“In the age of Innovation, Entrepreneurship Education must turn Insanity to Reality”
by Ramesh Zaidi Rozan
सभी को नमस्कार.
Life is full of experience. Living in a Higher Learning Institution as a student is a wonderful part of our life and has always been a dream for many. Thus, students must reap the full experience of the short 3-4 years as Undergraduate students and up to 5 years as Master and Ph.D. students.
Ramesh Zaidi personally believes that Higher Learning Institution could also engage students towards achieving FORTUNE through Informal Education provided that the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem is in place. For that reason, Ramesh Zaidi is often passionate about the value of IT Project Management and IT Entrepreneurship, from both theory and practice perspectives.
Dr. Ramesh Zaidi Rozan, Associate Professor in Information Systems at Azman Hashim International Business School (AHIBS) and formerly in School of Computing, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) for 16 years. Previously, he served as the Director of UTM XCITE, a university-level centre for innovation and entrepreneurship building between UTM community and external stakeholders. He truly believes that acquiring & offering hands-on experience, plus understanding customer needs, pains, and gains are the utmost important values for life.
He has more than 27 years of experience and was formerly in four positions of non-academic and academic in private and public organizations and an entrepreneur since 1993. He has BSc, M.IT and D. Eng in Information Science and Control Engineering in 2007 from Japan and a Diploma in Digital Entrepreneurship in 2020. Dr. Zaidi continues his professional development, having recently been selected as one of 16 worldwide participants of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) USA focusing on Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Inter-Regional Project. He also led the Impact Digital Entrepreneurship Apprentice@KPT National Program, and just recently completed a Master Program in Data Scientist. Since 2013, he has accumulated 1.53 million industry grants and 2.03 million public grants from the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia on projects relating to entrepreneurship development. Actively involved in coaching and mentoring start-ups, he has assisted many projects or enterprises owned by young entrepreneurs. This involves mostly technologically driven enterprises within the domain of Computing and Electronics.
Dr. Zaidi remarked that developing students towards becoming start-ups is very rewarding. Mentors need to assess and help protégés differentiate between interest and commitment as this will make a big difference to their entrepreneurship journey. To quote a management guru – “When you’re interested in something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”
His strengths rely on having acquired experience in the whole value chain of research, innovation and commercialisation, and entrepreneurship/enterprise development, which is often missing among general academicians.
In 2017, he was awarded as a Master Trainer in Computational Thinking & Computer Science Training by MDEC and led the DigitalMakerHub in UTM. He is also actively engaged in Micro-controller training focusing on the National Jurulatih Utama (JU) from the Ministry of Education and he himself was the Founding Advisor and Mentor for Young Innovate Program for the Malaysian Southern Region since 2016.
He is currently focusing on Computing Methodologies particularly in Computation work utilizing Computational Thinking (CT) Concepts. These are to improve the approaches on how to develop a better Algorithm, decomposing of huge problems, recognizing patterns, abstraction, conducting an improved Logical Reasoning and Evaluation. These CT concepts and techniques have been accepted as the precursor for the undeniable IR 4.0. After applying CT in many of his innovation and entrepreneurship cases and classes, he found that CT is becoming too focused on selective Computational lens, thus become less humane. Since then, he introduces research on Humanizing Computational Thinking, where he attempts to inject Humane ingredients into computation solution.
He has been member to several prestigious associations and society, such as Project Management Institute (PMI) – Since 26 October 2011- Member No: 2220795, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Computer Science Teacher Association (CSTA), Society of Automobile Engineering (SAE), USA- Since 2007-Member No: 6121828288, Kansei Engineering (KE)- 感性工学 （かんせいこうがく）-Since 2007, Japan Traffic Safety Association (JTSA)- 全日本交通安全協会 (こうつうあんぜんきょうかい)- Since 2007, Johor Amateur Radio Association (JASRA) – Since December 2008-Member No: 0063, SPSS User Group – Associate Member, Malaysian Radio Amateur Licence Holder- Since 28 Aug 2009- Callsign : 9W2DZD
He is also a Certified Project Management PRINCE2 Practitioner (REG: P2R/275607), Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (Microsoft Office Project 2007 MCID: 7582885), OBASHI Registered (OB/MY000027), holds MNCC Certificate of Business and Systems Analysis, TRIZ-Level 1, holds a Malaysia Radio Amateur License with a call-sign 9W2DZD, enjoys motor-biking and actively involved in Wellness and Health coaching activities.
“Formal Education will make you a LIVING… Informal Education will Provide you a FORTUNE!”
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