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10 years of Empowering Teachers in Malaysia

10 years of Empowering Teachers in Malaysia

This year, Intel and the government of Malaysia celebrated a decade of making a difference in where it matters most: in the classroom.

The Intel® Teach Program in Malaysia is a collaborative effort between Intel Malaysia, the Ministry of Education (MoE), teacher education institutions, and university teacher education faculties to integrate 21st century learning skills, including project based approaches for student learning, critical thinking, collaboration, and the effective use of ICT, in the classroom.

Since 2000, the program has trained more than 70,000 teachers in Malaysia. Based on research conducted by ACNielsen and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in 2004 and 2005 respectively, 52% of teachers trained in the Intel Teach program have started using computer technology in their classes, and 80.8% of students are becoming more motivated and actively involved in the learning process when their teachers incorporated the teaching methods learned under the Intel Teach program.

“The Ministry appreciates Intel’s contributions and we look forward to their continuous support. We value public-private collaboration as long as it is aligned with our vision and mission in upgrading the standard of education in this country,” said Dato’ Asariah Mior Shaharuddin, Deputy Director General of the Teacher Professional Development Sector, Ministry of Education.

In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the Intel Teach Program in Malaysia, Intel Malaysia recently honored five outstanding teachers with the “Intel Exemplary Teacher Award”. The awards are intended to recognize, reward and celebrate exemplary teachers for their innovative teaching practices and use of information and communication technology (ICT) in the classroom.

In line with the government’s mission, Intel is fully committed to help transform education in Malaysia. With an on-going focus on students and teachers, Intel hopes to make an impact through partnerships with the government and institutions that support the development of 21st century teaching and learning skills.

What teachers say:
Faziah Abd Karim (an educator for 20 years): “I was introduced to the Intel Teach Program via Professional Development Training under the Malaysian Smart School Program. This was a great opportunity for me to gain personal and professional development in terms of enhancing my ICT skills and infusing it into my teaching, as I see myself as a bridge for my students to cross and reach a new ‘shore’ on their journey in life".

Jayanti Sothinathan (a 19 year veteran English teacher and lecturer currently based in the English Language Teaching Centre, Ministry of Education Malaysia): “The Intel Teach Program gave me an opportunity to learn various aspects of project-based learning with regards to the questioning techniques, and assessment strategies. Besides, it helped me foster critical thinking and better reflect on the way I conduct trainings. It has also increased my knowledge and understanding of how technology can be integrated effectively and impact learning”.

Toh Poi Seng (teacher and lecturer with 29 years’ experience): “The Intel Teach Program is an excellent program – it’s the first time I’ve attended such an interesting course. Students definitely will learn better once thinking skills are built in into their lessons. In fact, all schools should encourage their teachers to participate in this program as it will help teachers to sharpen their pedagogical skills and use ICT in a more effective way in their teaching activities”.

Intel Collaborates to Spark Innovation in Malaysia

Intel Collaborates to Spark Innovation in Malaysia

Innovation is one of the most important elements that allow a country to develop a knowledge based economy. Innovations, whether simply improving an existing item or creating a whole new breakthrough, are vital to driving the economic development of a nation. Intel, together with Malaysia Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), recently hosted a 3 day conference on an innovation process called TRIZ to help cultivate the innovation culture in Malaysia and to enable international collaboration on the topic.

TRIZ, an acronym that translates in English as “Theory of Inventive Problem Solving”, is a structured problem solving methodology that encourages systematic brainstorming. It encourages an innovative approach to problem solving that is more effective than traditional methods. “The method has more than a dozen tools which can be used to affect structured brainstorming. This helps break down the problem into small manageable parts, so that thinkers can come up with more elegant and less complex solutions” said Dr T.S. Yeoh, president of the Malaysia Triz Innovation Association and Intel Malaysia Principal Engineer.

The myTRIZ Conference 2010, themed “Generating Growth through Systematic Innovation”, was a key initiative of the Malaysia TRIZ Innovation Association (myTRIZ) that was formed early this year. The conference brought together an array of international TRIZ experts and end-users to share best practices and encourage the usage of TRIZ methodology in Malaysia.

The conference followed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Intel Malaysia and the MoHE and MDeC to incorporate the TRIZ methodology as part of the local undergraduate curriculum. Speaking about the MOU, Suresh Chandra, Site Human Resources Director, Intel Malaysia said that the MOU “demonstrates our continued commitment to the development of human capital through increasing innovation and creative skills among local graduates. Our objective is to enhance the curricula in universities to ensure graduates are equipped with not only industry relevant skills but also critical thinking and innovative problem solving skills.”

