Walailak Research Convention 2023 Explores Challenges and Opportunities in Higher Education

Walailak University recently celebrated its 31st anniversary by hosting Walailak Research Convention 2023, a hybrid event focusing on Higher Education in the Disruptive Era, from 28 - 29 March 2023. Researchers and academics from 19 different countries participated in the event.

The panel discussion was moderated by Associate Professor Dr. Surin Maisrikrod, Vice President of Walailak University, and featured distinguished Professor Yuen, Peter Pok-man from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Professor Lance Chun Che Fung from Murdoch University in Australia, and Professor Dr. Wu-Yuin Hwang from National Central University in Taiwan.

In today's disruptive era, with technology causing significant changes in society, educators need to adopt more interdisciplinary approaches to education and create more content related to Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain, cloud computing, data science, and metaverse technology. Soft skills such as communication, logical thinking, and complex problem solving need to be enhanced. Learners need to focus more on building skills that AI is not good at, such as inspirational, creative, artistic, empathy, tolerance, and altruism.

During the past few years, the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted higher education tremendously, leading universities to shift from onsite to online teaching. While online teaching has advantages, such as flexibility, it may not provide the same opportunities for learners to develop their interpersonal skills as face-to-face learning. Therefore, a hybrid system or blended mode with online learning and face-to-face sessions is proving to be effective.

Despite the availability of free knowledge on the internet, individuals still require credentials from reputable universities. It is important that research is conducted in universities to ensure their academics have up-to-date knowledge. And lifelong learning is very important as it helps individuals stay relevant and competitive in the job market and promotes personal and professional development.

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