WISMA PUTRA FORGES COOPERATION WITH THREE UNIVERSITIES ON KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT

SAMANTHA TAN CHIEW TIENG

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 14 (Bernama) -- Wisma Putra has established cooperation with three public universities on knowledge management to widen the scope of information sharing in the fields of diplomacy and international relations.

The three universities are Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS).

Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said this would strengthen cooperation in academic, research and cultural areas encompassing exchange of knowledge and information among staff members.

“It also involves the acceptance of students for the purpose of studies, joint organisation of knowledge discourse programmes, knowledge exchange relating to development of teaching and learning, and sharing of documents, theses, dissertations and articles related to diplomacy and international relations,” he said.

He was speaking after a ceremony on the exchange of memorandum of understanding between the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR) and the three universities on a knowledge management programme here today.

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Saifuddin said it was important to promote knowledge management to ensure an organisation does not lose the knowledge possessed by its officers and at the same time to gain knowledge from sources outside the organisation.

Knowledge management is a platform for harnessing the undocumented knowledge of former diplomats and officers for use in training and guiding serving young diplomats to handle problems with other countries, he added.

"According to management researchers, more than 50 per cent of knowledge in an organisation was not recorded. We will lose out and be unable to progress without having adequate knowledge or information,” he added.

Saifuddin said IDFR had created a portal dedicated to implementing knowledge management initiatives for the Foreign Ministry to ensure that information related to diplomacy and international relations like theses, dissertations and articles is a continuous process.

He said since Wisma Putra has more than 100 missions in foreign countries working in different time zones, the portal would allow officers to access and share information not only within the ministry but also with other agencies.

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Saifuddin said the cooperation with the three universities would serve as a platform to encourage officers to pursue post-graduate programmes.

"We also encourage them to acquire degrees and diplomas. We are thinking of initiatives that can be offered to staff who do not have degrees yet and for those with degrees we want them to be subject matter expert by doing post-graduates," he said.

The Foreign Ministry has implemented knowledge management since July last year to promote knowledge sharing among its staffers. The initiative is to ensure that the recorded and undocumented knowledge of former diplomats can be shared with serving officers.

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