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Smart Campus Towards 'Smart Economy' - Idris Jusoh

Last update: 23/01/2018
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 22 (Bernama) -- The smart campus or digital campus to be implemented at public universities nationwide by the end of the year will open a new chapter and create a 'smart economy' concept, according to Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

He said the smart campus which would use technology application for every transaction was one of the ministry's measures towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0).

"It will bring a concept of 'smart economy' to the country. The technology application will start from the campus; I believe it will be expanded to the people," he said after launching the Cashless Campus @UiTM here today.

Also present were Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Vice Chancellor Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Hassan Said, UiTM Board of Directors chairman Tan Sri Ir Ahmad Zaidee Laidin and Axiata Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim.

Idris said he was confident that the digital campus would also be implemented at private institutions of higher learning.

"It is the trend; we cannot restrict what is happening. In China, you use application even when borrowing a bicycle, cashless," he said.

With the implementation of the smart campus, all public universities would be using Quick Response Code (QR Code) in their administrations and access to university facilities which included using electronic wallet and no longer cash or card transactions for purchases, registrations and book loans.

Meanwhile, Dr Hassan said UiTM had become the biggest cashless campus in the country by using the electronic wallet (e-Dompet) application Boost at all its 35 campuses nationwide.

"The e-Dompet application offered by Axiata Digital will benefit UiTM's population of more than 20,000.

"All transactions at shops in the campuses will use the application for simple purchases, cash loans, purchase of learning equipment and food and drinks at a cheaper price," he said.

For the record, the e-Dompet application is being implemented at Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.