STEM Education 4.0 – Skilling for Industry 4.0
Prof. Dr. Christina Hong
President, Technological and Higher Education Institute, Hong Kong
Education 4.0 refers to the shifts in the education sector in response to Industry 4.0 where the blurring of boundaries between the physical, digital and biological worlds is witnessing the increasing adoption of automation, digitalization and big data. With a particular focus on STEM education, this keynote will outline the changing world of work and the imperative to deliver the world’s next generation of digitally literate innovators with the skills to navigate the continually evolving exigencies of Industry 4.0. How are our educational systems, and in particular vocational education and training sectors, preparing students for a world of work driven by disruptive scientific and technological advances such as artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology or clean energy? To prepare future generations for new jobs, vocational education and training institutions must align our teaching processes with technological advancements and adopt a more eco-system approach to industry and other stakeholder collaborations. Referencing selected use-cases from around the globe and the Vocational Training Council (VTC) Hong Kong’s institutional members, the presentation will outline and discuss how futures thinking, curriculum renewal and digital transformation are being implemented to radically transform science and technology skills acquisition and application as well as the development of C21st century competencies. Working in close partnership with industries, the Hong Kong approach enables not only the skilling of industry-ready initial graduates particularly at sub-degree and degree level, but also the up-skilling and re-skilling of in-service practitioners for the ‘next normal’ and new world of work.
Biography of the Speaker
Professor. Dr. Christina Hong, is the President of the Technological and Higher Education Institute, Hong Kong SAR. THEi (a member of the VTC Group), offers applied degree programmes developed with significant industry input, incorporating real world project-based learning and applied research components to produce work ready, future ready graduates with an international outlook. Christina is a member of the UNESCO-UNEVOC Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET (BILT) Macro Expert Group developing publications relating to New Qualifications and Competencies in TVET.
Christina holds a Doctor of Philosophy (AUS), Master of Arts (USA), Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Graduate Diploma of Education, and Diploma of Teaching (NZ). She is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Higher Education, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Christina is particularly interested in how tertiary institutions are adapting to the challenges of Education 4.0 in relationship to Industry 4.0 and the new world of work, including C21st employability skills. Given her theoretical and practical expertise in the field of curriculum and pedagogy, Christina continues to champion and implement strategic initiatives in the key areas of digital transformation, sustainability, and innovation and entrepreneurship.
Project-14: Towards New Normal in Education
Professor Dr. Sukit Limpijumnong
President, Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology,
The COVID-19 crisis has set new normals in not only ones’ living but also their way of learning of the real world. The technology has been inevitably disrupted as well as fastened forward to the future. The physical connectivity limitation forced teachers to fully utilise the internet for teaching, students to learn and be responsible by themselves, and administrators to facilitate stakeholders to new virtual platform. At the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST), the leader of STEM Education reform of Thailand, we turned the pandemic crisis into opportunity by transforming our full Grade 1-to-12 lessons in science, mathematics and technology subjects in the online platform, under the ongoing research project named “Project-14.” More than a thousand of newly developed short video clips, practice problems, quiz and exams were produced from 120 national standard textbooks as freely available educational resources. Learning then can happen from anywhere, in any time, through any platforms including web-based, YouTube, Facebook, as well as Android- and iOS-based apps. In addition, newly appointed teachers, non-STEM teachers as well as parents can also utilize the resources for teaching, professional development and facilitating students or children’s learning. The designing framework and future plan to revolutionise learning and teaching will be also discussed in details.
Biography of the Speaker
Professor Sukit Limpijumnong is the president of the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST), a state-run organization in charge of developing and research of curricula, teaching and learning techniques and evaluation in sciences, mathematics and technology at all education levels with focus on basic education of Thailand, professional development of teachers in science, mathematics and technology, raising and evaluating scientific literacy of the next generation of Thai citizens, and promote as well as support Thai talented sciences, mathematics and technology students and teachers to participate in national and international promotion projects.
Prof. Limpijumnong received Development and Promotion of Science and Technology Talents Project (DPST) scholarship since high school. He got Ph.D. in Physics with specialization on computation materials from Case Western Reserve University and did postdoctoral trainings at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center in Silicon Valley, USA. He started his teaching career at Suranaree University of Technology where made a record to become the youngest full professor of physics in Thailand at the age of 34. He also performed short-term research visit as a visiting professor in many world-renowned computational material labs.
Prior to joining IPST, Prof. Limpijumnong was a vice rector of Suranaree University of Technology for 8 years and a director of Research Center for Computation and Theory of Thailand Center of Excellence in Physics (ThEP Center) for 9 years where he and colleagues conducted numerous impactful frontier research on computational materials on metal oxides and nanostructure solids. He has 100+ ISI indexed publications with H-index of 36 and over 5700+ cited. His life-time achievements were recognized by many national and international bodies just to name a few, National Outstanding Researcher Award (2011), TRF Senior Researcher Award (2009), TWAS Prize for Young Scientists (2004).
Trends in Post-COVID-19 STEM Education
Associate Professor Khunying Sumonta Promboon
President of Chitralada Technology Institute (CDTI), Thailand
COVID-19 has changed human life and work styles. The advancement of digital technology for online communication makes online teaching and learning a new norm. In many cases, this methodology is more efficient, effective and convenient for both teachers and students. Education delivery is more flexible. STEM education emphasizes integration of subjects, relevance of knowledge, innovation and problem-solving. Digital technology and STEM education together serve post-COVID education very well, especially aiming at STEM education for all. Three examples of good practices of STEM education in Thailand are given: Little Scientists’ House for school children, STEM Education in Remote Schools and Work-Study Degree Program for Technical Employees. Considering the old traditional Thai approach of the “tetrahedron” holistic education, it is concluded that the combination of digital technology and STEM education serves post-COVID holistic education for all very well.
Biography of the Speaker
Associate Professor Khunying Sumonta PROMBOON started her academic career in 1971 at the College of Education (now Srinakharinwirot University), with B.A. and M.S. degrees in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Hawaii. She has also helped the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) since its inception in 1971 developing and promoting science education and gifted education in Thailand. She was the president of Srinakharinwirot University and chaired the Council of the University Presidents of Thailand for 2.5 years, promoting quality assurance and R&D in Thai higher education.