CEO Faculty Programme gives students exposure to real-world lessons, says education minister

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 6 — The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Faculty Programme has given opportunities for students to understand and have a better perspective on the guest speaker’s particular field, said Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

He said the programme, which enables the CEOs to share their insights and experiences with students in lecture halls, could help give them a real-world life experience from a position of someone who has been in the industry.

“The major benefits of the programme is the enhancement of the students’ educational experience as they get a chance to understand the day-to-day operation of a major organisation.

“This is important because it will show the differences between the things the students learn from textbooks and in classes from the real industry,” he told reporters after Universiti Teknologi Malaysia’s (UTM) Leadership Lecture Series here today.

The lecture, which is part of the CEO faculty programme, featured Toray Industries, Inc., Japan President Datuk Akihiro Nikkaku.

The lecture serves as a platform for invited speakers to share knowledge, experience and expertise with the students.

Idris said the students who attended the lecture, titled ‘Research and Development and Global Business Strategy of Toray group’ today, were privileged to have the President of a billion dollar Japanese company as their speaker.

He said the students should adopt a culture of high values and discipline practised by the Japanese as it had successfully transformed the country into an advanced nation.

“The Japanese have their own different principles and management skills, so it gives a good exposure to the students, and they get a perspective on how the Japanese manage their companies and organisations,” he said.

The CEO Faculty programme is based on the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education), which is centred on producing graduates who evince attributes that are entrepreneurial, holistic and balanced by way of a commensurate involvement in the industry. — Bernama