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MDA and IMU Organised Workshop in Preparation for Work-Ready Graduates

19 Oct 2017

16 August 2017 – Today’s workplace setting is one that is multi-generational. It is also a world of increasing sophisticated technology and innovation. It was against this background that the ‘Preparing Work-Ready Graduates in Nutrition & Dietetics (N & D) Workshop’ was held. This inaugural collaboration between the IMU’s Division of N & D, IMU’s e-learning Department and the Malaysian Dietitians’ Association (MDA), brought together nutritionists and dietitians from the industry, final year dietetic students and faculty members from seven Malaysian universities (International Medical University, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Unversiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Mara, International Islamic University Malaysia, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin) and one Indonesian university (Universitas Gadjah Mada). Throughout the morning, the workshop participants engaged with distinguished speakers who shared their thoughts on the evolving N&D curriculum, 21st century learners, empowering self-directed learning, and how to inspire learning. Prof Sandra Capra from the University of Queensland spoke on the evolving N&D curriculum and empowering self-directed learning, while Prof Victor Lim from IMU delivered an engaging session on 21st century learners. At the same workshop, Prof Norimah Karim from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) shared her experiences on inspiring learning. There was also a session where university representatives from UPM (AP Dr Barakatun Nisak), IMU (Dr Chen Seong Ting) and UKM (AP Dr Zahara Manaf) exchanged ideas on curriculum innovation.

A hands-on workshop was conducted after lunch where the technology was used to enrich communication within the academic and workplace setting. Hasnain Baloch from IMU facilitated the hands-on session on Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL).

The workshop ended with an exciting open-forum where the forum panellists (Prof Winnie Chee, Dean, School of Health Sciences, IMU; Rusidah Selamat, Deputy Director of Nutrition, Ministry of Health; Lovy Beh – Senior Vice President, BP Healthcare; Suma Nair Senior Operations Manager Healthcare & Education, Sodexo Malaysia; Kenneth Loh, Sales Executive Pfizer Malaysia; Prof Sandra Capra, University of Queensland and participants explored how to turn multi-generational similarities and differences into a positive opportunity for development at both ends of the spectrum.

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