Atul Bhargava, Managing Director Intel Malaysia said, “We believe that TRIZ is able to enhance the curricula in universities to ensure graduates are equipped with industry relevant skills, such as critical thinking and innovative problem solving. Deploying TRIZ is our first step in making that impact and we believe it will be beneficial for all graduates.”

Intel signs MOU with Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) for Intel Teach Program
Intel signs MOU with Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) On June 8, 2009, Intel Malaysia signed a memorandum of understanding with Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) to signal a partnership to enrich pedagogical knowledge and use of technology in teaching and learning methods amongst academic staff of the University through Intel® Teach Program.

The MOU was held to also reiterate Intel’s commitment in sustaining the nation’s vision of shaping and honing a technologically literate, critically thinking 21st century workforce prepared to participate fully in the global knowledge economy.

This positions the Intel Teach program as the most effective professional development program (with over 50,000 teachers trained in Malaysia and 6 million teachers in more than 50 countries) to help teachers develop a 21st century learning environment.

Speaking to the media, Ryaz Patel, SMG Country Manager, said that Intel Malaysia looked forward to working with UMS in producing effective educators and students in the education program by training and sharing Intel’s best known methods in integrating ICT in lessons and university courses.

Ryaz was also pleased that Intel has been playing an active role in enhancing the education system by providing the enabling technology in line with the Ministry of Education’s aspiration to create a world class education system.

Intel Teach Program is a portfolio of courses which provide practical instruction for teachers and educators to integrate technology into existing curricula to promote student learning. The Intel Teach Program helps teachers and educators to be more effective educators through professional development focused on how to integrate technology into their lessons, promoting problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration skills among their students.

Through this program, Intel has trained more than 6 million teachers in more than 50 countries worldwide, and will train million more.

Asia Academic Forum 2006 in Malaysia
All attendees of the Asia Academic Forum 2006 in Kuala Lumpur

Academics and government representatives from around Asia met on 14-15 November at the Intel Asia Academic Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to discuss the role of higher education in sustaining national competitiveness into the 21st century. With talent becoming a critical differentiator for nations, delegates met to discuss the role of public-private partnerships – such as the Intel® Higher Education Program – in building a pipeline of world-class talent.

Themed “Multi-core: A leap ahead for research and curriculum”, the objective of this year’s Forum is to share best practices and highlight critical areas for action. More than 150 delegates attended from nine nations around Asia and the U.S. special guests included YB Datuk Ong Tee Keat, Malaysia’s Deputy Minister of Higher Education, and government officials from Ministry of Education in Korea.

At the Forum, Intel shared details of its technology roadmap, business and research developments and, at the same time, showcased best practices of Asia’s tertiary institutions in curriculum development and research. These include the India Institute of Technology; Peking University; and the University Sains Malaysia.

“By 2007 the majority of computers sold worldwide will have dual and quad core processors, with Intel planning on eight, sixteen and more cores in the future. Given the full potential of a Multi-core system is realized when software is designed accordingly, we forecast strong demand for Multi-core programming skills”, said Brenda Musilli, Intel’s Worldwide Director for Education and President of Intel Foundation when addressing the participants of the forum. “Countries with established success in software engineering such as India, China and Malaysia need to keep pace with such industry shifts in order to remain globally competitive. Putting in place programs that sustain a pipeline of talented software engineers skilled in Multi-core programming is essential”.

The first day of the AAF saw several Intel senior technologists addressing attendees such as:
  • Shekhar Borkar, Intel Fellow Director, Microprocessor Research
  • Ian Young, Intel Senior Fellow and Director of Advanced Circuits and Technology Integration
  • Dr. Vittal Kini, Director of the Intel India Research Center
  • Dr. Wen-Hann Wang, General Manager of Middleware Products Division of Intel Software and Solution Group (SSG)
  • Geoffrey Lowney, Intel Fellow, Digital Enterprise Group Director, Compiler and Architecture Advanced Development
  • Maria Bezaitis, Director, People and Practices Research Group
  • Ajay V. Bhatt, Intel Fellow, Digital Enterprise Group Director, Platform Components and Interconnects Architecture

The Intel Multi-core Curriculum Program provides an introduction to Intel Multi-core architecture and teaches computer science students how to achieve maximum performance of their programs on threaded, Multi-core and multi-processor systems using Intel compilers and threading tools. It also covers the importance of parallelism, threading concepts, threading methodology and programming with threads (Windows*, OpenMP*, PThreads*).

