Session slides

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This workshop presents the findings of a three-phased study on graduate employability in the Malaysian higher education sector, both public and private. Uniquely, the study considered TNE graduates alongside those from Public institutions and provides an insight into the perceptions among employers of their relative merits. The format will include interactive group discussions and presentations, and will look at the implications across the ASEAN region.

Across ASEAN, there is broad consensus that its human capital, the product of its education system, is at the heart of its future growth. This study on graduate employability in Malaysia speaks to this vital question, by examining the perceptions of the quality of the output of the nation's tertiary education system from the perspective of various stakeholders.

This session is designed for:

Higher Education institutions delivering qualitications in ASEAN, Major employers; Academic and Management Staff; Vocational and Guidance Counsellors; Management staff of Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Human Resources

Questions and findings highlighted:

  • What factors do employers consider make a graduate employable?
  • How can employer tap into the strengths of different types of graduates while also fully aware of their respective limitations?
  • Students indicate clearly that while they do not think there is a significant advantage with regards to employability, pursuing a transnational education gives them international exposure and greater language skills. To what extent is this true of transnational education in Malaysia?
  • What is the view of the output of graduates from public and private higher education institutions?

Advanced preparation
None required

Chair Profiles

Dr Rozilini M. Fernandez-Chung, Associate Professor of Education, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Malaysia

Dr Fernandez-Chung is responsible for the development of higher education quality assurance documents and processes. She is involved in numerous committees related to higher education and policies, heads externally funded research projects and is a member of the World Bank/INQAAHE Taskforce for the development of a professional quality assurance programme.

Kevin Van-Cauter, Senior HE Advisor, British Council, UK

Kevin is Senior Higher Education Adviser for Internationalisation at the British Council, where he leads the British Council’s work in higher education internationalisation, both in the UK and internationally. He advises on Higher Education Policy, specialising in the areas of Transnational Education (TNE) and partnerships.