APU is employers’ pick

Congratulations: Parmjit (centre) posing for a photo with the ‘2024 Employers’ Choice of University’ award. With him are Ho (far left) and employer representatives.

Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU), known for its 100% employability rate among graduates, has once again showcased its prowess by making it into the prestigious “2024 Employers’ Choice of University” list by Talentbank, which prides itself on being at the forefront of enhancing graduate employability and bridging the gap between academia and industry.

In an announcement on May 6, the key player in Malaysia’s talent ecosystem revealed that APU was crowned champion in the “Employers’ Top Choice” category for the fields of computing and information technology (IT), game design and development, animation, finance and Islamic finance.

Additionally, the varsity’s graduates of actuarial science, mechatronic engineering, multimedia and communication, as well as broadcasting, were the preferred choice of employers, achieving six-star ratings.

APU co-founder and chief executive officer Datuk Parmjit Singh, who received the prestigious award at a ceremony held during the Talentbank Raya Open House, was accompanied on stage by Talentbank chief executive officer Ben Ho and employer representatives.

Ho said the “2024 Employers’ Choice of University” list, which includes both public and private institutions, serves as an invaluable guide for prospective university students, providing insights into which institutions are preferred by employers and helping students make informed decisions to enhance their job prospects after graduation.

The employer preferences were drawn from the Talentbank National Graduate Employability Index, also known as the Talentbank GE Index, which compiles insights from over 700 leading employers across various industries to evaluate the employability of graduates in Malaysia.

The GE Index assists students and their parents in selecting suitable fields of study and prestigious universities, offering a clearer understanding of which institutions are favoured by industry leaders.

“This initiative plays a critical role in our vision, highlighting universities that propel students forward in the international job market.

“More than just an academic journey, it seeks to carve out paths towards rewarding careers, with the ultimate aim of elevating Malaysia’s graduate employability, career-readiness and competitiveness on a global scale,” Ho shared.

The GE Index employs a unique tripartite methodology, encompassing three key aspects: identifying the universities that employers typically recruit from, quantifying the number of graduates hired from each university, and evaluating the frequency of recurring hires based on positive performance.

Commenting on the recognition, which further solidifies APU’s reputation for producing highly employable graduates, Parmjit said, “APU graduates have been strongly sought after by employers, evident by the number of recruiters during our yearly mega career fair held on campus. This outcome is largely thanks to our skilled academics who constantly facilitate seamless knowledge transfer to the student community by tapping into new developments in response to global demand.”

Recognised as a Premier Digital Tech Institution (PDTI) by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), APU collaborates with key industry players to develop curricula that meet industry expectations and address the current needs of technology graduates.

With over 80,000 alumni members thriving in successful careers worldwide, the varsity’s consistent graduate employability record reflects its dedication to nurturing professionals for global careers, APU said in a press release.

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