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Title: Learning and competence building in innovation and knowledge systems : mismatches in supply and demand of information and communication technology (ICT) labour in Malaysia
Author: Muhamad, Suriyani
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2007
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The aim of this study is to highlight the importance of learning and competence building, specifically in terms of skilled workers. Specifically, it aims to explore the mismatch between supply and demand of information and communication technology (leT) labours, referring to the case in Malaysia. The research therefore answers four important questions. Firstly, it explores and identifies the nature of the skills gap, by looking at skills and competencies for employability. Secondly, this research aims to integrate both supply and demand aspects through the issue of mismatch between supply and demand of leT labour; this is necessary because of the lack of attention to the demand side of the employability concept. Thirdly and fourthly, this research focuses on the role of higher education in relation to the mismatch issue, based on collaboration between universities and industry, industrial training placement as well as the integration of lifelong learning in higher education. A combination of research strategies - questionnaire survey, structured interviews and secondary data - was used to address the key research questions. From the study, it has emerged that there is a mismatch between supply and demand of leT labour, specifically focused on leT graduates in Malaysia. The study has confirmed that the elements of skills and competencies, referred to as transferable skills, are important for employability. In addition, the need for collaboration between universities and industry, industrial training placement as well as the integration of lifelong learning for employability, is confirmed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.629350  DOI: Not available
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