HRD Corp Focus Area Courses

HRD Corp Focus Area Courses


1.     What are HRD Corp Focus Area Courses?


Based on the nine (9) pillars listed in the table below, HRD Corp Focus Area Courses are developed with the aim of supporting Government initiatives in nation building. The courses offered through the HRD Corp Focus Areas are designed to provide the workforce with the skills needed for the jobs of today and those of tomorrow


Details of the focus areas are as follows:



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Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0, which involves the integration of data, artificial intelligence, machinery, and communications to create an efficient industrial ecosystem that is not just automated but also intelligent.

Industry 4.0 describes the growing trend towards automation and data exchange in technology and processes within the manufacturing industry, including:  

1.      Additive Manufacturing

2.      Artificial Intelligence (AI)

3.      Big Data Analytics

4.      Advance Materials

5.      Cyber Security

6.      Simulation

7.      Cloud Computing

8.      Augmented Reality

9.      Internet of Thing (IoT)

10.   Autonomous Robots

11.   System Integration


Source : Industry 4WRD: National Policy on Industry 4.0by MITI

Courses under this area predominantly focus on how modern and smart technology are created for the purpose of automating manufacturing and industrial processes.


Example of courses:

         Internet of Things: Business Implications and Opportunities

         Decision-Making for Autonomous Systems

         Robotic Process Automation

         Smart Factory



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Green Technology / Renewable Energy

Green technology is defined as sustainable technology that takes into account the long and short-term impact of development on the environment. 

Renewable energy is generated from resources that can be replaced by nature, such as wind, water, and solar energy. Renewable energy is also known as "clean energy" or "green power" because it doesn't pollute.

Courses under this area will usually include the use of green technology/renewable energy help to produce goods and services that are more eco-friendly.

Example of courses:

     Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering: Biochemical Technology

    Waste-to-Energy Fundamentals

     Drinking Water Treatment Process & Water Quality Analysis with Competency Test

     Municipal Solid Waste Management


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Financial Technology (FinTech), refers to the use of technology or integration of technology into financial services, to improve offerings from the industry.

Courses under this area tend to focus on factors that can make the financial industry more user-friendly, appealing, productive, and efficient with technological innovations.

Example of courses:

    FinTech: The Future of Money, Markets and Banking

    Challengers and Incumbents at a Crossroad: Forging a Digital Banking Future

    IoT and APIs in the Financial Industry

    FinTech Ethics and Risks



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Smart Construction

Smart construction encompasses building design, construction and operation that makes full use of digital technologies and industrialised manufacturing techniques to improve productivity, minimise whole life cost, improve sustainability and maximise user benefits.

Courses covered under this area include the use of advanced technologies to enhance the construction industry in Malaysia.

Example of courses:

    The Use of Drones for Construction and Inspection

    Building Information Modeling (BIM) Implementation Training Course

    Training on Smart Cities Construction

    Sustainable Construction and Development


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Smart Farming

Smart farming is an emerging concept which refers to the management of farms using technologies such as IoT, robotics, drones and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to increase the quantity and quality of crops while optimising the human labour required for production.

Courses under this area may include those that support the adoption of latest technology in the agricultural industry.

Example of courses:

 Sustainable and Smart Farming using Cutting Edge Technologies and IoT

    Precision Farming and Climate Smart Agriculture

  Drones for Agriculture: Prepare and Design Your Drone (UAV) Mission

    Data Analytics and Agricultural Intelligence


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Aerospace industry

Aerospace activity is very diverse, with a multitude of commercial, industrial, and military applications. Aerospace engineering consists of aeronautics and astronautics. Aerospace organisations are involved in the research, designation, manufacturing, operation, or maintenance of aircraft and spacecraft.

Through the Malaysian Aerospace Blueprint 2030, the government has identified 5 areas needed by Malaysia to be the No. 1 Aerospace Hub in Southeast Asia as below:

1. Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO)

2. Aero Manufacturing

3. Systems Integration

4. Engineering & Designing services

5. Education & Training

Source: Malaysian Aerospace Industry Association

Example of courses:

         Digitalisation in the Aerospace Industry

         Introduction to Aeronautical Engineering

         Airborne Radar

         Aerospace Electronic Engineering


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Block chain

Blockchain refers to how data is stored in ”blocks” of information and then linked together in a permanent “chain.” When a new block is added to the chain, it makes the previous blocks even harder to modify, which helps each block to become more secure over time.

Courses in this area are often designed to assist industry players in understanding and implementing block chain technology in employer operations.

Example of courses:

         Blockchain and Data Privacy Masterclass

         Apache Hadoop Big Data Training

         Blockchain for Business Application and Strategy

         Blockchain and Smart Contract Security


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Courses that are recognised by Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran (JPK), Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) or other approved accreditation bodies; and are registered with HRD Corp as micro credential courses.

Example of courses:

         Agile Leadership and Management

         Applications of Blockchain


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Future Technology

The five biggest future technology trends that Malaysian employers should embrace are:

i.      5G & above and Enhanced Connectivity

ii.     Artificial Intelligence (AI)

iii.    The As-a-Service Revolution

iv.    Robotic, Drones and Vehicle Automation

v.    Extended Reality (EX) – Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/MR)

Courses under these areas tend to focus on supporting the adoption and implementation of future technologies in Malaysia and are not specifically covered under the other focus areas stated above.

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