Universities should teach the skills required by the job market to reduce unemployability

KUALA LUMPUR: Universities should equip students with the skills required by today `s job market to enhance employability, says Talent Corporation Malaysia Bhd (TalentCorp).

The Star Online quoted TalentCorp industry partnerships manager Noor Asmaliza Romlee saying that only half of the 178,000 diploma and degree graduates, who enter the workforce annually are employed, The Star reported.

“There is a mismatch between what the industry wants and what the academia is producing.

“The universities need to look at the list to ensure employability and revise their curriculum,” said Noor Azmaliza at the Malaysia’s Future Workforce and Graduate Employability discussion that was held in conjunction with the British Council Study UK Fair on Sunday (Oct 13).

Noor Asmaliza also pointed out that universities might need to make some of the subjects more multidisciplinary.

“For instance, to be trained in cyber-security work, one needs to be trained not just in computer science but also forensic skills,” she said.

According to Khazanah Research Institute’s School-to-Work Transition Survey 2018 the top two reasons for fresh graduate unemployment were skills mismatch, job search, and recruitment mismatch.

 

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