BAC Education Sdn Bhd wins the Online Services - Education award at the Malaysia Technology Excellence Awards 2022
The BAC Education Group comprises 30 companies dedicated to providing innovative learning and advancing human development in Malaysia and Southeast Asia through education. With a network of world-class partner universities and organisations, BAC Education offers students an unparalleled educational experience and creates value for its stakeholders through innovative technology.
In line with its vision to nurture innovative leaders with a futuristic mindset, the Group launched Learn Different, the ultimate next-gen, holistic education experience, that comprises four main pillars; Learn, Play, Work and Impact. The Group’s initiatives are curated according to these pillars to give its students a strong grounding to navigate the Fourth Industrial Revolution and ride the wave of change in an increasingly globalised environment.
BAC has been focusing efforts on digitising its platforms and coming up with innovative ways to incorporate Learn Different within its student journey. As such, over the years, the Group has adopted and utilised revolutionary technologies to enable a seamless shift to online education and digital platforms. When the pandemic first hit, BAC Education was able to effectively adapt to the new normal, with minimal disruptions to its operations and the student journey.
BAC Education firmly believes that education is a fundamental human right and that no student should be left behind. The first pillar, Learn, was utilised to ensure students were able to acquire equal access to education opportunities anywhere, anytime. Through the utilisation of cutting-edge technology, state-of-the-art tools and collaborations with tech players and industry giants, BAC Education has established an effective and seamless online learning experience.
Some of the Group’s notable initiatives include; BACLearn Learning Management System (a one-stop learning portal with unlimited access to an extensive library of pre-recorded in-class lessons, digital resources, student-teacher interactions and more), Hybrid Campus (enabling students to seamlessly switch from face-to-face classes on campus to online classes from the safety and comfort of their homes), Supplementary Learning Platforms (BAC has partnered with industry giants and world-class universities, such as LinkedIn Learning, Skillshare, and Coursera, to offer students micro-credentials, real-world experiences and networking opportunities for free), AI Chatbots (BAC introduced AI chatbots to enhance the student experience), and ABACUS (a digital resource library providing 24/7 access to over 100,000 videos and an immense collection of e-books, journals and essential resources).
Whether its students are studying online or on campus, BAC’s second pillar, Play, curates exciting opportunities to guarantee a fun and holistic student life. Thanks to a hybrid student life, students can organise and participate in hybrid events, webinars, competitions, concerts, talks and more, either on campus or from their homes. The Group also ensured its students were able to stay healthy and fit during the multiple lockdowns via its gymnasium, MonsterFit. The gym shifted its operations online by hosting virtual fitness classes using digital features such as livestreams, a workout video library, a health calculator and more for free via its website. The Group also developed an online platform featuring themed virtual races to raise awareness and funds for charitable causes.
The Work pillar is not just about providing students with the required knowledge to graduate and find employment. It goes far beyond that. BAC is committed to ensuring its graduates remain relevant so that they will be empowered to own a future that will truly be worthwhile.
Covid-19 has made it almost compulsory for Malaysians to rapidly upskill and reskill to meet the demands of their new roles, especially within SMEs. To facilitate this fast-moving process of digitalisation, BAC Education has taken a range of measures to help build a digital workforce and curb unemployment including upskilling and reskilling programmes (Project Entrepreneur and Project DEEP) and job portals and apprenticeship platforms such as Jobsbac.com.my, Gradjobs.com.my, SpecialJobs, JustLaw.asia, Jobs4All and Project Apprentice for youths, fresh graduates, individuals with special needs, and retrenched workers.
Following its ethos of giving back, the BAC Education Group has transformed the lives of more than 500,000 people from B40 communities at PPRs, UNHCR refugees, migrant workers, persons with disabilities, Orang Asli Settlements, to islanders in Sabah and in women-headed households since 2020.
BAC utilises the Make It Right Movement and Pertubuhan BANGKIT (UPLIFT) as its social outreach platforms, which aim to enhance the lives of the marginalised and disadvantaged and accord them a life of dignity and self-esteem. Over the years, these initiatives and platforms have been digitalised to ensure its impact is far-reaching and effective.
The Group’s notable initiatives include:
- BACFlix - The single largest free education initiative by the private sector which manages six specialised online learning portals for primary & secondary school children. To date, BACFlix offers more than 9,000 lessons with over 190,000 students using the platform.
- 1MillionDevices.my - A nationwide campaign to bridge the digital divide in education by equipping every marginalised school-going child with a digital device. To date, the initiative has raised RM48,000 and distributed 106 devices,
- FreeMakan - A BAC Food Bank initiative dedicated to eradicating food poverty in Malaysia by providing dry rations and cooked food to those struggling with hunger. To date, the initiative has raised RM1.6 million and helped 106,000 people,
- ReachOut - An initiative dedicated to providing aid and support for those going through mental health issues, depression, anxiety, and stress, and
- CovidFund - An initiative dedicated to mobilising crucial aid to our government hospitals and frontliner battling Covid-19. To date, the initiative has raised RM427,656 and sent supplies to 15 government hospitals and clinics.
The BAC Education Group aims to continue incorporating emerging technologies and tools into its Learn Different pillars, ensuring the ultimate, lifelong student experience.