Oxford Saïd Launches New Programme to Prepare Malaysian Business Leaders for Industry 4.0


Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, recently announced the launch of the new Oxford Leadership 4.0 Immersive Learning Lab for corporations designed to build the capabilities and skills of Malaysian and ASEAN business leaders to respond to adaptive changes in an a complex, fast-changing environment.

“The Immersive Learning Lab is a dynamic, immersive process that supports leaders from Malaysia and ASEAN as they navigate the leadership challenges of the 4th Industrial Revolution,” said Dr Elaine Heslop, Director of Corporate Education. “The Lab provides a place to question assumptions and to build a deeper understanding of how firms succeed in this emerging context.”

The Oxford Leadership 4.0 Immersive Learning Lab is one of a portfolio or programmes launched to support Malaysia’s ambitious plans for economic growth. Supported by the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) of the Malaysian Government, and the GREAT Britain Campaign, led by the Department for International Trade, the programme has been especially developed in partnership with leading Malaysian training provider K-Pintar.

‘The Immersive Leadership Lab marks a new direction in our executive practice at Oxford. We are delighted to be working with colleagues across Malaysia, a burgeoning economy in the world, on how to engage and confront the new challenges posed by Industry 4.0, said Dr Marc Ventresca, Academic Director Oxford Leadership 4.0 Immersive Learning Lab for Corporations.

The Immersive Learning Lab consists of a 5-day residential module at Oxford Said’s executive education facilities in Oxford. It has been designed to equip senior business leaders with the knowledge and capability to move away from traditional notions of hierarchical leadership, to be more agile and resilient leaders, and make organisations less vulnerable to critical changes in the wider business and social context.

Commenting on the launch, RA Thiagaraja, CEO of K-Pintar Sdn Bhd said, “In the context of Industry 4.0, much has been said about new technologies, robotics and automation; but I believe that the companies which are best equipped to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution are those who start by looking at and investing in their human capital.

“Human capital is the most important, yet the most underrated asset. Companies must begin by preparing their workforce with the right skill sets and capabilities. It’s also about ensuring you have the right executive leadership team in place.”


Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford blends the best of new and old. We are a vibrant and innovative business school, but yet deeply embedded in an 800 year old world-class university. We create programmes and ideas that have global impact. We educate people for successful business careers, and as a community seek to tackle world-scale problems. We deliver cutting-edge programmes and ground-breaking research that transform individuals, organisations, business practice, and society. We seek to be a world-class business school community, embedded in a world-class University, tackling world-scale problems.

In the Financial Times European Business School ranking (Dec 2017) Oxford Saïd is ranked 12th. It is ranked 1st in the UK and 4th worldwide in the FT’s ranking of open enrolment programmes (May 2017) and 2nd globally for aims achieved in the FT ranking of MBA programmes (Jan 2018). The MBA is ranked 4th in Businessweek’s full time MBA ranking outside the USA (Dec 2017) and is ranked 5th among the top non-US Business Schools by Forbes magazine (Sep 2015). The Executive MBA is ranked 2nd worldwide in the Economist’s Executive MBA ranking (Sep 2015) and 9th worldwide in the FT’s ranking of EMBAs (Oct 2017). The Oxford MSc in Financial Economics is ranked 11th in the world in the FT ranking of Masters in Finance programmes (Jun 2017). In the UK university league tables it is ranked first of all UK universities for undergraduate business and management in The Guardian (May 2017) and 1st in The Times (Sept 2017). For more information, see http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/


Intelligence and Knowledge essentially go hand in hand in enabling one to achieve his or her goals in life. This is the essence of the name K-Pintar Sdn Bhd; where “K” represents the word “Knowledge” and “Pintar” which means “intelligent” in Bahasa Malaysia. With the unique, wide ranged yet relevant programme offerings, K-Pintar is positioned as the Total Human Capital Solutions Provider.

Established in 2002, K-Pintar is a 5-Star Training Provider rated by Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF), and has achieved impressive track records in providing quality services to many key customers from various industries. With an aspiration to be a high income nation by 2020, the need for investment in human capital has become so crucial and critical. Without doubt, this aspiration can be achieved among others through innovation, creativity, higher productivity, new technology and development of multi-skilled and highly skilled workforce. This is what has inspired the K-Pintar team. In the business of enhancing capability of human capital in Malaysia, its business is contributing towards nation building and in achieving a high income nation status. K-Pintar has gone regional, having conducted competency and self-leadership training programmes in various sectors for the past 14 years.

K-Pintar has been focusing mainly in five areas i.e. Executive Development, Professional Certification, Technical Competency, Behavioural Competency and Graduate Capability Development. In each area, not only have they identified highly relevant programmes but have tied up with the best industry partners namely Cranfield University, AHRI, PROSCI, SAP, IIBA, BIFM, EMC, EXIN, SPEEXX, EUROPEAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT & TECHNOLOGY (ESMT). Understanding customer issues and needs are always a priority for the K-Pintar team. All our programmes are tailor-made and modified accordingly to meet our clients’ business objectives respectively.

K-Pintar has also proud to be debuted in the FT 1000 High-Growth Companies in Asia-Pacific 2018 ranking.

Address: Suite C-13-6, 13th Floor, Wisma Goshen, Bangsar Trade Centre, 59200 Kuala Lumpur. Website: www.kpintaracademy.com


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