Pre & Post Forum Workshops
2-day Workshop on 21st Learning for Engaging Millennials in Higher Education

2-day Workshop on 21st Learning for Engaging Millennials in Higher Education

By Khairiyah Mohd-Yusof, PhD and Syed Ahmad Helmi Syed Hassan, PhD

With the challenges in the 21st Century, academics are urged by various stakeholders to prepare students to become holistic graduates for the coming era of Industrie 4.0. The 2016 World Economic Forum report predicted that the top skills required in 2020 includes various thinking skills and positive attitudes. How can academics infuse the development of these essential skills and qualities, while helping students learn the required concepts at a deep level, when engaging them can be a big challenge?

This workshop is specifically designed for academics to design and implement an effective 21st Century learning environment using various simple techniques in a systematic and scholarly approach to engage and support students in learning to develop the required skills and attitudes. Academics will also be introduced to the possibility of expanding innovative teaching and learning innovations into scholarly pursuits that can lead to research and publication to promote the knowledge and inspire others. The knowledge imparted in this workshop is crucial for supporting students in attaining more complex skills, such as life-long learning and problem solving, that are crucial for survival in the 4th Industrial Revolution. This workshop has been conducted in numerous institutions of higher learning throughout Malaysia, and in various countries throughout the world such as Korea, India, China, Pakistan, Afghanistan (under a World Bank project) and Colombia.

Brief Bio of speakers

Khairiyah Mohd-Yusof, PhD
Professor and Director, Centre for Engineering Education
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Khairiyah Mohd-Yusof is a Professor and the Director of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Centre for Engineering Education (CEE), which promotes scholarly and evidence-based practices in engineering education. She is the President for the Society of Engineering Education Malaysia (SEEM), Vice President for the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) and board member for the International Research in Engineering Education Network (REEN). A practitioner and researcher of student centered learning approaches, she has been an invited speaker and conducted workshops throughout Malaysia and Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. Her work in engineering education won her several awards, including the 2015 Frank Morton Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Global Award for Chemical Engineering Education Excellence.

Syed Ahmad Helmi Syed Hassan, PhD
Centre for Engineering Education
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Dr. Syed Ahmad Helmi is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), and is a fellow in the UTM Centre for Engineering Education. A practitioner of problem-based learning (PBL), he regularly conducts courses to train academics in effective implementation of student-centered learning techniques. Prior to joining UTM, he worked as an engineer in industries, such as INTEL and SIME-DARBY. He was a plenary speaker at the inaugural ASEE International Forum in 2012 and at the International Workshop on Innovative Engineering Education in November 2013 in Korea. He won the best paper award at the 2011 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference in Amman, Jordan, and two gold medals in the i-PHEX 2014 Innovative Practices in Higher Education Exposition. His research areas are on student centered learning, problem solving in engineering, manufacturing systems and optimization, and systems dynamic modelling.


Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi
International Federation of Engineering Education Societies
Society of Engineering Education Malaysia
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Supported By

Malaysia Council of Engineering Deans                Malaysia Ministry of Tourism And Culture                Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau                Malaysia Truly Asia

Silver Sponsor

Associate Sponsor

Dassault Systemes
Math Works         EMGS         MMC Corporation Berhad

Technical Co-Sponsor

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers



Universiti Teknologi Petronas
Philippine Association of Engineering Schools       Universitas Indonesia       Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia       Universiti Sains Malaysia       Universiti Teknologi Mara       Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia