Photo – (From left) Standards Malaysia Director-General Datuk Fadilah Baharin; MOSTI Secretary-General Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Azhar Haji Yahaya; MOSTI Minister YB Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau; and MIMOS Chief Executive Officer Datuk Abdul Wahab Abdullah.
Windows of psychometric opportunities
The minister said "the digital sector is now the major sector that can help drive double-digit growth for Malaysia. I am impressed with how MIMOS is pioneering technologies for new sectors such psychometrics."
"Digital assessment was no longer an option but a necessity in building an engaged and effective workforce for the Fourth Industrial Revolution," said Wilfred.
Photo - (From left) MOSTI Secretary-General Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Azhar Haji Yahaya; MOSTI Minister YB Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau; and MIMOS Chief Executive Officer Datuk Abdul Wahab Abdullah.
Later, when speaking to media, the minister summarised the foundational moves. "So today, we have one R&D centre, one sister agency, one scientific association, a number of enthusiastic business partners representing diverse institutions and organisations, a line-up of capable technology partners, and two international standards that will be read as Malaysian standards."
"To me, this clearly represents a thriving ecosystem," he said. "I therefore consider today's event to be an important step for MOSTI as it will highlight psychometrics as an integral component, if not a new growth area, in the digital economy."
4th industrial revolution
When asked about the current effectiveness of psychometrics in predicting behaviour by Computerworld Malaysia, MIMOS chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Wahab Abdullah said local statistical data sets have exceeded 100,000 sets equating to 95 percent.
"As the industry develops, more data sets will add value to companies in all industry sectors including government ministries," said Wahab Abdullah.
"The psychometric sector offers new business opportunities in the digital economy," he added, pointing to a set of MOUs (memoranda of agreement) that were exchanged earlier in the day with recognition of 13 new strategic partners.
Wahab Abdullah added that the initiatives unveiled today will foster a sustainable environment for the development of talent suited to the 4th industrial revolution.
"Twenty-first century skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, teamwork and cultural adaptability are crucial to the nation's progress but are not well-measured by traditional academic qualifications," he said.
"Proper evaluation of 21st century skills will rely on the use of advanced digital assessment techniques such as those that are being researched and developed at MIMOS today," said Wahab Abdullah.
The MOSTI minister Wilfred summarised: "From education to employment, from child development to human capital development, from defence and security to financial services, from maintaining standards of integrity to enhancing government service delivery...and so on and so forth: the potential for psychometric application is countless."
The latest edition of this article is at Computerworld Malaysia.
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