MARii Podcast: UiTM discusses the new normal in higher education

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Malaysia Automotive Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii), an agency established under the purview of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry Malaysia (MITI)  featured Smart Manufacturing Research Institute (SMRI) and Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Emeritus Datuk Ir. Dr. Mohd Azraai Kassim on their thoughts on how UiTM adapts to the new norm way of life. MARii is the main industry partner of UiTM.

This episode was aired mid last year via Mobility World Podcast Channel in their Plug-in with MARii and attracted more than 500 listeners from around the globe.

MARii serves to spur the development of strategic and operational intelligent systems through the humanization and utilization of smart platforms, applications and digital technologies. It uses the podcast platform as one of its initiative to share or discuss national and global issues in reaching communities and industry audio listeners in the one-hour interview session with renowned host, Ibrahim Sani.

During the podcast, Prof. Emeritus Datuk Ir. Dr. Mohd Azraai Kassim highlighted, “ UiTM is committed to providing a conducive teaching and learning environment while observing strict Standard Operating Procedures set by the National Security of Council and Ministry of Health Malaysia governed by the World Health Organization (WHO). The university upgraded the internet facilities in the students’ accommodation as the main mode of learning is Open Distance Learning (ODL). Besides this initiative, a flat rate and discount of 50% for student accommodation was given as students face a struggle during the pandemic due to an economic downfall.”

The VC further elaborated, “In line with UiTM’s 2025 Strategic Plan, UiTM is preparing the students and staff to see the world as their playground and to compete globally in mobility programs, summer school, one semester abroad, an internship abroad, and many more with the hope that their minds and characters will be transformed due to exposure to the global environment and at the same time to build stronger character value-driven performance talent”.

UiTM is currently collaborating with various government agencies, industries, and alumni in preparing the graduates to face the biggest challenge of employment.