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Malaysia: Beyond National Education Conference


Education, as the means of achieving individual, societal and national aspirations, is a pillar of Malaysian society.

It is the foundation of all that we have come to know as human development. Aligned with Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education, Malaysia has endeavored to provide all with accessible and quality education.

Yet, structural and systemic issues in the space of education remain. These have recently been laid bare for all to see as the pandemic unfolded last year. A national education emergency occurred alongside the health emergency when learning lost its familiar form. As the future of society was cast into unprecedented uncertainty, core matters such as the accessibility, quality and purpose of education were called into question.

This national conference, organised by Penang Institute and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung[1], seeks to bring education stakeholders in Malaysia together, to collectively address these core questions, to troubleshoot challenges, discuss ideas and bring about good change at the local level.

Date & Time: 29 Sept, Wednesday (8.50am – 3.45pm) & 30 Sept, Thursday (9.00am – 12.40pm)
Platform: Zoom (Link will be provided along with your notice of acceptance via email)
Application Form: Application Period has Ended (Updated as of 23/9)
Application deadline: 11:59 pm, Wednesday, 22 September, 2021
Admission is FREE
Note: As spaces are limited to only 50 participants, you will be notified by 23 September if you have secured a place at this conference.


  • To create a space for dialogue amongst users, providers, and beneficiaries of education.
  • To foster discussion, and to develop awareness about the challenges and opportunities present in Malaysia’s education system, currently and in the future.
  • To strengthen linkages between actors in education.
  • To generate ideas and feasible action plans that can improve the delivery of education in Malaysia, and to provoke action and innovation in the education space


This is a fully virtual conference. There are 4 sessions during the conference. Each session begins with a plenary, followed by parallel breakout rooms.

Plenary (60 minutes)

  • Attended by all participants.
  • Speakers discuss their experiences navigating the field of education, as users, providers, or enablers, related to the session theme.
  • Moderated by an expert with domain knowledge, with time for question and answer.

Breakout rooms (30 minutes)

  • Participants choose which breakout rooms they would like to attend (details to be released after the 20th of September).
  • Facilitated by panelists of the session.
  • Hands-on, interactive spaces (workshops, discussions etc.)
  • To equip participants with skills/ ideas/ connections that they can use to further their work.


Assoc. Prof. Dr Azeem Fazwan Ahmad Farouk, Director, CenPRIS, Universiti Sains Malaysia


The Education Industry: Age of the Customer

  • Dr Chan Siok Yee, Programme Quality Sub Committee Chair, Melaka Action Group for Parents in Education (Magpie)
  • Beverlyn Nathan, A Level Biology Teacher, Charterhouse Malaysia
  • Azlina Kamal, Education Specialist, UNICEF
  • Terence Ooi, Co-founder, Wiki Impact

Teachers of the Future

  • Ko Beng Keat, Assistant Education Officer, National Union of the Teaching Profession
  • Chew Mei Yee, Head of Training and Support, Teach for Malaysia
  • Melissa Gomes, CEO, Edvolution
  • Petri Karjalainen, Founder, Finnish Education Solutions (Updated as of 13/9)

Digital Platforms of Education

  • Dato’ Kathleen Chew Wai Lin, Programme Director, YTL Foundation
  • Jolene Tan, Education Champion, Yayasan Generasi Gemilang
  • Felicia Yoon, Co-founder, Arus Academy
  • Daniel Ng, Senior Director for Marketing (APAC), Neo4j

Learning for Life

  • Howie Chang, Co-founder and CEO, Forward School
  • Dr Hari Narayanan, Vice Chancellor, Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation
  • Prof. Dr Lily Chan, Chief Executive and Vice Chancellor, Wawasan Open University
  • Dr Ramona Khanum, PhD in Medical and Health Sciences
  • Cherine Hergazy, Consultant, UNDP (Updated as of 14/9)


For enquiries, please contact Yap Jo-yee (Lead) at

[1]This conference is part of Konrad Adenauer Sharing Political and Civic Engagement Spaces Programme (KASpaces), a regional effort to realise similar discussions in the rest of Asia, and to bring about an international exchange of ideas and best practices amongst participating countries.