The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad launched SEGi University’s first mega international conference and exhibition on Industry 4.0, titled MYINDUSTRIES 2019 yesterday.
Today’s conference was graced Yang Berusaha Tuan Tian Chua, the chairman of Malaysia Productivity Corporation. He also delivered a keynote address titled “Towards a Productive and Fairer Society” and moderated a panel session on “IR4.0: Challenges of Implementing Industry 4.0”.
Minister of Primary Industries YB Puan Teresa Kok, and Deputy Minister of Works, YB Tuan Haji Mohd Anuar Mohd Tahir as well as Minister of Entrepreneur Development YB Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof also delivered their respective keynote addresses in the afternoon session.
The conference themed “A Global Revolution in Business, Technology and Productivity” attracted over 1,000 participants, prominent industry players and academia, top local and international speakers, and a host of country leaders and ran for three days from 14 to 16 October 2019.
“Malaysia has significantly progressed in Industry 4.0 and regionally and it has taken the lead role in transforming industries. Our diversity, rapid industrialisation potential, fast-growing SMEs and digital infrastructure make Malaysia a potential international hub for high-technology industries,” said Tun Dr. Mahathir.
“This gathering of minds and expertise will encourage a healthy environment for research and also address the many issues plaguing this industry – from interpretations of the laws, compliance and governance, legal implications, and training and development – all aspects necessary to elevate the Industry 4.0 sector,” he added.
Tun Dr. Mahathir who delivered his keynote address also participated in a special dialogue session titled ‘Driving the Nation to become IR4.0 Hub in Southeast Asia’ with Captains of Industries before visiting the extensive industry exhibition put up by various stakeholders including government agencies, SMEs, technology and service providers, academic institutions and businesses. The three-day exhibition covered a range of industries including manufacturing, ICT, healthcare, electronics, security, communication, and education.
MYINDUSTRIES 2019 was put together with the aim of gathering various stakeholders to network and share their experiences, products and services in order to facilitate the effective roll-out of IR4.0 in Malaysia.
Over 100 breakout sessions, panel sessions, talks, as well as academic and research tracks were held over the course of three days featuring distinguished speakers, government officials, captains of industry, academics, technopreneurs, SME operators, technology providers, and venture capitalists.
Some of the more notable sessions included a panel session and talks on National Policy on IR4.0; Digital Infrastructure Lifestyle; Industry 4.0 Enabling Technologies; Assessing the Readiness for IR4.0; Embracing IR4.0 and Developing Students and Workforce to Acquire Critical Skills and Fill Skills Gap; Innovation Value Chain for IR4.0; and Opportunities and Challenges for Malaysia in Adopting IR4.0.
The conference also addressed a myriad of topics on simulation and augmented reality, blockchain, artificial intelligence, computing, healthcare, engineering, education, and other technology trends.
Deputy Minister of Entrepreneur Development Yang Berhormat Datuk Wira Dr. Mohd Hatta Md Ramli; and Deputy Minister of Health, Yang Berhormat Dr. Lee Boon Chye were among the other national leaders who graced and participated in the three-day conference.
SEGi University Chancellor, Yang Amat Mulia Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Syed Anwar Jamalullail said the conference was expected to raise awareness on IR4.0 and serve as a knowledge and idea exchange platform to enhance collaborative possibilities, discuss challenges and solutions in implementing IR4.0 and provide access to latest industry trends and solutions.
“The Industry Revolution 4.0 has not only transformed industries and businesses but also challenged the higher education system worldwide as it impacts the needs of students, expectations of society, skills requirements of employer and technology advancement,” said the Chancellor.
He added that it was imperative for SEGi University to use such platforms to upgrade its curriculum, offer industry relevant programmes to students and collaborate with industry leaders to ensure that the academics and graduates are IR4.0-ready.
“We are committed to adopting a global benchmark in producing world-class students and academics who can continuously evolve and raise the Malaysian economy to the next level,” he added.
SEGi University aims to position itself as a leading research and innovation-driven university and become a primary industry talent source. The university is heavily invested in transforming its education system to meet the demands of Industry 4.0. In fact, SEGi University launched its first R&D Blueprint (2016 – 2020) focusing on building a dynamic ecosystem that could contribute towards re-aligning research and academic output towards the local and global economic needs.
This was exemplified with the launch of its Centre of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence (AI) earlier this year, to bridge the gap between AI researches undertaken by the university and technology development in consultation with the National Applied R&D Centre, MIMOS Bhd. MYINDUSTRIES 2019 was an extension of this initiative.
MYINDUSTRIES 2019 was co-organised by BlockOn and supported by various sponsors and partners including International Data Corporation, Acer Malaysia, Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad, Tenaga Nasional Bhd, Foodpanda Malaysia Sdn Bhd, i2M Ventures Sdn Bhd, Oriental Material Handling (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, CMG Holdings Sdn Bhd, Reveron Consulting Sdn Bhd, DSC Consulting Sdn Bhd, STMicroelectronics Sdn Bhd, Merchantrade Asia Sdn Bhd, NanoMalaysia Berhad, Digiwin Soft, MIT Stem International School, Malaysia Institute of Technology Academy, Akademi Sains Malaysia, and City & Guilds.