Visit by TalentCorp

Dr Madhavan explaining his presentation while the attendees listen attentively

A delegate from Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (TalentCorp) paid a visit to UTAR Sungai Long Campus on 24 May 2022. The delegate was Dr Madhavan Balan Nair, the manager of MyNext which is a platform under TalentCorp. Formerly, he was also a lecturer at UTAR. Representing UTAR to give him a warm welcome was UTAR Vice President for Internationalisation and Academic Development Ir Prof Dr Goi Bok Min.

Dr Madhavan and UTAR representatives held a meeting during the visit to essentially discuss future collaborations between TalentCorp and UTAR, and understand how the MyNext platform functions. Dr Madhavan began the meeting by explaining the company’s background, stating that TalentCorp was founded in 2011 and became an agency under the Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR). He also mentioned its objective, which is to transform Malaysia into a global talent hub. He then explained its three strategic thrusts, “TalentCorp has three important strategic thrusts, which are Optimise Malaysian Talent, Attract and Facilitate Global Talent, and Build Talent Network.” Dr Madhavan also explained the ecosystem of the MOHR, which covers five sections; Skills training, Starting School, Finishing School, Professional and Social Security.

Dr Madhavan

Throughout the meeting, Dr Madhavan also talked in detail about MyNext. “MyNext serves to be a platform that creates an end-to-end link to bring together students, companies, universities and the workplace. Students will register into an institution, the institution will profile them and they will choose the courses they are interested in. From there, the career advisors will advise the students on the right action to take based on their profiles,” said Dr Madhavan.

The participants were also enlightened on the usage of MyNext profiling suite, which is split into two groups; to understand the students and to assess if they are ready for work. According to Dr Madhavan, in the profiling suite, they gauge the students’ work value and interests, personality and motivation, future of work, employability, and career explorer. He went on to explain some of the assessments. “Work values and interests represent the students’ vocational interest, which looks at the work they can go into. Meanwhile, career explorer reviews the careers that the students can get in the future, based on their work values and interests. Personality and motivation represent the students’ mental state and mindset, while the employability assessment checks if the students are ready to enter the working world,” said Dr Madhavan. The meeting continued with Dr Madhavan giving more explanations about MyNext whilst answering the attendees’ questions.

Among the attendees were Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES) Deputy Dean for R&D and Postgraduate Programmes Dr Ling Lloyd, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) Deputy Dean for Student Development and Industrial Training Assoc Prof Dr Leong Pooi Pooi, Faculty of Accountancy and Management (FAM) academic Tung Soon Theam representing Deputy Dean for Student Development and Industrial Training Dr Foo Meow Yee, Centre for Corporate and Community Development (CCCD) Director Lim Guat Yen, LKC FES Head of Department for Internet Engineering and Computer Science Ts Dr Hoo Meei Hao, Director of Centre for Extension Education Assoc Prof Ir Dr Lim Jee Hock, and Division of Community and International Networking Director Assoc Prof Dr Lai Soon Onn.

The visit ended with a souvenir presentation and group photo with all the participants.


Prof Goi (left) presenting the souvenir to Dr Madhavan


From left: Dr Leong, Dr Lim, Prof Goi, Dr Madhavan, Mr Tung, Dr Ling, Ms Lim and Dr Hoo

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