A group of MMU lecturers namely Ms Liew Yee Ping from the Faculty of Information Science and Technology (FIST), Ms Usha Vellapan from the Faculty of Business (FOB), Mr Tai Hen Toong (FOB) and Ms Lim Liyen (FIST) obtained “Best Paper Award” at the International Conference on Advancing and Redesigning Education 2021 (ICARE ’21), recently. The team won the award for the Emerging Technologies in Classroom” track with their paper entitled “Students Acceptance and Satisfaction of Teaching and Learning Tools in Google Classroom During COVID-19 Pandemic”.

The conference was the first international conference organised by the Government-Linked Universities (GLUs), hosted by Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) in collaboration with Multimedia University (MMU), Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), and Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP). Led by Prof Dr Wong Chee Onn, the Director of Centre for Lifelong Education and Learning Innovation (LEARN), the committee members and paper reviewers from MMU consist of the Teaching and Learning Agents (TALENTs) as well as the academic members from various faculties.  ICARE ‘21 received 66 submissions not only from the GLUs but also from other local universities and international universities from India, Indonesia and Russia.

The three-day international conference bearing the theme “Thriving in Times of Global Change” successfully achieved its objectives, which include establishing collaboration or cooperation opportunities between government-linked universities (GLUs) and emphasising in building relationships between academic and industry. Besides that, ICARE ‘21 also aimed to strengthen the research culture among GLU educators and researchers, specifically in teaching and learning areas, as well as to realign and redesign the education, post and beyond the COVID-19. The conference focused on four different tracks that represent the niche area of each respective GLU, and they are Skill Based Education, Soft Skills in Teaching and Learning, Industry Driven Curriculum and Emerging Technologies in Classroom.

The conference was graced by two keynote speakers namely Prof Dr Abd Karim Alias, the Director of Centre for Development of Academic Excellence (CDAE), University Sains Malaysia with his speech entitled “Disruptive Innovation in Education” and Prof Ts Dr Razali Hassan, the Director of Malaysia Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (MyRIVET), Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) who spoke about “Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) in the New Norm”. Furthermore, the conference also welcomed two forum panellists i.e. Prof. Sr. Ir. Dr Suhaimi Abd. Talib, Assistant Vice-Chancellor, College of Engineering, UiTM and Dr Vorasuang Duangchinda (Michael), the Director of Office on Online Education, Sripatum University, Thailand to share their views on “Remote Online Teaching & Learning – Moving Beyond COVID-19”.