Sarawak to align higher education with industry needs to ensure graduate employability

Composite photo of Sagah (left) and Yap.

By Shikin Louis

KUCHING, June 11: Sarawak-owned higher learning institutions will shape their curricula in line with industry requirements to ensure job availability for students after graduation, according to Sarawak Minister of Education, Innovation and Talent Development (MEITD) Dato Sri Roland Sagah Wee Inn.

In a written reply to Kota Sentosa assemblyman Wilfred Yap, Sagah emphasised the importance of aligning education programmes with market demands to ensure the success of the free tertiary education initiative and improve job prospects for graduates.


“These include fostering continuous engagements and collaborations with institutes of higher learning to shape curricula in line with industry requirements.

“Such synergistic networking is pivotal in ensuring that education programs are finely tuned to meet the demands of the job market,” he wrote.

At the same time, Sagah said the MEITD also hope that the industries could reciprocate by moving up the value chain, so as to provide job opportunities in tandem with the qualifications of graduates.

Previously, Yap had asked on the impact resulting from free tertiary education planned for all qualified Sarawakians youths by 2026 after many parents have raised their concerns to him that it could result in producing more graduates without enough job openings resulting in many unemployed graduates.

As such, Yap had asked MEITD on the strategies of the Sarawak government to ensure that there are enough jobs for those with a university degree. — DayakDaily