SERDANG: A total of 3,000 women, including corporate figures and students, attended the #KIT Keeping In Touch Programme with Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, in conjunction with the ministry's International Women's Day celebration held in Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) today.
Themed #WomenInHigherEducation, the event saw Idris co-hosting an interactive dialogue session with UPM student council head Aida Fitri Peli discussing success stories as well as achievements by women in the local higher education scene at international level.
Among guests attending were the Ministry's secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur and director-general, Datin Paduka Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir, UPM vice-chancellor Datin Paduka Professor Dr. Aini Ideris, Universiti Sains Malaysia's vice-chancellor Datuk Professor Dr Asma Ismail and Universiti Malaysia Terengganu's vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Nor Aieni Mokhtar.
During the dialogue, Idris said the female students number at 62 per cent of overall enrolment at institutions of higher learning, 48.1 per cent at polytechnics and 41.7 per cent at community colleges.
49.4 per cent of female graduates at the end of 2017 have their own businesses - generating income and job opportunities for others.
"With Industrial Revolution 4.0 which sees digitisation taking place, there are more opportunities for female graduates in this area as technology tools are there for their use." he said.