Kuala Terengganu, 15th January: Human capital development has been identified by the government as one of the most crucial elements which can contribute to a nation’s success. It is reflected in the national policy frameworks drawn by local thinkers and the government.
The policy frameworks, summarized in the three key national frameworks, namely the New Economic Policy, the National Development Policy and the National Vision Policy are based on a profound understanding of the needs and challenges of the present time as well as the aspiration of the nation to achieve quality human capital and ultimately achieve developed nation status by the year 2020.
Answering the call to produce quality human capital, UTM through the Faculty of Management & Human Resource Development with Terengganu Development Institute and Terengganu State Government jointly organized the 1st Regional Conference on Human Resource Development (RESERD 2008) together with the collaboration of Ministry of Human Resource.
The opening ceremony was officiated by Terengganu Mentri Besar, Dato’ Seri Hj. Idris Jusoh and held at the Primula Beach Resort, Kuala Terengganu on the 14th of January 2008. The 2-day conference attracted around 250 local and international participants.
Also present were the Vice Chancellor of UTM, Tan Sri Prof. Dr. Mohd Zulkifli Tan Sri Mohd Ghazali, President and Chief Executive Officer of TDI, Dr Azmi Omar and a special guest, Professor Aahad Osman-Gani from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Dato’ Seri Hj. Idris Jusoh in his opening speech said Human Capital Development is not just an asset to organizational growth and development. It is in fact, the single most essential factor that ultimately decides whether an organization will eventually grow successfully or die prematurely. It is the collective attitudes, skills and abilities of its human resource that significantly contribute to organizational performance and productivity.
He also added that the right approach and understanding of Islam would provide the proper guide to Human Capital Development.
The conference held 6 parallel sessions which presented 89 proposals by local and foreign academia’s such as from Slovac Republic, Iran, the Phillipines, Malta, Australia and the U.K.