Cre­at­ing peo­ple with val­ues

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - The Asia Hrd Awards 2017 -

DID you know that eight men own the same wealth as the 3.6 bil­lion peo­ple who make up the poor­est half of hu­man­ity?

Cit­ing the re­port by Ox­fam In­ter­na­tional, Univer­siti Sains Is­lam Malaysia (USIM) Board of Di­rec­tors Chair­man Prof Tan Sri Dzulk­i­fli Ab­dul Razak said that eco­nomic dis­par­ity is cur­rently the big­gest prob­lem in ed­u­ca­tion.

“The dis­par­ity of wealth is an im­por­tant is­sue that we need to pay at­ten­tion to mov­ing for­ward. When wealth is not well dis­trib­uted, ed­u­ca­tion be­comes an ex­pen­sive en­deav­our.

“And when peo­ple can­not af­ford ed­u­ca­tion, they are left un­in­formed, which will lead to more so­cial prob­lems,” he said.

Equal op­por­tu­nity and ac­ces­si­bil­ity to ed­u­ca­tion

In this day and age, he said that it is im­por­tant for ev­ery­one to have equal op­por­tu­nity and ac­ces­si­bil­ity to ed­u­ca­tion for bet­ter em­ploy­ment. But this should not be the main rea­son be­hind it.

“Ed­u­ca­tion is not just about get­ting an aca­demic tran­script and get­ting a job. Peo­ple need to come back to the core value and pur­pose of ed­u­ca­tion, which is to cre­ate peo­ple with val­ues and to sus­tain civil­i­sa­tion.

“Peo­ple must have a so­cial agenda or con­cern in which they wish to make a dif­fer­ence in their so­ci­ety or on a global level. Only then will they be suc­cess­ful in ed­u­ca­tion,” he added.

Prof Dzulk­i­fli is the first Malaysian and 14th pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Uni­ver­si­ties, a Unescoaf­fil­i­ated or­gan­i­sa­tion based in Paris.

He worked with 700 uni­ver­si­ties from around the world, span­ning across 39 coun­tries, to move the agenda of ed­u­ca­tion on how uni­ver­si­ties can work to­gether to de­velop in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Prior to this, he was the Pres­i­dent of As­so­ci­a­tion of South-East Asia In­sti­tu­tions of Higher Learn­ing from 2007 to 2008, and served in the Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Com­mon­wealth Uni­ver­si­ties from 2006 to 2011.

“Peo­ple of­ten think that uni­ver­si­ties and so­ci­eties are two sep­a­rate en­tity. But they are ac­tu­ally one unit, con­tribut­ing to each other’s de­vel­op­ment.

“When peo­ple un­der­stand the role of uni­ver­si­ties, they will be­gin to col­lab­o­rate with one another and the agenda of in­ter­na­tion­al­i­sa­tion will be­come a real agenda in solv­ing so­cial is­sues.

“This in­creases the mo­bil­ity of stu­dents and a real ex­change will oc­cur, where they can learn and un­der­stand more about the prob­lems that are hap­pen­ing in the world, and ad­dress them ac­cord­ingly. Only then, will we be able to grow and move for­ward,” he ex­plained.

Con­tri­bu­tion to So­ci­ety Award

Recog­nis­ing his trans­for­ma­tional work in the field of ed­u­ca­tion, the Asia HRD Awards com­mit­tee was proud to award Dzulk­i­fli with the Con­tri­bu­tion to So­ci­ety Award at the Asia HRD Awards 2017.

“If we want to see our so­ci­ety flour­ish, we must see ed­u­ca­tion fol­low suit be­cause ed­u­ca­tion led us to where we are to­day, and the de­vel­op­ment of hu­man be­ings should not stop here,” he said.

The Asia HRD Awards 2017 Con­tri­bu­tion to So­ci­ety Award win­ner Univer­siti Sains Is­lam Malaysia (USIM) Chair­man Prof Tan Sri Dzulk­i­fli Ab­dul Razak.

The Asia HRD Awards 2017 Con­tri­bu­tion to HR Com­mu­nity Award win­ner Ex­pe­rian Malaysia Sdn Bhd hu­man re­sources di­rec­tor Chua Chai Ping.

The Asia HRD Awards 2017 Con­tri­bu­tion to HR Com­mu­nity Award win­ner An­phabe JSC founder and chief hap­pi­ness of­fi­cer Thanh Nguyen.

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