BATU PAHAT – Ts. Dr. Marlina Mohamad, a lecturer at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), has been awarded a prestigious Aus4ASEAN scholarship to attend a two-week course in Australia on improving the digital readiness and resilience of the TVET system in ASEAN.

This award, which recognizes Dr. Marlina’s dedication and outstanding contributions to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), strengthens her credibility as an expert in the field.

The Aus4ASEAN award, a joint initiative of the ASEAN TVET Council (ATC) and the Australian Government, honors individuals who have significantly advanced the TVET sector into the digital age.

This initiative is a guiding light for innovation, nurturing digital preparedness and resilience throughout the ASEAN region.

It seeks to bridge the digital divide by providing individuals with the necessary skills to navigate the rapidly evolving digital landscape.

This course, which served as a valuable platform for the development of knowledge and skills, enabled an insightful exchange of ideas between Australia and ASEAN.

It covered a wide range of subjects, including quality control in digital TVET delivery during the pandemic and the creation of dynamic online learning tools.

Additionally, it placed a focus on the safe and ethical use of ICT in the classroom, encouraging digital citizenship and educational technology leadership.

However, the benefits of this course were extended beyond the realm of education.

The platform served as a dynamic medium for networking, facilitating the establishment of contacts among recipients from TVET institutions across ASEAN countries.

The networking aspect was a valuable opportunity to establish connections, exchange knowledge, and collaborate on upcoming initiatives, cultivating a strong network dedicated to enhancing digital competence in TVET.

Dr. Marlina, along with other recipients, participated in a series of seminars, training sessions, panel discussions, and site visits.

These activities were not only a learning opportunity but also a chance to network with Australian specialists and organizations, fostering a diverse exchange of ideas and viewpoints.

The course culminated with a graduation reception, celebrating the acquired knowledge and networks, marking the beginning of a journey toward a future in which digital empowerment is widespread.