Saturday, January 26, 2013

Develop problem-solving skills, students urged

PUTRAJAYA: Students must not only equip themselves with professional skills but also generic ones if they were to become future drivers of a high-income nation.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said while ac-quiring professional expertise was crucial, students should develop sound problem-solving skills and the ability to come up with new ideas.

"Students should not restrict themselves to seeking knowledge merely during lectures but be more creative in acquiring knowledge from various avenues and sources.

"This includes participation in activities that could expose them to various experiences, skills and knowledge that cannot be gained during lectures.

"Leadership and organisational management skills, for example, can be acquired and sharpened through participation in associations or clubs at institutions of higher learning," Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said at the opening of the National Students Consultative Council meeting at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, here yesterday.

Also present was Higher Education Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Khaled Nordin.

Muhyiddin said students' participation and engagement in discourses could also enhance their thinking and analytical skills.

They could also master the art of putting their arguments across besides churning out good ideas and suggestions.

They, he said should build on these vital skills during their university days.

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