First Penang International Youth Conference 2021

In partnership with Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Association of International Business & Professional Management (AIBPM), StarScholars Network (SSN), Han Chiang University College (HCUC), Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC), Penang Skills Development Centre (PSDC), SEGi College Penang (SEGi),Batu Lanchang Vocational College (BLVC) and Tech Dome Penang, Penang Youth Development Corporation (PYDC) has organized the 1st  Penang International Youth Conference 2021 titled “The role of Youth in the Era of Industry 4.0” that is open to all youths locally and internationally aged 15 to 35 year old to engage in a fruitful sharing and discussion with their counterparts across the world.

The conference which objectives are to provide a platform for youth, young researchers, professionals, scholars, and academicians to exchange and share their knowledge, information, and new ideas as well as to meet and interact with local and international participants as well as to promote Penang as a hub for higher education institutions has attracted more than 400 participants from 18 different countries. 

A total of 18 session chairs, 38 reviewers, and a judging panel that consist of 6 people have come together to choose the best papers, posters, presenters. After careful reviewing, the winner for the Best Paper Award was presented to Gan Kia Hui from Malaysia whose paper title ‘Does the Psychosocial Safety Climate Factor Matter in Education Industry? Perspectives of Young Academicians.’ On another hand, the Best Poster Award was presented to Lim Shu Zhen whose poster titled ‘Internet addiction: An emerging problem among Malaysian youth.’ In addition, 35 Best Presenter Awards were awarded.

The opening ceremony of this event was officiated by YAB Chow Kon Yeow, Chief Minister of Penang State, YB Soon Lip Chee, Penang State Exco for Youth and Sports, together with Dr. Gwee Sai Ling, General Manager of PYDC. Present on the ceremony were Dr. Daisy Kee Mui Hung, Associate Professor School of Management USM, STAR Scholars Network (USA) President Professor Dr. Uttam Gaulee, Association of International Business and Professional Management (AIBPM), Indonesia director Professor Dr. Liem Gai Sin, Penang Branch Campus Head of Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC) associate Professor Dr. Toh Guat Guan,

UNITAR International University director for corporate relations, Badrie Abdullah. Among the other participants were Han Chiang University College of Communication (HCUC) School of Business and Management Dean, Edward Soo, Batu Lanchang Vocational College Industrial Liaison & Training Head of Unit, Oh Zi Jian, Tech Dome Penang CEO, Khoo Boo Wooi and Big Domain CEO, Henry Tye. The honourable speakers were Professor Dr. Krishna Bista from United States of America, Associate Professor Dr. Mousumi Mukherjee from India and Dr. Mohamed Maliki from Malaysia.

In his opening speech, YAB Chow Kon Yeow emphasised that this conference has created a platform for youth to explore the new world of digitalisation through writing. Additionally, this programme involved not only Malaysians, but international youth as well. This in turn will create an opportunity for the youth inside and outside of Malaysia to view the issue on hand on different perspective.

While YB Soon Lip Chee stated that in order to remain competitive, one must adopt the concept of learning from others across boundaries and differences. He considers this programme to be one of the most effective initiatives for establishing a platform for information and knowledge exchange. He further stated that this programme will enrich our participants’ learning experience by providing them with the opportunity to learn from accomplished individuals and academicians, which is a rare opportunity.

On a related point, PYDC General Manager, Gwee Sai Ling said that ‘indeed, Industry 4.0 has made the youth restless as the modern technology are creating a massive threat to jobs as modern technology are slowly replacing men in the industry. Fourth Industrial Revolution is now changing how we live, work, and communicate. Thus, the youth need to take actions to stay relevant in the job markets and we as state agency and higher learning institutions should take the responsibility in helping to develop them to prepare them for the future and it must be a collective effort aimed at improving the potential employment outcomes for youth.’


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