Employers’ Perceptions and Expectations of Malaysian Engineering Graduates in the Workforce: A Preliminary Study

Dr. Sai Hong Tang,
Dr. Wong Su Luan,
Pei Yee See Tho
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Much has been said about the high unemployment rate among local graduates in Malaysia. This issue has raised two pertinent questions: 1). What are employers’ perception towards Malaysian engineering graduates ?; 2). What do employers expect from them? This study was carried out among Malaysian engineering graduates currently in the workforce to answer both these questions. Forty-eight companies from various locations in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Perak, Kedah, Penang and Negri Sembilan were involved in this study. Sixty five individuals from these companies responded to the survey. This paper will present the findings of this preliminary study.

Keywords: Employers' perceptions, Employers expectations, Malaysian engineering graduates
Stream: Adult, Vocational, Tertiary and Professional Learning
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Employers’ Perceptions and Expectations of Malaysian Engineering Graduates in the Workforce

Dr. Sai Hong Tang

Lecturer, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Dr. Tang Sai Hong's research areas include Engineering Education, Computer Integrated Manufacturing.

Dr. Wong Su Luan

Lecturer, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Dr. Wong Su Luan's research areas include the integration of IT into pre-service teacher & in-service teacher education;teaching & learning with IT; constructivism in IT and instrument development.

Pei Yee See Tho

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