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MDEC Collaborates With UKM, MoE To Offer Educational Pathway For Gifted Young Innovators

  • DIP is a new digital technology track introduced at Kolej [email protected] Negara, UKM, focusing on digital technology through PBL curriculum for developing tech talents
  • Students with strong aptitude for digital innovation and creativity will be able to pursue their interest in a focused secondary gifted education
  • MDEC to collaborate with MoE and private sector to bring the programme up-and-running; builds on MDEC’s successful Digital Ninja programme

CYBERJAYA: The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Malaysia’s lead digital economy agency, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), today announced the establishment of Digital Innovator Programme (DIP), Malaysia’s maiden secondary educational programme for talented young innovators. The programme was launched and officiated virtually by Datuk Dr. Radzi Jidin, Senior Minister of Education. It focuses on developing future innovators through project-based learning (PBL) curriculum that ensures a consistent development of tech talents to fuel the digital economy.

DIP was built on MDEC’s successful Digital Ninja programme, an extra-curricular initiative organised for Form 1 to Form 5 students during the school holidays, and has successfully produced 515 high potential young digital innovators over the last five years.

“DIP is an important initiative that serves the purpose of producing digital creators and innovators to realise the goals set forth in the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDIGITAL). Having a focused secondary gifted programme, which replicates the key success factors of the Digital Ninja Programme, in addition to the sustained engagement between students, teachers and industry mentors will help to nurture more innovators in the country,” said Mahadhir Aziz, CEO, MDEC.

As part of MDEC’s continuous push to uplift digital literacy, skills and knowledge, DIP represents an important milestone as it seeks to introduce digital technology track into the education curriculum, aligned with the #SayaDigital Movement.

The #SayaDigital Movement aims to improve Malaysians’ skills to succeed in the digital economy by creating awareness in smart lifestyles, equal opportunities and digital technology to the urban and rural communities.

The World Bank’s recent report entitled ‘Aiming High: Navigating Next Stage of Malaysia’s Development alluded to the fact that Malaysian companies that invest in technical innovations are enjoying higher productivity rates compared to others. Hence, initiatives such as DIP are much needed to nurture the country’s next generation of tech innovators.

Equipped with an advanced Digital Maker Space, DIP will be able to harness students’ innate creativity to solve real world problems via digital technologies while providing ample PBL opportunities and mentorships to cultivate entrepreneurial skills.

In addition, the students will also learn advanced programming and other related skills that touch on Data Science, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cybersecurity and Mobile App Development throughout their educational journey at Kolej [email protected] Negara, UKM.

“DIP is a collaboration between UKM and the industry, namely MDEC, in an effort to strengthen digital culture based on UKM’s five core values. This digital culture employs futuristic education in teaching and learning methods. It emphasises on an educational ecosystem that is equipped with robot and drone creation technology, augmented and virtual reality, and wearables that have propelled UKM to the forefront of global higher education.

“I hope that this collaboration will contribute to the transformation of national education. UKM will support this aspiration by honing quality talents to provide ICT expertise for the country’s economic development in the future,” said Prof. Dato; Ts. Dr. Mohd Ekhwan Hj. Toriman, Vice-Chancellor of UKM.

Pusat [email protected] Negara, UKM is an education institution for gifted and talented local youth aged 12 to 17. Previously, the institution provided a full fundamental Sciences Track for all gifted students.

“MoE has always played an active role in providing a specific, challenging and holistic education system to nurture the gifted and talented students for them to achieve their optimum potential, consequently making them valuable national assets.

“We genuinely believe that the strong collaboration between MoE, UKM and MDEC will further boost the ministry’s goal of developing a highly knowledgeable, skilful and prominent young generation, especially in digital technology,” MoE said in a statement.

To learn more about DIP, kindly visit: https://mdec.my/mydigitalmaker/digital-innovators-programme/. For application, please complete UKM’s online assessment at http://ukm1.permatapintar.edu.my/.