Swinburne prof talked on women entrepreneurs at WEF

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Dr. Lim (standing) during the session on "Breaking Barriers: Women Entrepreneurs in ASEAN" at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2018 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 12 September 2018. (WEF image)

KUCHING – It was a great honor for Associate Professor Dr. Lim Weng Marc of Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak to be part of the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) on ASEAN 2018 held in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The Head of School of Business for the Faculty of Business, Design and Arts is just one of the many exemplary academics of Swinburne armed with extensive industry experience and international exposure with various multinational organisations.

Continuous industry engagement ensures that academic staff at Swinburne are up to date with the latest technology, pedagogy, market trends and professional practice. This translates to a high quality of teaching at the university where the academics are able to impart real-life perspectives to their students as well as guide them to master valuable, hands-on skills to thrive in their future careers.

At the prestigious event, Lim led the discussion on ‘Breaking Barriers for Women Entrepreneurs’ with Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Government of South Korea Her Excellency Kang Kyung-Wha, Chief Executive Officer of Plan International Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Queenrides Iim Fahima Jachja, Executive Director of Far Eastern University Public Policy Centre Julia Andrea Abad, President of JA Asia Pacific Vivian Lau, and Founder and Chief Executive Officer of City Mart Holdings Win Win Tint.

Lim was chosen to lead the discussion group as a recognition of his work on ‘Building Connections for Enterprising Women,’ a multi-country research project on women entrepreneurship. The project was funded by the Government of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in collaboration with researchers from Swinburne University’s Australia and Sarawak campuses, Good Shepherd Microfinance, and the Sarawak State Government’s Women and Family Department.

Lim was also involved in special discussions on the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the present and future of ASEAN economy. He shared the stage with distinguished panellists such as Founder and Executive Chairman of the WEF Professor Klaus Schwab, as well as head of states from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

Furthermore, he had the opportunity to participate in a closed-door discussion with Minister of Economic Affairs of Malaysia Datuk Seri Azmin Ali alongside his peers from the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders network.

At the Sarawak campus, Swinburne students benefit from academics of diverse backgrounds who bring a wealth of knowledge to their teaching portfolio. Its Faculty of Business, Design and Arts, and Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science boast teaching talents from Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Greece, Jordan, India, and more whom are able to effectively demonstrate the relevance of units covered in each course, provide career guidance to students, and provide access to a wide network of industry players.

Swinburne’s extensive quality assurance procedures involving continuous liaison and exchange of staff between the Malaysia and Australia campuses also guarantee students receive an enriching learning experience and an internationally recognized qualification.

Lim’s take-home message from the ASEAN meeting is that age is not a pre-condition for success, but in fact, an asset that one should leverage on especially when one is young.

“As youth, we are blessed with great energy and determination. Coupled with ambition and hard work, youth have the opportunity to conquer and make a real difference in the world.”

“Rules are meant to be broken, not laws. This begins by asking difficult but necessary questions, followed by innovating disruptive but valuable solutions for the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit, ethically. I believe that people, especially the young, who can do this well will always be future-ready regardless of whether they choose to be employed or start their own business,” said Lim.

For more information about Swinburne, visit the university’s website (www.swinburne.edu.my), Facebook page (@swinburnesarawak), Instagram (@swinburnesarawak), Twitter page (@Swinburne_Swk) or YouTube channel (Swinburne Sarawak).

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