The global pandemic has slowed down the economy and businesses, thereby hastening the decline in the world’s GDP. Ironically, the pandemic impact has also accelerated the advancement of digitalisation in most countries including Malaysia. It is interesting to observe the trend whereby millennia that grew up in a technologically advanced era are thriving in entrepreneurship, while there is a significant decline in STEM interests and talent pool. The major question will be, “Are the ecosystems of universities and industry synergistically supporting the rapid changes in the new normal?”. The speaker will share his views on how universities and industries can co-exist symbiotically, illustrated via the key strategies that Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS has adopted in bridging the Industry-Academia gap.