UiTM Grads In Demand. Where? From Which Lucky Country Is the Demand From?
Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed said it had been found that UiTM graduates were able to secure jobs much more easily.
The university has an enrolment of 90,000 students pursuing diploma and degree courses at its main campus in Shah Alam and branches nationwide.
"They hold the edge as many have a good command of English and entrepreneurship skills," he said.
"The other factors are that their courses adopt a more hands-on approach and are tailored to market needs."
However, Mustapa told Ismail Mohamed Said (BN-Kuala Krau) he did not have any figures on the number of unemployed graduates from UiTM.
To a question whether the government planned to re-establish Institut Teknologi Mara (ITM), Mustapa replied in the negative. "UiTM carries the same objectives as ITM. The only thing different is the name." Mustapa said at present, there were 50,800 UiTM students pursuing diploma courses.
To another supplementary question by Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainudin Raja Omar (BN-Larut), the minister said Bumiputera students who failed to gain places in public universities could apply to UiTM.
He said new courses like medicine and pharmacy were being planned while the need to increase the number of lecturers was also being looked into. (NST)
***** Firstly it is only reasonable to expect of all people, the Minister of Higher Education to know the figures for unemployed graduates. That is the very basic information that he should be equipped with, especially when he is answering questions pertaining to his portfolio in Parliament.
One should not make lofty claims of great demand and say that the grads from UiTM are more marketable than other public varsities and in the same breath plead ignorance on even the figures for unemployed graduates there! Relevant statistics must be provided to back up any such claim if the minister's clarifications and speeches are to be taken seriously in the future.
As it is there are already many questions regarding the expansion plans for UiTM.
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