To demonstrate the skillsets of its students in an advancing IR4.0 world, INTI College Sabah (INTI) organised its second “Youth Beyond Academic” public showcase featuring eight projects focusing on social consciousness and real industry problems. Held in Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, the public showcase was organised for members of the public, high school students, INTI’s industry partners and parents alike.
Roselyn Chua giving her welcome address and launching the start of INTI Sabah’s Youth Beyond Academic Public Showcase.
The showcase kicked off with an opening speech by Roselyn Chua, Chief Executive of INTI College Sabah, who shared the significance of the event to her audience.
“As we move into a world which increasingly relies on smart machines and systems, cloud computing and the internet of things, the skillsets that require enhancing for the future workforce are personal skills,” shared Roselyn.
“While skillsets such as knowledge about ICT, technical know-how and the ability to work with data are important, personal skills such as emotional intelligence, complex problem solving, coordinating with others, and creativity will take the forefront as we tackle issues such as climate change, cancer and non-communicable diseases.” shared Roselyn.
“These skills are pertinent for our future graduates as they go out into the workforce because they cannot be emulated by machines. It is these skills that will make our future graduates relevant in the future workforce and our projects here today are demonstrative of our students’ abilities in honing these skillsets successfully.”
YB Jenifer Lasimbang, Assistant Minister of Education and Innovation Sabah, interacting with INTI’s students regarding the “Are You Responsible: Old Tyre & Used Battery” project.
Sabah’s Assistant Minister of Education and Innovation and honorary guest of the showcase, YB Jenifer Lasimbang, who also gave an address at the event before being provided a tour around the showcase, expressed her appreciation for being a part of the event and shared that it was crucial for all higher education institutions in Sabah to follow suit and initiate a similar curriculum for their students.
“As many may be aware, the Sabah state government is striving to embrace IR 4.0 while ensuring our graduates continue to gain meaningful employment . We recognise the importance of being involved in IR 4.0 and I am thrilled to witness that the students here today are equipped with the skillsets needed for the future. This showcase is a worthy example of how higher education institutions should embrace, adapt, lead and prepare our future graduates for the shifting employment landscape,” shared YB Jenifer.
Some of the projects featured at the showcase included the “Kinabalu Pink Ribbon Run”, where students fundraised RM8,000.00 to improve the lives of breast cancer patients; the “Power of Ten” that saw students successfully raising RM3,200.00 to build a new wing in Hospital Keningau’s Dialysis Center; “Are you Responsible? Old Tyre and Used Battery” which saw students recycling tyre straps and water to generate electricity, and “Unite for Vision” a fundraising event organized by INTI students that saw RM3,000.00 raised for the Sabah Society for the Blind.