Measuring Student Performance in Job Market through Industrial Training: A Study at Universiti Utara Malaysia

By Nor Idayu Mahat, Shahizan Hassan, Lim Khong Chiu, Abdul Razak Chik and Mohd Azlan Yahya.

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There is a lack of studies that investigate the impact of industrial training on university students. To fill this gap, a study was carried out to investigate and consequently measure the performance of students of Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) who are undertaking their industrial training in various organisations of different industrial backgrounds. Five skills are measured including students’ knowledge on basic knowledge, communication skills, attitude and discipline, hands-on skills and leadership. Questionnaire was sent to all organisations which participate in UUM’s industrial training programme and a total of 438 responded. The initial feedback indicated that industrial training is viewed by the respondents as essential and would benefit both university and the industry. The performances showed by the students are satisfactory and, in general, fulfil the organisations’ needs. The respondents also forwarded some interesting suggestions and ideas on how to improvise efforts to strengthen students’ skills.

Keywords: Industrial Training, Soft Skills, Student, Performance

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 10, pp.569-582. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.371MB).

Dr. Nor Idayu Mahat

Senior Lecturer, Centre for University-Industry Link, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia

Shahizan Hassan

Director, Centre for University-Industry Link, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia

Dr. Lim Khong Chiu

Senior Lecturer, College of Arts & Sciences, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia

Dr. Abdul Razak Chik

Professor, Department of Academic Affairs, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia

Dr. Mohd Azlan Yahya

Director, Co-operative and Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia


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