Irrelevant courses frozen to overcome glut of graduates in job market

KUALA LUMPUR: The Higher Education Ministry has undertaken various measures including freezing irrelevant and non-viable courses in overcoming the glut of graduates in the job market.

Its minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said the ministry had also identified new industry-oriented courses, besides introducing dual-degree programmes.

"The Integrated Cumulative Grade Point Average system which evaluates students' capability in entrepreneurship, management, and social and communication skills has also been introduced," he said in the Dewan Rakyat today.

He was replying to a question from Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah (BN-Jasin) on concrete measures taken to overcome the problem of surplus graduates and the mismatch between output of graduates and market needs.

Idris said the ministry had also introduced the programme of Two Years at University + Two Years at Industry (2U2i), which enabled students to study for two years at university and to gain two years of experience at an industry.

He said the other initiatives included the 'co-faculty' involving the participation of leading corporate figures from Shell, Motorola, Maybank and more, and introduction of the industry centre of excellence programme to increase cooperation between the higher education institutions and industries. — Bernama