Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM) students from the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) recently marked a successful participation at the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) & Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Youth Arena Convention Malaysia (YACM) 2023 at the CIDB Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur on 20-21 October 2023.
This grand annual event, organised by CIDB & CIOB Malaysia committee together with Tunku Abdul Rahman University of Management & Technology (TAR UMT) and Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), sought to bring in the brightest minds in construction and project management to share their knowledge, passion and experience via workshops and in-depth panel discussions.
Led by Azreen Zulkeflee & Dr. Diyana Syafiqah Abd Razak, a group of EGIS students enjoyed a knowledge-filled two-day event, where they took the opportunity to learn more about the industry and its future.
The YACM 2023 also saw participation from other universities, including UM, USM, Taylor’s University, UTHM, UTEM, UiTM, UTM, UNISEL, INTI and University of Reading.
The first day commenced with an opening speech from Ts. Ng Teck Wei, Organising Chairman, followed by Caroline Grumble, CEO of CIOB. The group then enjoyed a series of ice-breaking events before kicking off the agenda with group discussions and project showcases.
Day two featured addresses by key figures in the industry. Presentations covered gender equality and the role of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in shaping the construction industry’s future. Participants' project showcases were highlighted through multimedia presentations, followed by games, prizes, and the official closing ceremony.
This event very much focused on the theme of sustainability and innovation for the future of the construction sector. It also serves as a platform for the thinkers of tomorrow to collaborate with, learn from and inspire each other to steer the construction sector to greater heights.
“We are extremely grateful to the dedicated organizers and co-organizers who worked tirelessly to make this event a reality. Their vision and commitment were instrumental in making the Youth Arena Convention a resounding success. As we reflect on the memorable moments and connections forged during these two days, we're excited about the lasting impact it will have on the construction and built environment sector,” expressed Assistant Professor Azreen Ariff Bin Zulkeflee.