INSTITUTIONALIZING INDUSTRY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION: CHALLENGES AND RECOMMENDATIONS ACROSS ASEAN AND ASIA
Saran Kaur Gill
Saran Kaur Gill is Professor of Sociolinguistics and International Communication at the School for Language Studies and Linguistics, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (The National University of Malaysia).
The author of the paper discusses the issues concerning quadruple partnership in the sphere of higher education, that is, how important it is for universities to collaborate with external stakeholders from industry, government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community organizations. The main problems facing the traditional system of education and the possible solutions are analyzed: the need for leadership at senior and middle management level; clarity of conceptualization in relation to community engagement; quality assurance policy; capacity building programmes; incorporating reward and recognition systems; developing criteria and indicators for meaningful, productive and sustainable industry and community engagement.
Key words: higher education, community engagement, Asia-Talloires Network of Industry and Community Engaged Universities (ATNEU), The ASEAN University Network, ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme (AYVP), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).