Creating people with values
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.