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ESTCON unfolds opportunities for strategic dialogue on challenges in higher education



KUALA LUMPUR, July 13 -- The world’s largest congress - World Engineering, Science and Technology Congress (ESTCON) 2020 - has unfolded opportunities for academics and industry players towards strategic dialogue on the challenges facing the higher education sector, amidst the new normal due to COVID-19 pandemic. 

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad said the congress has also given the possibility of opening new avenues for collaboration that tap into the knowledge and expertise of other sectors aimed at innovating new solutions. 

“It is crucial for academics and industry players to seriously enter into strategic dialogue on the challenges facing the higher education in the three-day congress starting today until July 15. 

“It is a time of tremendous challenges, but also one of the tremendous possibilities. And in light of those possibilities, no organisation is exempted from the need and desire to innovate,” she said in her opening speech at the congress today. 

The minister also applauded Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) for hosting such a congress online which gathered more than 1,000 experts of diverse fields of research, innovation and commercialisation from around 30 countries. 

Dr Noraini said the ministry strongly upholds the quadruple helix concept whereby collaborations needed to be established and sustained between universities, industries, government and community. 

The minister also called for collaboration to boost the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) efforts and making the necessary linkages across the board from primary school through to university and industry. 

“For our nation to fully develop, I strongly urge the universities and industry to support the government’s effort to support and champion STEM education.

“It is in a congress such as ESTCON that all parties can convene to exchange ideas and views in realising the aspiration for a sustainable future,” she said. 

Entering its sixth edition with the theme “Science, Technology and Humanities: Reinventing the Future” ESTCON 2020 encompasses a wide range of fields in engineering and technology innovation as well as in humanities with nine international conferences held concurrently.  

UTP vice-chancellor and chairman of ESTCON2020, Prof Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib said the nine conferences are in tandem with UTP’s objective to become a leader in technology education and centre for creativity and innovation.

He said the congress allowed the university to embark on new frontiers, pioneer research, create new technology as well as introduce innovative solutions and methods for sustainable developments that will benefit society. 

Among the conferences were International Conference on Oil & Gas Engineering and Technology (ICOGET2020), International Conference on Civil, Offshore & Environmental Engineering (ICCOEE2020) and International Conference on Production, Energy and Reliability (ICPER2020). 

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