needed?
iCGPA is needed to explain clearly the performance of a student that covers three skill domains, namely cognitive, psychomotor and affective. Students will be able to identify their weakness and seek help or devise strategies.
5. Gap Year
Summary: Gap Year
Gap Year is a new initiative to be introduced in Malaysian IPT in September 2017 by allowing students to take a year or two semesters off their formal education to engage in volunteerism activities. Gap Year is open to all students and it is optional. However, students are encouraged to participate in the Gap Year after completing their first year academic session.
Through Gap Year programme, students will be able to reflect profoundly on their life purpose, career and their roles in the society. At the same time, Gap Year will help promote the culture of responsibility, patriotism, unity and caring among the students as well as increase graduate employability.
There are three types of Gap Year programs: Gap Year National Service Volunteerism, Gap Year Volunteerism and Gap Year (general). Gap Year National Service Volunteerism allows students to join ATM, PDRM and Angkatan Pertahanan Awam Malaysia for one year. Gap Year Volunteerism provides the opportunities for students to work with agencies such as Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat, Jabatan Kemajuan Orang Asli, Islamic Relief Malaysia, Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia, Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu and Agensi Pengurusan Bencana Negara. Gap Year (general) gives students the option to break from their study to engage in whatever they like e.g. sports, travel, work, etc.
Gap Year programme is an initiative under Shift 1 (Holistic, Entrepreneurial and Balanced Graduates) of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education).
For more Information on the Gap Year Programme, kindly visit:
Gap Year in the News:
1) 13 January 2017 – Malaysia Public Universities to Implement Gap Year Programme for Undergraduates Starting September
2) 13 January 2017 – Malaysian Universities Start Implementing ‘Gap Year’ For Students To Travel And Pursue Interest
Read more at WOB: http://www.worldofbuzz.com/malaysian-universities-implement-gap-year-pursue-interest-travel/
3) 13 January 2017 – Gap year option: Varsity students to get a year off from study
4) 18 January 2018 – Program “Gap Year” Bakal Dilaksanakan Tahun Ini Melibatkan 8 Universiti Awam
5) 18 January 2017 - Independent News for International Students
6) 25 April 2017 – Gap year programme launched in public varsities
Frequently Asked Questions:
1) Please explain more about the Gap Year?
Gap Year is a new concept to be introduced in Malaysian IPT in September 2017 by allowing students to take a year or two semesters off their formal education for personal growth. Through Gap Year programme, students will be able to reflect profoundly on their life purpose, career and their roles in the society. At the same time, Gap Year will help promote the culture of responsibility, patriotism, unity and caring among the students as well as increase graduate employability.
2) Is Gap Year open to all students?
Gap Year is open to all students and it is optional. However, students are encouraged to participate in the Gap Year after completing their first year academic session.
Gap Year students can choose to undertake their own activities such as working, traveling and engaging in voluntary work. However, Gap Year introduced by MOHE is a structured collaboration with Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM), Polis Di Raja Malaysia (PDRM), Angkatan Pertahanan Awam Malaysia (APM) and Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia (APMM).
Students may also join the Gap Year programmes organised by other universities, for example Universiti Utara Malaysia in collaboration with Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin with Jabatan Orang Asli and Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia with Islamic Relief (International).
3) What is the difference between involvement in Gap Year and involvement in PALAPES, SUKSIS or APM?
The existing uniform service programmes in the public universities known as PALAPES (Pasukan Latihan Pegawai Simpanan), SUKSIS (Kor Sukarelawan Polis Siswa/Siswi) and APM (Angkatan Pertahanan Awam Malaysia) conduct their trainings over the weekends and during semester breaks over a period of three years for registered students who are still active attending classes during the weekdays. However, Gap Year programme is a full time one year away from their studies while being attached to these agencies.
4) How long does the Gap Year last?
Gap Year can last between 9 months to 1 year, equivalent to 2 semesters.
5) Do those opting for Gap Year need to meet a minimum CGPA?
There is no minimum CGPA required for Gap Year programme. In fact some students with lower CGPA might find Gap Year a good break from studies before they can continue and improve their CGPA.
