Key points arising from research launched
- Transnational Education programmes are most likely to give Malaysian students the kinds of skills and competences the employers are looking for, according to new research from the British Council presented at Going Global. The three-phase study found the employers, students, parents, senior managers and academic staff all see TNE programmes as the best place for students to acquire key skills such as communication, working with people, and also the ability to work independently.
- As well as boosting graduate employability, the other major advantages of TNE, according to stakeholders, are international exposure, cost effectiveness, and improving proficiency in English. In all 3 Phases of the Study, respondents, both via survey questionnaires and focus group discussions or interviews reiterated the important of English language competencies in building graduate confidence.
- The study's findings are considered significant, given that, according to research, the unemployment rate of fresh graduates in Malaysia, six months post completion of their degree is in the range of 25-30 per cent.
“We have to build capacity and skillset across the whole of society if we want to combat this huge issue of climate change…Collaboration will be the key to all of this, because without that collaboration we don't have a chance of meeting any of the Sustainable Development Goals.” Professor Sayed Azam-Ali, Crops for the Future. International Research for Sustainable Development.
“We can no longer do work in laboratories and hope that it might be used somewhere down the line. We need to start with the market, because without the market we cannot demand support. We need to establish where the need for research is, and how we fulfil that need.” Professor Sayed Azam-Ali, Crops for the Future. International Research for Sustainable Development.
“Academics are certainly motivated by money and publications. So Governments and funding agencies working together to put money into Sustainable Development Goal activity will certainly help. You need funding, but you also need practitioners and academics with passion.” Professor Graham Kendall, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. International Research for Sustainable Development.
“Everything is in its context. Global politics is constantly putting people off-course. You're going to have noise, the unexpected, and turbulence to move through, which might be part of the skillset we need to develop.” Professor Richard Davies, Vice-Chancellor, University of Swansea. International Research for Sustainable Development.
“When building a partnership over a distance of 10,000 kilometres in countries and education systems with different cultures and quality assurance systems you have to take a long breath. If you don’t you will just give up and fail.” Professor Dr Axel Hunger, Dean of Studies at the Faculty of Education, University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE). Student mobility experience – Malaysia truly international.
“As leaders we are not only guardians of our own institutions, we are also leaders that have to face up to the challenges arising from the fact that uncertainty is just there and going to be there continuously. So we need to look for new ways of working, new ways of inspiring people in our organisations and the partners we work with.” Professor Richard A. Williams OBE, Vice-Chancellor, Heriot-Watt University, UK. New challenges for international leadership in higher education.
“I don't think education should be seen as a commodity and universities as businesses. Students are learners, not customers. We have a global responsibility to make education accessible to everyone. Yinbo Yu, International Students’ Officer for the UK’s National Union of Students. Global education, local impact: shaping a future world.
“Even if you go overseas to study you are going to go back home and that is where the impact can be made on your home country and community. When students go into Higher Education, what they study may not be what they'll do for rest of their life. There's a need for HE to create space for up-skilling and re-skilling.” Syzana Ebil, Education Officer, Institute of Brunei Technical Education. Global education, local impact: shaping a future world.
“Students today are definitely a lot more adaptable, but I'm not sure they're more resilient. We have more than we had 50 or 60 years ago… that may affect our resilience” Dr Abhi Veerakumarisivam, Chair, Young Scientists Network, Malaysia. Global education, local impact: shaping a future world.
“This conference has highlighted the importance of knowledge – not only the development of knowledge, but working with knowledge, connecting knowledge into society. We have looked at digital and technological revolutions, and how they penetrate society in increasingly complex ways. These themes, and the higher order of learning around these themes in ASEAN present us with new challenges on how we communicate learning within and across society, and within and across an increasingly digital society. These themes we will take from ASEAN back to our discussions in informing Going Global 2019.” Professor Jo Beall, the British Council’s Director of Education and Society. Global education, local impact: shaping a future world.