Graduates lose out when lecturers lack industrial experience

Prof-Dr-Sahol-Hamid-Abu-BakarKUALA LUMPUR: An academician has expressed concern that the lack of industrial experience among local lecturers at present could affect the quality of graduates.

Former vice-chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Prof Dr Sahol Hamid Abu Bakar said such a situation could have a negative impact on the marketability of graduates to obtain jobs after completion of their studies.

“How can graduates compete in their careers when their knowledge is only theoretical in nature?

“Knowledge in theory alone is not enough to help students understand the ins and outs of working life, what more to produce holistic students,” he told Bernama recently.

Sahol Hamid, who is also chairman of the board of trustees for Yayasan Destini Anak Bangsa, said this when asked to comment on the high unemployment rate among local university graduates.

He said previously, lecturers possessed industrial experience and as such, they were able to guide their students to be more skilled in their particular field of study.

“In contrast, lecturers abroad understand what is happening in their industry, which enables them to impart industrial experience to their students.

Thus, I hope Malaysia will also be capable of producing more experienced lecturers,” he added.

As such, he suggested the Higher Education Ministry conduct a study on the matter, including ways to overcome the problem.

He hoped all quarters could accept his views with an open mind in an effort to produce high-quality and more innovative graduates that could meet the country’s needs.