Guidebook to help institutions tailor courses to meet job needs

Higher education ministry says marketability of Malaysian graduates has gone up 4% to 79% over past five years. (AFP pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The higher education ministry will produce a “Higher Education Guide Book 4.0” to help local tertiary institutions tackle the challenges of the Industrial Revolution 4.0.

Its minister, Idris Jusoh, said the guidebook, to be released soon, will help these institutions create a suitable educational system which will produce graduates who meet market demands in the future.

He said the guidebook will stress on four aspects — namely study environment, moving from traditional teaching and learning methods to those using the latest technology, assessment without examination, and learning beyond the classroom.

Idris was replying to a supplementary question from Abdul Aziz Sheikh Fadzir (BN-Kulim Bandar Baharu) during the question-and-answer session at the Dewan Rakyat sitting today.

On the latest rate of marketability of Malaysian graduates, based on the Graduate Detection Review System (SKPG), Idris said it was at 79.1% compared with 75% in 2013.

Idris said this increase was the result of several measures taken by the ministry, including introducing the Integrated Cumulative Grade Point Average Assessment (ICGPA).

This assessed students not just academically but also took into account technical aspects, the ability to solve problems, communication skills, information management and entrepreneurial values.

Idris added that the 2u2i (Two University, Two Industry) programme, where the student completes two years in university, focusing on the theory aspects, and two years in the industry to gain working experience, would also help increase their market value.