Wednesday, November 29, 2006

UiTM Grads In Demand. Where? From Which Lucky Country Is the Demand From?

UNIVERSITI Teknologi Mara (UiTM) graduates are more marketable than their counterparts from other public universities.

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.



Blogger zaidi said...

stop making generalisations Tok Pa, give us some figures, its pretty hard to believe sometimes unless u have proof.

ahhh...politicians what are they like?

3:33 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So UITM grad's are the best in M'sia..I'll look more carefully next time ,I want to recruit another staff...Maybe Tok Pa was right..who knows...But does this means the UM,UPM,USM and other public Universities grad's are non-performing...I guess this time Tok Pa is simply telling words without any amount of reliable statistics....

5:34 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous smallVoice said...

Yes, they are, Bolenesia is the only country that absorbs all of them into its public payroll. Cos it is a unique country that does not count meritocracy. Congrats!!

7:50 PM GMT+8  
Blogger walski69 said...

One thing that not many people don't realize - UiTM has an alumni that has done pretty well for themselves, particularly those from the 1970's. These alumni, by now, are in pretty high places within the private sector (the company I work for included).

The CEO of my company is a UiTM alumnus, and the company sponsors a certain number of students per year to do industrial training, after which 75 - 90% of these trainees get absorbed into the company after graduation. I'm told that this is part of what the alumni is doing for the university.

I honestly don't know in how many companies this happens, but it would lend credence to Tok Pa's statement.

The quality of these grads, however, is another matter altogether (see my comments to "100 Local IT Graduates To India For Two Weeks Trai...").

5:07 AM GMT+8  

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