EVERY employer will select graduates who are well-rounded and better prepared for their workplace.
With the current challenges and demand in the job market, varsities and colleges need to think various ways on how to develop multiple skill sets and knowledge among their graduates to be successful in their chosen field, able to represent their reputable image and meet the expectations of the respective industry.
Higher learning institutions have to groom graduates to be more agile, have a solid understanding of how the workplace works and ensure their skills fit in.
In addition, these higher educational institutions have to prepare those graduates for the idea of moving across jobs and sectors, be versatile and open to various opportunities.
Keeping this to mind UOW Malaysia has continuously improved its standards to produce well-rounded graduates, who could meet the demand of the employers from various industries, which was clearly reflected in the recent survey by Talentbank.
UOW Malaysia is part of the University of Wollongong Australia’s global network, but has a long history of providing accessible, quality, tertiary education in Malaysia, and the surrounding regions, as KDU college and university colleges.
It was ranked the 14th best modern university in the world according to QS Top 50 Under 50 Rankings 2021 and 23rd in the world by Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2021.
In November 2018, KDU entered into an agreement whereby UOW Global Enterprises, a wholly owned subsidiary of University of Wollongong Australia, acquired a controlling stake in the KDU university colleges and college.
Subsequently, in November 2019, the name of the college and university colleges were changed to reflect the stewardship of the University of Wollongong and are now known as UOW Malaysia.
Achievement in graduate employability
In an extensive survey participated by some of Malaysia's top employers, Talentbank has ranked UOW Malaysia as one of the Employers' Preferred Universities in the National Graduate Employability Index (Third Edition) 2023.
The survey assessed the employability rate of graduates based on responses gathered from renowned companies such as AirAsia, Coca-Cola, Deloitte Consulting, FWD Takaful, Genting, Gamuda, GSC, Hong Leong Bank, Huawei, HP, Keysight, KPMG, Malaysia Aviation Group, Micron, Mondelez, Nestle, Nippon Paint, P&G, Petronas, POS Malaysia, PwC, SLB, Siemens, TDCX, Telekom, Top Glove, Unilever, as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and startups.
The employability index ratings are based on data obtained only from such top employers. Quantitative and qualitative feedback and insights were obtained from employers on the employability of graduates of various universities.
"The survey revealed that UOW Malaysia was spotlighted as one of the Malaysian universities that consistently produce highly sought-after graduates,” says Talentbank.chief employability officer Ben Ho.
"This acknowledgement is a testament to the exceptional education and comprehensive career preparation that your distinguished institution provides to its students."
Established in 2010, Talentbank is an enabler in the employability ecosystem, focusing on producing career-ready candidates and helping them achieve better careers by connecting them with industry leaders who seek out world-class talent.
The firm connects graduates with internships, apprenticeships and job opportunities and also holds career fairs in collaboration with a network of several hundred large companies.
"After a thorough assessment, we would like to acknowledge and commend the fields of study at UOW Malaysia that have received unanimous endorsement from employers, further solidifying its reputation as one of the most sought-after institutions in the region," Ho adds.
Aside from this UOW Malaysia is part of a network of UOW campuses that are ranked in the Top 1% of universities globally — the QS World University Rankings 2023.
To achieve global success with UOW Malaysia, log on to https://www.uow.edu.my/