Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan called on local universities to explore new fields of study to ensure the nation’s progress.
“Universities must be able to explore the needs of the future rather than explore the needs of today,” he said.
“For example, data scientist or data forensic scientist is a new field and a new industry, which I’m confident will become a need in 10 years time,” he told reporters after launching the Indo-Malaysia Expo here.
New fields of study, said Kamalanathan, would also draw more foreign students to Malaysia. This is in line with the Ministry’s efforts to attract 200,000 international students by next year, he said, adding that at present it was less than half the number.
Touching upon complaints by graduates that they were not paid according to their qualifications, he said: “The problem is, they may be academically ready but not industry wise.
Some students are academically excellent but when they enter the work scene, they don’t do so well. He stressed that graduates should be provided with on the job training so they can handle the responsibility which comes with employment.
He said the ministry had also recommended that all local public and private universities strengthen their industrial skills training programmes to better equip graduates. – Bernama