Our beloved Quest International University Perak (QIUP), sister company of QNET under the QI Group, was a strategic partner of the just concluded two-day 20th Malaysian Education Summit organised by Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI). The summit was held on 14-15 April 2016 in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
About 300 participants attended the annual national conference which brought together a range of academicians, practitioners, shapers, investors and policymakers to discuss directions and discovery in education.
The event was officiated by the Minister of Higher Education Malaysia, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh who has disclosed that Malaysia is now ranked number nine in the world for the most preferred destination for tertiary education by foreign students.
He noted that there are 151,000 foreign students who choose Malaysia because of the quality of education offered here, affordable cost of living, cultural comfort and good usage of English, factors which are synonymous too with QIUP in Ipoh.
QIUP Council Member, Mr Zaheer Merchant was one of the speakers for a session titled – Technology in Education: Beyond the Four-Walls, Teacher’s Technological Literacy Misplaced?
He mentioned that the 21st century classroom has become sophisticated due to the whole concept of pure brick and mortar learning is now replaced with online, real-time live sessions, Skype, chatrooms and virtual classrooms for full on collaboration with study and work.
“We use emails, blogs, wikis, discussion boards, web-supported textbooks, hypertext documents, audio/video courses, social networking, webcasts, podcasts, screenshots and that is only softwares! Students of today are a lot more wired, hence teachers are more accountable for the utilisation of new technology in their teaching methods.”
Malaysia has 20 public universities and 511 institutions of higher learning institutions. QIUP is a private university managed by the QI Group and has enrolments of more than a thousand students including foreign nationals with studies offered at Foundation, Diploma, Bachelor’s Degree and Postgraduate levels.