Included in the endeavor are faculty training sessions delivered by Intel® Software College multi-threading experts from around the world. Intel also provides course materials, laptops powered by dual-core processors for instructor use in the classroom, as well as licenses for Intel® Software Development Products and access to forums and technical support.

Universities participating in the worldwide effort include Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Michigan and University of Washington, as well as leading academic institutions across Brazil, Greater China, India, Mexico, Russia and several European countries.

For more details on AAF, click here.

Brenda Musili’s visit to Malaysia

Brenda Musili at the AAF in Malaysia Brenda Musilli is director of education for Intel Corporation and president of Intel Foundation found her way to Kuala Lumpur to attend the Asia Academic Forum. This is the first time this prestigious higher education event organized by Intel Education reached the shores of Malaysia

Brenda’s itinerary was packed with several education-related events and meetings during her brief stay in Kuala Lumpur. On the morning of 13th November, Brenda along with a team from Intel Malaysia called upon Datuk Dr. Zulkurnain Bin Haji Awang, Secretary General, Ministry of Education Malaysia at their premises in Putrajaya. This was the first time Brenda had met a representative of this ministry that has been working in tandem with Intel Malaysia over several years.

Bright and early on 14th November, Brenda gave her keynote to participants of the Asia Academic Forum. Her keynote entitled Innovation & Technology: the Foundation for Knowledge Economy gave participants the rationale behind Intel’s commitment towards education and higher education in particular, the importance of public/private collaboration and the importance of curriculum development amongst others.

Additionally, Brenda met and had a chat with Datuk Ong Tee Keat, Deputy Minister of Higher Education prior to his keynote address at the Asia Academic Forum. They discussed briefly various matters on state of higher education in Malaysia and the global landscape too. Brenda also presented a very special gift to the Deputy Minister as a token of appreciation.

In the afternoon, Brenda was present to witness a historical moment for Intel Malaysia. The Ministry of Higher Education and Intel Malaysia signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will change private/public collaboration for higher education in Malaysia. This is inline with Intel Education’s vision on collaborations around the globe.

Apart from that, she was involved in a media roundtable with regional media from China and India who were flown in to attend the Asia Academic Forum. They were able to obtain answers on Intel Education’s initiatives in Asia and globally, what are 21st century skills.

On the morning of 15th November, Brenda along with Asia Education Manager, Loo Cheng Cheng and a delegation consisting of Intel Malaysians and the media visited the Malaysian Multimedia University. Here, they were given an introduction to the university by Datuk Prof. Chuah Hean-Teik and then an in-depth presentation by Dr. Ewe Hong Tat and Dr. Lee Sze Wei on Intel Malaysia’s engagement with the university. Brenda and the delegation also visited the Intel sponsored labs within the Faculty of Engineering.

After four days in Malaysia, Brenda left Kuala Lumpur filled with good memories of the Asia Academic Forum and Kuala Lumpur, in general.

When asked about her experience in Malaysia, Brenda said "My trip to Malaysia was complete because not only did I have the pleasure to attend the first Asia Academic Forum held in this beautiful country but I also met with government officials who understand the importance of 21st century skills at all levels. It was encouraging to hear their opinions about educational issues in Malaysia which are not very different from other nations around the world.

I am also pleased that the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) are committed to continue collaborating with Intel Malaysia to drive improvements in educational outcomes for the knowledge economy. The MOU signed with the MOHE is a strong testament of public/private partnership."

Intel Malaysia and Ministry of Higher Education Sign an MoU
Intel Malaysia acts on bridging the higher education gap in Malaysia

Concurrent with the Intel Asia Academic Forum, Intel Malaysia and the Ministry of Higher Education came together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that will enhance private/public collaboration for higher education in Malaysia.

The MOU was signed in the presence of YB Datuk Ong Tee Keat, Malaysia’s Deputy Minister of Higher Education, and Ms. Brenda Musili, Worldwide Director of Education and President Intel foundation, Intel Corporation, the signatories for the Ministry of Higher Education were Yang Berbahagia Dato, Dr. Zulkefli bin A. Hassan, Secretary General, and Yang Berbahagia Datin Rodiah Binti Meor Sulaiman, Deputy Secretary General. Signing on behalf of Intel Malaysia was Mr. KC Yoon, Managing Director, assembly and test and En Mohd Radzi Alias, Public Affairs Manager.

