Current Research

Oct 28 2021

Current Research, October 2021

Arndt Graf Examines Malaysia's Growing Role as a Hub for Research, Teaching and Industry 4.0.

Just like IZO brings together East and Southeast Asian Studies in Frankfurt, academic networks “on the ground" in East and Southeast Asia are increasingly cooperating across the region. An example is the new journal INContext, which is a collaborative journal bringing together the Korean Association for Public Sector Translation and Interpretation (KAPTI), the Language and Intercultural Studies Institute (LISI), Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Indonesia, and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). For their inaugural issue, they asked the IZO member Arndt Graf to contribute an article, and he was also invited as member of the Editorial Board of the new journal.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic deeply impacted the economies and societies of Southeast Asia, Malaysia had achieved many of the goals formulated in the so-called “Vision 2020" during the era of Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad (1981-2003). As this long-term development program emphasized strongly on knowledge society (k-society), knowledge economy (k-economy) and Information and Computer Technology (ICT), one important legacy of this era was the establishment of numerous excellent academic programs, including in technological disciplines. The post-Mahathir administrations since the early 2000s built on this asset and successfully transformed the country's Higher Education sector further, so that it attracted hundreds of thousands of international students from the early 2000s until the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis in early 2020. This paper examines the linguistic and cultural implications of Malaysia's emerging role as hub of both international Higher Education and Industry 4.0.