KUCHING: Employability of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) graduates continue to show an upward trend and is expected to hit 80% by year’s end.
Unimas vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi said although the employability level is currently at 70%, the over 4,000 graduates who receive their scrolls this week should add to the talent pool in the workforce.
He added that employability level of the university’s medical graduates always hit the 100% mark followed by nursing with a near perfect record.
He also cited engineering and IT as the two fields with excellent market value, with employability level of its graduates at 90% and 80% respectively.
“This is considered a respectable level, considering that most graduates do not seek employment right after completing their studies.
“Some would seek life experiences by pursuing personal matters and goals including travel.
“Other disciplines such as social sciences and fine arts would have challenges in finding work immediately but this should not be a concern, as Unimas graduates are equipped with the necessary skills and competency to adapt,” Kadim said recently.
The university’s 20th convocation ceremony, which ends today, saw the biggest participation throughout its 25-year history with 4,275 graduates.
Of the number, 3,871 completed their undergraduate studies. Another 404 are postgraduates, in which 67 are those who completed their PhD.
Kadim was happy to note that one third of the graduates are Sarawakians.
Following the convocation ceremony, Unimas will have produced 32,454 graduates since 1992.
Head of State Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud is scheduled to present scrolls on the final session of the convocation today.
On another matter, Kadim said the university would continue to expand its industrial engagement programme, citing the oil and gas sector as the next main focus including wood, agriculture and manufacturing industries.
“We are working with the likes of Shell and Petronas, in addition to the Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation.
“We need to collaborate with various industries to develop our research input into the market,” he continued.
Kadim added that the establishment of its Industry and Community Engagement Office two years ago has helped Unimas to strengthen its outreach programme.
The university is also engaging with various corporations to improve their business process and productivity.
Other community outreach programmes include its service learning initiative, a new approach adopted by Unimas to train the rural communities on information and communications technology.
The university is also active in its micro hydro projects for interior villagers.