Limkokwing Academy of Creativity & Innovation

Address by Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr Lim Kok Wing at the Launch of Limkokwing Academy of Creativity & Innovation
16 July 2010

Yang Berhormat Menteri,
Datuk Dr S Subramaniam,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen

May I extend a warm welcome to all, in particular, the Honourable Minister.

Your presence here is always an inspiration to us all.

The 10th Malaysia Plan is pegged to three important factors: high-value, high-productivity and high-income.

To achieve these outcomes a highly skilled, highly motivated, highly creative and innovative human capital is needed.

By definition, therefore, the Human Resource Ministry is now one of the most pivotal drivers of the Plan. In other words, the Ministry is expected to be a major driving force of change and transformation.

I must take this opportunity to thank the Honourable Minister, YB Datuk Dr S Subramaniam for being here to officially launch the Limkokwing Academy of Creativity and Innovation, which has been created in strategic response to the 10th Malaysia Plan in particular, and the need for change in general.

Yang Berhormat, Ladies and Gentlemen,

For too long we have clung on to a system that disadvantages every young person who does not have a good start or who has not done well enough to move into tertiary education. For us to achieve what has been clearly articulated by the Prime Minister in his vision for an innovation economy, we need to reinvent the way we develop and build our human capital.

Education today must be about empowering people to be the best they can be, and motivating them to play a meaningful role in the building of the country’s economy.

Education today must be to empower our young to excel in the skills they need to build successful careers.

Education should never be just about passing and failing exams. It must be about building successful people and not failing to build them successfully.

Because that in turn, will help ensure successful transformation of Malaysia into an innovation nation.

It is with this in mind that the university has created this new Academy; to provide students with a second chance to excel and to inspire them to reach for the stars even if they did not shine during their early days in school.

We have established this Academy to help empower Malaysia’s new generation of movers and shakers; to equip them well with new and creative skills to help enhance the country’s competitiveness.

This is to meet the growing demand for new concepts, new ideas and new content, the new Academy has been designed to be skills-driven and totally industry relevant; so that it will require less time for students to complete their training and exit into industry where they will be experts in software engineering and web-publishing, digital animation and product innovation, virtual reality and digital technology.

These are some of the skills upon which innovation economies are built.

Yang Berhormat,

We’ve made it the primary purpose of this Academy to fast-track students to high-value job opportunities; especially in creative and emerging high-tech industries.

I am, therefore, greatly encouraged, by the presence of Yang Berhormat, Datuk Dr S Subramaniam, who is on his second visit to this campus in just two weeks.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The Honourable Minister’s vision and commitment to the building of innovative human resource that is pivotal to the success of RMK10 are both reassuring and inspiring.

With the Honourable Minister’s continued support, we are confident we will succeed. If endeavours like this succeed the nation succeeds because we would have helped empower thousands of achievers who might otherwise be written off as non-achievers.

On behalf of the Academy, I thank YB Datuk Dr S Subramaniam from the bottom of my heart for the generosity of his support and encouragement. And may I thank each and everyone for your kind presence.