TNE graduate employment study: an analysis of graduate employment trends in Malaysia


May 2018


This report focuses on graduate employability in Malaysia, a country aspiring to graduate to high-income and to become an international education hub through its Vision 2020 blueprint. 

The research has been completed in three phases:

Phase 1 - Employability of graduates in Malaysia: the perceptions of selected employers

Key findings: 

  • Employers place greater emphasis on soft skills as opposed to hard skills. These soft skills include, very importantly, language (English) and communications skills.
  • Career prospects of TNE students appear to be good compared to other types of graduates.
  • While foreign graduates are top in language, communication skills and confidence, local TNE university graduates are prepared to work hard, committed and are familiar with the local business environment.
  • 60% of employers suggested that a TNE qualification would have a positive impact on a graduates career prospects. 76% of students thought employment prospects would be enhanced. 

Phase 2 - Employability of graduates in Malaysia: the perceptions of selected students and parents

Key findings:

  • Like the majority of employers in Phase I, students and parents place a premium on TNE programmes for their international recognition, being well regarded and awarding degrees valued by employers.
  • Both students and, in particular, parents expressed the view that qualifications obtained from international branch campuses in Malaysia and local private universities with TNE elements in their programmes will enhance employment opportunities of their graduates.
  • With regard to importance of knowledge and skills specific to an organisation, both students and parents placed a high value on knowledge, soft skills like the English language and hard skills such as information technology besides specific competencies. This finding, too, largely reflects that of the employers in Phase 1.

Phase 3

View slides for a summary of phase 3.