Skills gap analysis: Satisfaction and expectation of engineering educators in Malaysia

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Abstract

Skills mismatch between graduates and industry needs is a prolonged issue. The high unemployment rate among graduates indicates that the skills possessed by the students in higher learning institutions and the industrial needs are not in the equilibrium. This scenario has negative impacts on the country in economic, social and political aspects, which should not be underestimated by the government. To have a better overview regarding this issue, skills gap analysis has to be done to identify the missing skills among the graduates. Previous studies only reported skills gap analysis based on industry perspectives. This study was conducted to explore and quantify the gaps from engineering educators’ perspectives. A survey on satisfaction and expectation of engineering educators from Malaysian public universities toward engineering graduates was conducted. Satisfaction and expectation were applied to measure skill gaps of 18 non-technical skills that are relevant to engineers. The research findings demonstrated that 50% of engineering educators are only contented through the skill levels of their engineering graduates. On the other hand, all skills were considered considerably essential for engineering graduates according to the educators. Skills gap analysis revealed that written communication skill exhibited the worst mean gap, whereas the lowest mean gap was displayed as the best score by critical thinking skill (0.41). Findings from this survey can be used as a guidance for industries, institutions and graduates in helping one refines and defines skills needed for now and in the future, making employees aware about the critical skills they need to grow to excel in the working field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-454
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Recent Technology and Engineering
Volume8
Issue number2 Special Issue
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019

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Industry
Malaysia
Gap analysis
Personnel
Students
Engineers
Economics
Communication
Employees
Written communication
Excel
Communication skills
Unemployment rate
Public universities
Critical thinking
Guidance
Political economics
Government
Scenarios
Mismatch

Keywords

  • Engineering Educators
  • Expectation
  • Non-technical Skills
  • Satisfaction
  • Skills Gap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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