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The 4th ASEAN+ 3 Rectors’ Conference was hosted by Universiti Brunei Darussalam on 26 July 2018 at Universiti Brunei Darussalam under theme “Impacts of Information Society on Our Universities : Current Challenges and Future Strategies”

Datuk Ir. (Dr.) Abdul Rashim Hashim

Vice Chancellor, Universiti Malaya

With the advent of disruptive technologies, how do universities face and/or address this issue? As the era shifts in favour of the younger generation, they will have different expectations and thoughts as to what universities have to offer, and universities also have to continuously strive to see what is relevant in the community and society to better equip them to become a global citizen that has international employability.

Datin Dayang Hajah Anita

Vice Chancellor, Universiti, Brunei Darussalam

There exists in the current day, a conflict between research, societal and national needs. Traditional teaching methods have to be reviewed to giving students how to learn instead of what to learn. The attributes of leadership, entrepreneurship, environmentalism and having a multi-disciplined focus must be disseminated in order to not only turn students into job-seekers, but even future job providers.

Prof. Dr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, S.J

President, Ateneo de Manila University:

In a world of endless data, it is essential for universities to become a ‘marketplace’ or ‘public square’ – a convener of ideas and a community of diversity and dialogue. Not only must knowledge grow, but also moral and intellectual leadership. It must be a community of creativity and innovation; to bring other communities together. If knowledge is about the how and what, wisdom is about the why – the university needs to assert its role as a school of wisdom because while the virtual can teach information, wisdom has to be taught personally.

Prof. Jun Hyun Hong

Vice President for International Affairs, Chung-Ang University, Korea

The rise of ‘Industry 4.0’ is directly related to ‘Education 3.0’. Universities must adapt and forego traditional learning and begin looking towards problem-based learning. This updated curriculum must, as the main aim, be based on market and industrial needs.

Assoc. Prof. Lieven Demeester

Director, SMU’s Center for Teaching Excellence, Singapore Management University

Digitization is a strong influence on the skills that students need, but there is the constant importance of experiential knowledge. Therefore, universities have to review their current methods and systems and carefully examine what can be enhances by technology to adapt to the current age.

Prof. Jiro Kokuryo

Vice-President for International Collaboration, Keio University

There is an increasing importance to teach the next generation to think deeply across technology and society, integrating technology and social sciences into the curriculum.