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ESD: Empowerment of students to address interconnected global challenges

14/12/2021 05:25 PM

KUALA LUMPUR,  Dec 14  -- Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) has been recognised as a fundamental element of the fourth United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG4) on quality education, and a key enabler of all other SDGs.

Minister of Higher Education Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad, in her speech at the launch of Education Week Expo 2020 Dubai on Monday, said the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has been championing ESD through the empowerment of learners of all ages with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to address interconnected global challenges.

“Malaysia’s support for the SDGs in general, and SDG4 in particular, has been translated in the newly-launched 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) that will chart the national development priorities from 2021 until 2025. The five-year plan underscores the need to develop future talent to meet the dynamic labour market. 

“Emphasis is placed on leveraging emerging technology in education by optimising the digital learning ecosystem, strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training(TVET), Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through digital learning and fostering industry collaboration for greater innovation,” she said.

Apart from that, she said more MOHE aimed to welcome 250,000 international students to Malaysia by 2025 as more than 90,000 were currently enrolled in public and private universities in the country.

“Despite the pandemic, the 2021 QS World University Ranking sees Malaysia’s Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) reaching new heights. For our HEIs to continue their excellent performances, the forging of new and strong partnerships must be made,” she said.

Meanwhile, Director-General of Higher Education Datuk Dr Husaini Omar said this programme opens up opportunities to promote Malaysia as a choice destination for both tourism and education.

“I wish to highlight an excellent programme called Education Tourism or Edu Tourism that will be launched by the Minister in the near future. This programme is set to achieve Global Prominence, the eight operational shift outlined in the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 on Higher Education,” he added.

Also present was Malaysian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Mohd Tariq Sufi.




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