6) How do students apply for the Gap Year?
Students would have to apply through their respective universities.
6. Translational Research
Summary: Translational Research
Translational Research is research with outcomes that impact the government, community, industry and academia. MOHE has identified a number of blockbuster research that have been generated through the allocation of MOHE's research grants such as Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Prototype Research Grant Scheme (PRGS), Transdisciplinary Research Grant Scheme (TRGS) and Long Term Research Grant Scheme (LRGS).
The Ministry provides research grants in supporting translational research that creates positive impact and benefits to the government, academia, industry and community. Several successful research outcomes include PadiUPutra by UPM, Langkawi UNESCO by UKM, Garoupa by UMS, Mangga Harum Manis by UNIMAP and others.
Translational Research is an initiative under Shift 7 (Innovation Ecosystem) of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education).
For more Information on the Translational Research Programme, kindly visit:
Translational Research in the News:
1) 19 January 2017 – Malaysia Translational Research
2) 15 January 2017 – Connecting People Through News
3) 12 January 2017 – MOHE to draw up research priority roadmap for varsities http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/mohe-to-draw-up-research-priority-roadmap-for-varsities#sthash.Yq7xd1CS.dpuf
4) 23 December 2017 – 10 things about Malaysia’s research & development landscape you need to know
Frequently Asked Questions:
1) What is the definition of Translational Research?
Translational Research is research with outcomes that impact the government, community, industry and academia.
2) What are the MOHE's initiatives in implementing the TR?
MOHE has identified a number of blockbuster research produced by the Universities to promote research outcomes that have been generated through the allocation of MOHE's research grants such as Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Prototype Research Grant Scheme (PRGS), Transdisciplinary Research Grant Scheme (TRGS) and Long Term Research Grant Scheme (LRGS).
The Ministry will provide research grants in supporting translational research that will bring positive impact & benefits to the government, academia, industry & community.
3) What are the research outcomes that have impacted the community?
The research outcomes that have impacted the community include PadiUPutra by UPM, Langkawi UNESCO by UKM, Garoupa by UMS, Mangga Harum Manis by UNIMAP
7. Jukebox Education
Summary: Jukebox Education
The changing paradigm in higher education is driven by some of the latest technology that is growing at an expeditious speed. Malaysian universities are using these technologies to deliver education and preparing their students to be academically equipped for challenges brought about by such technology. The Jukebox Concept is an element of the Campus-in-Campus (CIC) initiative undertaken to engage students in the global classroom. The Juke Box concept promotes flexible education delivery that goes beyond the campus borders. Jukebox is an educational approach which highlights the concept of parallel efforts from several partner universities. UTM is the pioneer university which promotes in this concept where students gain access to courses, facilities and resources at the partner universities namely University of Tsukuba, Japan, Université de Bordeaux, France, University of São Paulo, Brazil, National Taiwan University, Taiwan and University of California, the United States and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia.
Jukebox Education is an initiative under Shift 1 (Holistic, Entrepreneurial and Balanced Graduates) and Shift 3 (Global Prominence) of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education).
For more Information on the Jukebox Education Programme, kindly visit:
16 January 2017 - Redesigning Higher Education: An Agenda to Take Malaysian Higher Education to Global Heights
18 January 2017 – Tertiary Education Redesigned
Jukebox Education in the News:
11 December 2016 – Learning Under Jukebox Concept
Frequently Asked Questions:
1) What is Jukebox Education
The Jukebox Concept is an element of the CIC initiative undertaken by the University of Tsukuba which enables the partner universities to interchangeably provide courses to each other’s students by numbering courses like on a jukebox.\
2) What universities involved in Education Jukebox programme?
Currently, there are six universities in the network - UTM, University of Tsukuba, Japan, Université de Bordeaux, France, University of São Paulo, Brazil, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, and University of California, the United States.
3) What is the type of program offered by Jukebox Education?
Types of Programs
a) Student Exchange
b) Joint Degree Program
c) Joint Supervision
d) Industrial Training and Attachment
e) Joint Research and Laboratory