With this MOU, both parties will explore areas for co-operation in the development, promotion and furtherance of university level research and education on information and multimedia technology, engineering and computer sciences.

In Malaysia, Intel has been nurturing local talent for over 30 years, and its academic relations program, specifically, was started over ten years ago. In addition to playing a consultative role to the universities, Intel also ensures that students benefit from the technological expertise available at its local operations. Intel technical managers have also been invited to sit on a few local universities’ curriculum advisory boards to assist in the development of their curriculum. Among the activities that have been introduced in Malaysia are Intel-taught elective courses in semiconductor technology, solid state physics and VLSI; the donation of components and systems for student projects and developmental work; the donation of computers for use in teaching and learning; and study visits to Intel’s operations in Penang and Kulim.

The Intel Higher Education Program today has presence in more than 150 universities in over 34 countries around the world, including 68 universities in five countries in Asia Pacific. Intel intends to offer 100 research grants in China in the next five years; while in India the Multi-core Curriculum Program is planned to reach 150 universities in 2007, thanks to strong support by the government. By the end of 2007, Intel intends to have the Multi-core Curriculum Program in 235 universities throughout Asia.

Intel Malaysia seeks to bridge the gap between students of local polytechnics and the industry
Intel Malaysia signing an agreement with the Ministry of Higher Education’s Department of Polytechnic and Community College Education

In support of the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP), Intel Malaysia signed an agreement with the Ministry of Higher Education’s Department of Polytechnic and Community College Education to ramp up collaboration with local polytechnics, through the development of an elective module in CMOS VLSI Layout Design.

It was signed on 20th September, in the presence of Y. Bhg. Datuk Dr. Mohd Taib bin Hashim, Deputy Secretary General (Development), Ministry of Higher Education. Signatories for the Ministry were Y. Bhg. Datuk Hj. Imran bin Idris, Director General, Department of Polytechnic and Community College Education, and Dr. Mohamed Rashid bin Navi Bax, Director, Polytechnic Management Division, while for Intel Malaysia the signatories were, Mr. Suresh Chandra, Site Financial Controller and Mr. SK Fong, Director, Penang Design Center.

Intel Malaysia aims to equip local polytechnic students with the right skills and technical knowledge, which are relevant and practical to Very Large Scale Integrated Circuit (VLSI) design and development, thus making them more employable in a digital economy.

“Intel Malaysia has expertise in VLSI Layout Design and is keen to impart such relevant knowledge to polytechnic lecturers and students, in this case, through the co-development of elective module materials. We are committed to use our industry knowledge to help Malaysia prepare a future generation of knowledge workers who can compete effectively in fast growing digital ASEAN (d-ASEAN) economies of this region.", said KC Yoon, Managing Director, Assembly and Test, Intel Malaysia.

The development of human capital including the upgrading of the nation’s intellectual capacity is one of its biggest challenges under the 9MP. High on the list of national priorities is improving the quality of tertiary education and developing human capital in local institutions of higher education. Local institutions must ensure that the courses that they offer are in line with the nation’s needs. This is critical to ensure the creation of a resource pool of high quality human capital that can accelerate the nation’s evolution towards a digital economy.

“There is now added pressure on local institutions to ensure that those who join the labor force in Malaysia each year, are equipped with the right skills and knowledge that can make them employable in a global economy. Intel is willing to work closely with the higher education community to produce curriculum that is strong in content and is industry relevant", Mr. Yoon continued.

Intel will work closely with the Ministry of Higher Education via its Department of Polytechnic and Community College Education to bridge the gaps between industry and polytechnics in coming months. A polytechnic that is actively engaged with Intel Malaysia is Politeknik Ungku Omar. This institution is a “focus school” for Intel Malaysia since 1998, and to-date, the collaborations include technical lectures, curriculum workshop, and also a lab.

Intel’s investments in education to date amount to nearly USD1 billion worldwide, to help today's students prepare for the demands of tomorrow. The Intel Higher Education program focuses on advancing innovation in key areas of technology and developing a pipeline of world-class technical talent to meet the increasing worldwide demand for highly skilled workers. Intel Malaysia collaborates with selected universities in the country to expand university curriculum, engage in focused research, and encourage students to pursue a range of opportunities for technical study and research.