Research & Development in Teaching & Learning
Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Engineering Education Research Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, Institute of Islam Hadhari, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Rapid changes in economic growth nowadays are creating higher demands for employability skills in the workforce. Labor markets are becoming more competitive and depends on the quality of knowledge and skills as the globalization come across in all industries, including engineering fields. Researchers in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia have realized that these employability skills must be enhanced during teaching and learning process, and improve the skills needed for life in the workforce, so that the students are well prepared to face the global challenges. Therefore, in 2009, the Centre for Engineering Education Research was established and was headed by Prof. Dr. Azami Zaharim. The purpose of establishing the center is to generate specialized knowledge and skilled human resource in the field of engineering education. Prior to the formation of the Centre, the Engineering Education Research Group (EERG) was initially established in January 2003. The idea of establishing EERG in the early 2003 came from the previous dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment (FKAB), Prof. Dato’ Ir. Dr. Hassan Basri. Currently, we are stressing on action research and STEM education research which focused on the Future of Engineering Education, Improvement in Teaching and Learning, Student Mobility and Credit Transfer, and Marketability of Engineering Graduates. Among of STEM research projects that have conducted are Enhancing Student`s Learning in Engineering Mathematics Through Technological Software, Adaptation the Module of Chem E Car Towards Improving STEM Education at School Level & Integration STEM Education with Islamic Value System in Higher Education.
Dr Azami Zaharim is a Professor at the Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and previously served as Head of Centre for Engineering Education Research, Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, UKM starting 2009 until 2014. Due to the activities in engineering education, he was selected as an editor of the Journal of Engineering Education by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in the year 2005 and organizing a special session on OBE at the International Conference on Engineering Education in Greece July 2007, 2008, 2009 and elected as an editor for the WSEAS Transaction Journal of Engineering Education.
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