Many economies yet to tap full potential of digitisation — Prof Mienczakowski

Mienczakowski (front row, centre) in a photo call with the speakers and participants.

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Nov 30: Curtin Malaysia recently hosts concurrent conferences promoting innovation in science, engineering and technology.

The conferences attracted over 70 participants from Australia, Myanmar, Indonesia and Malaysia and over 90 conference papers were presented.


Pro vice-chancellor, president and chief executive of Curtin Malaysia, Prof Jim Mienczakowski, said countries across the world had long recognised the importance of digital transformation. In fact, science, technology, innovation, digital transformation and Industry 4.0 are now the key foci of both the state and national governments to drive future development.

“However, while the impact of this on businesses has been profound, many are struggling to realise the full potential of digitisation.

“According to the McKinsey Global Institute’s Industry Digitisation Index, Europe is currently operating at 12 per cent of its digital potential, while the USA is operating at 18 per cent,” said Mienczakowski when officiating at the concurrently-held 11th Curtin University Technology, Science and Engineering (CUTSE) International Conference 2018 and One Curtin International Postgraduate Conference (OCPC) 2018 at its campus on Tuesday.

Mienczakowski added that the percentages clearly demonstrated that while business processes are undergoing great change and making much progress in the adoption of digitisation, even advanced economies were struggling to exploit the full potential of digitisation.

He added that with the advancement of science, technology and innovation (STI), there was an obvious need to empower today’s industries with new tools to respond to global challenges.

 “Many nations have long recognised that their prosperity and security depend on how they address the challenges. However, although there is a consensus that technological change is a driver of economic growth, many developing countries have yet to benefit from the promises of STI,” he remarked.

He said that it was in light of these issues, particularly those affecting this region, that Curtin Malaysia organised the CUTSE International Conference and OCPC, and hoped there would be much discussion and beneficial outcomes from the two-day conferences.

“Scientists and engineers in academia or industry have a significant role to play in promoting national and international interests by advancing strategies for employing science, technology and innovation to address global challenges and improve development outcomes,” he said.

Both conferences carried similar themes, with ‘Digital Transformation and Innovations in the Digital Era’ being the theme for the CUTSE International Conference, while the theme for the OCPC is ‘Innovation in Science, Engineering and Technologies’.

Both provided excellent platforms for the participants comprising researchers, engineers, scientists, academicians, industrial experts and university students to deliberate on theories, practices and research findings related to the latest technological innovations. — DayakDaily