Un­i­mas’ CreativeCu­l­ture project re­ceives re­search grant

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KOTA SA­MA­RA­HAN: Univer­siti Malaysia Sarawak ( Un­i­mas) was re­cently awarded a pres­ti­gious re­search grant un­der the New­ton UK- SEA pro­gramme for the CreativeCu­l­ture project, col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Un­i­mas and Coven­try Univer­sity, UK.

The project is be­ing funded un­der the Arts and Hu­man­i­ties Re­search Coun­cil (AHRC) UK and Min­istry of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Malaysia ( MoHE).

It aims to ad­dress ed­u­ca­tional chal­lenges within the con­text of in­clu­sive and play­ful learn­ing for learn­ers from the ru­ral parts of Sarawak.

It also aims to ex­plore, ex­ploit and ex­per­i­ment on the im­pact of arts, de­sign and cul­ture in en­hanc­ing cre­ative think­ing and devel­op­ment in ed­u­ca­tion (pri­mary and sec­ondary) through game de­sign and com­pu­ta­tional think­ing as an ap­proach and in­stru­ment for fos­ter­ing cre­ative prob­lem-solv­ing and tran­scul­tural prac­tices in Malaysia.

Sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics (STEM) ed­u­ca­tion is an im­por­tant agenda for Malaysia.

In re­cent years, the num­ber of tak­ers for sci­ence­based pro­grammes has been de­creas­ing, and it is in the in­ter­est of the coun­try to en­cour­age a pos­i­tive up­take of sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy and math­e­mat­ics among young and adult learn­ers alike.

The se­ri­ous­ness of the STEM agenda in Malaysia is ev­i­dent in its ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem de­sign, orig­i­nat­ing as far back as the 1970s.

The CreativeCu­l­ture project is or­gan­is­ing a one- day work­shop next week, to en­gage with ed­u­ca­tors and those who are keen to learn about strate­gies to en­able in­no­va­tive think­ing through cre­ativ­ity.

The work­shop will be led by Prof Dr Sylvester Arnab and his team from Coven­try Univer­sity.

The lo­cal leader for the project is Dr Jacey-Lynn Mi­noi from the Com­puter Sci­ence Depart­ment at Un­i­mas.

The work­shop will be held on Wed­nes­day, Aug 16 at Un­i­mas’ Fac­ulty of Com­puter Sci­ence and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy.

De­tails about the pro­gramme can be ac­cessed at http://my­cap­sule. my The project team may be con­tacted at gamemas­ter@ my­cap­sule.my

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