The Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) focuses on quality education for all. Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) is one of the universities that actively works towards this objective. UTeM's actions are in line with SDG 4 because they support high-quality, inclusive, and equitable education, improve learning opportunities, and encourage lifelong learning for all.
Lifelong learning at UTeM was an ongoing commitment to providing continuous education, skills development, and knowledge enhancement beyond formal academic degrees. This initiative was designed to foster a culture of continuous learning and skill upgrading, catering to the evolving needs of individuals in a rapidly changing world.
The following outlines the methods in which UTeM support lifelong learning:
Online Courses and Programs:
UTeM offer online courses and programs through platforms like MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) or through their own learning management system. These courses can cover diverse subjects and can be accessed by the public.
Open Educational Resources (OER):
UTeM provide open access to educational materials, including lecture notes, presentations, and other resources that can be accessed by anyone interested in self-learning.
UTeM's library offer not only physical books but also digital resources, e-books, journals, and databases that can be accessed remotely by the public or via a membership.
Continuing Education Programs:
UTeM provides public continuing education and professional development. These could be part-time classes, seminars, or workshops covering a range of subjects.
Collaboration with Industry Partners:
UTeM also collaborate with industry partners to provide workshops, talks, or seminars aimed at fostering lifelong learning and skill development in specific fields or industries.
The representatives from the industry are participating in the UTeM-Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) Industry Roundtable program.
Knowledge Transfer Programmes (KTP) are a tool that Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) uses to share research findings, expertise, and useful information with a range of stakeholders, including government agencies, local communities, and business partners.
The KTP at UTeM was a planned programme created to let external parties benefit from the university's expertise and technological innovations. Usually, there were multiple channels by which this transmission happened:
UTeM collaborated with industry partners or local communities on research projects or initiatives. These projects aimed to address practical issues, solve problems, or develop new technologies relevant to the involved stakeholders.
The university offered consultancy services, where UTeM's experts, faculty members, or researchers provided advice, guidance, or expertise to external organizations. This helped in problem-solving, enhancing processes, or improving efficiency.
Training and Workshops:
UTeM organized training sessions, workshops, or seminars tailored to the needs of external stakeholders. These events focused on sharing specific skills, knowledge, or technological advancements developed by the university.
Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property:
The KTP also facilitated the transfer of technologies, patents, or intellectual property developed within the university to industry partners for commercial or practical applications.
UTeM's KTP might have involved outreach programs directed towards the local community, fostering relationships, sharing knowledge, and addressing community needs through various projects and initiatives.
UTeM organize a Knowledge Transfer Program (KTP) webinar every month. This program is co-organized by the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA). Participants will receive a digital certificate of participation and CPD point (for UTeM staff). This program is free of charge and will be conducted as an online webinar using the Webex platform.
The two-day convention with the theme 'Technical Female Entrepreneurs: Prosperity Generator' gathered close to 1,000 women entrepreneurs from diverse fields. The event aimed to highlight and support the endeavors of women involved in technical and entrepreneurial pursuits. Throughout the convention, attendees engaged in discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities, focusing on empowering female entrepreneurs in technical domains. The gathering provided a platform for sharing experiences, knowledge, and insights to foster growth, innovation, and prosperity in their respective fields.
STEM Programs for Schools:
UTeM has organized Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs for school students. These programs involve workshops, hands-on activities, and interactive sessions that aim to foster interest and understanding in these technical fields
School Visits and Campus Tours:
UTeM invites school students to visit its campus. These visits provide an opportunity for students to explore the university environment, interact with faculty and students, and gain insight into various programs and facilities available at the university.
Collaborative Projects with Schools:
UTeM collaborate with schools on projects that involve students from both the university and the schools. These projects often focus on fostering innovation, problem-solving skills, and practical application of knowledge.
Workshops and Seminars:
The university organize workshops and seminars specifically tailored for school students and educators. These sessions cover a wide range of topics, including technology, engineering, academic skills, and career guidance.
Competitions and Events:
UTeM host or participate in educational competitions, challenges, or events that encourage student participation. These could range from science fairs to robotics competitions, stimulating creativity and innovation among students.
Teacher Training Programs::
UTeM also organize programs or workshops designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of teachers. These programs could focus on new teaching methods, technological advancements, or subject-specific training to improve the quality of education in schools.
Community Engagement Initiatives:
Beyond schools, UTeM also engage with the wider community through various educational outreach programs. These initiatives could involve public talks, exhibitions, or collaborative projects that involve local communities.
UTeM's education outreach activities are aimed at inspiring, educating, and supporting the learning journeys of students at different educational levels. These initiatives not only benefit the students but also contribute to the development of education and technical skills in the community.
The success in creating an innovative product that benefits the local community is undoubtedly a significant achievement for students. This was experienced by a group of students from the Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering (FKP) at Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM). They applied their knowledge, skills, and innovation by constructing recycling bins for the purpose of local community use.
The project, conducted through the Service Learning Malaysia-University for Society (SULAM) FKP 2022 initiative, is aimed at encouraging community service related to what the students have learned, extending their expertise to the public or relevant agencies.
The metal plate cutting process: Laser Cutting Machine
Through strategic collaboration between the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), a more methodical and focused Digitalization Empowerment programme will be implemented through a joint public-private-academic initiative to transform Malaysian youth from digital users to producers in the digital economy. One of the primary platforms via which MDEC fulfils its social obligation to university students and school residents is this programme, which aims to support digital projects in Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Johor, and Malaysia as a whole. We manage to achieve our target about 10000 participants onsite and online that join workshops and competitions.