University offers one-stop centre to help undergraduates

More choices: TalentCorp Head of Graduate Employability Norliza Sahar explaining to Kamalanathan the centre’s activities.

PERAK’s first ever one-stop centre for career information, the “Industry Engagement Zone” (Ind-E-Zone), has been launched at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) in Tanjung Malim.

Launched by Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan recently, the centre is a dedicated area within university campuses to connect undergraduates to industry-relevant content and educate them on internship and career opportunities within Malaysia’s key industries.

The centre was initiated by Talent Corporation Malaysia (TalentCorp), partnering with selected public universities and employers, to address the skills mismatch between new graduates and industry demands, empowering students to better prepare themselves for employment.

This followed the Budget 2015 announcement to call for greater industry-academia collaboration to nurture home-grown talent and a report from the World Bank last year that stated the main reason for graduate unemployment in Malaysia was because of the skills mismatch between recent graduates and employers’ demands.

This was further compounded by the lack of collaboration between universities and industries, with most companies not currently engaged with local universities to enhance the employability of graduates.

The centre offers a range of activities such as industry engagements, networking sessions, career talks and sharing sessions with employers to help students make more informed career decisions.

About 11 of the Ind-E-Zone centres are expected to be operational at selected public universities by the end of the year.

Since the beginning of the year, two other centres have been opened at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

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