JOHOR BAHRU, 26 November 2018 –

The Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme has become one of the primary areas for Malaysia to become a successful country that is equipped with competent and talented workforce.
Due to its importance the development of a nation, a special committee has been formed by the government to monitor and support TVET initiatives at the national level.
The Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FSSK) Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Prof. Dr. Muhammad Sukri Saud said that TVET plays an important role in promoting the economic growth of a country.
“As a developing country, Malaysia requires adequate skilled workforce that is competent and competitive in the job market,” he said.
Prof. Muhammad Sukri said this at the press conference after the opening ceremony of The 3rd Technical and Vocational Education & Training International Conference (TVETIC) 2018 at KSL Hotel & Resort, Johor Bahru this morning.
Also present at the ceremony were the Dean of Faculty of Technical and Vocational, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Dr. Ridzwan Che’ Rus and 3rd TVETIC 2018 Conference Chairperson, Dr. Nur Husna Abd. Wahid.
He later stressed that Malaysians and global citizens should work together to advance in the field of TVET because it will become a critical factor for the sustainability of a country in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0).
“We should embrace IR 4.0 bravely and wisely by working hard and smart to produce high quality graduates to meet the requirements of future workforce,” said Prof. Mohammad Sukri.
The 3rd TVETIC 2018 provides an opportunity for students and practitioners to discover new talents in the field of TVE. It also serves as a platform for the higher education institutions in the country to find creative solutions for the improvements of technical and vocational education and training in Malaysia.
The 3rd TVETIC 2018 was organized by School of Education, FSSK of UTM in collaboration with several universities such as Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi, Thailand, UPSI and three Indonesian universities namely BINUS Universitas, Universitas Muhammadiyah (UNISMUH) and Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto, Indonesia.
“It is hoped that this programme will attract interests from both academia and practitioners to come together and share their knowledge and aspiration in improving Technical and Vocational Education and Training,” said Prof. Muhammad Sukri later.
This two-day conference comprise 53 paper presentations and five poster presentations along with  200 participants from Indonesia, Thailand, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom and Malaysia.

Prof. Muhammad Sukri Saud (second left) is hitting a ‘gong’ as unique symbols of officiating The 3rd TVETIC 2018 at KSL Hotel & Resort, Johor Bahru this morning