These 6 Courses Have The Highest Number Of Unemployed Graduates In Malaysia

The data was gathered from public and private universities.

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The Ministry Of Higher Education has unveiled the courses with the highest number of unemployed graduates

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

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Graduate unemployability was found to be the highest in business administration, applied science, human resource management, accounting, arts, and social science courses, said Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh as quoted by New Straits Times.

He said that a total of 54,103 graduates were unemployed six months after they completed their studies last year

The number was based on the Graduands Detection Survey System (SKPG), which recorded 238,187 finishing their studies last year.

The minister added that the number comprises of graduates from public and private universities.

To tackle the issue of unemployed graduates, the higher education ministry has implemented a number of beneficial programmes

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The programmes include the Integrated Cumulative Grade Point Average (iCGPA), Two Universities + Two Industries (2u2i) and the CEO Faculty.

"We created these programmes according to the national education blueprint. The rest of the world which does not have these (programmes) are watching us. This system will be able to produce graduates that are more holistic for the working world," he said.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) said the poor economic condition in the country could be the reason for the high number of unemployed graduates

MEF executive director Shamsuddin Bardan.

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In response to Idris' report, MEF executive director Shamsuddin Bardan told Free Malaysia Today that a lot of employers don't have the budget to hire more talents.

"Employers don’t have the capacity to employ them due to the fact that businesses are very much challenged now and most of them are reporting lower profits. Employers are cutting costs, and when you cut costs, one of the first things you look at is your hiring policy," he said.

Shamsuddin also said the issue has persisted for years and it is up to the government to work with employers to address it.

The issue of unemployment among graduates has been a much-talked about topic in the country:

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