INDUSTRY-ACADEMIA COLLABORATION: MEETING UNDERGRADUATE ENGINEERS’ EMPLOYMENT NEEDS

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Indra Devi S.
Linda Khoo Mei Sui
Bharanidharan S.

Keywords

Industry-Academia, Collaboration, Undergraduate Engineers, Job Interviews, Employment Needs

Abstract

Purpose of the study: The aim of this study is to investigate undergraduate engineers’ perceptions on the industrial collaboration program.


Methodology: This study used both quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis. Based on purposive sampling, 150 undergraduate engineers were selected and were required to complete a questionnaire and participate in focus group interviews. Numerical data obtained using the questionnaire were tabulated based on frequencies and percentages. Thematic analysis was performed to identify patterns that emerged from the focus group interview transcripts.


Main findings: Study findings indicate a positive trend in students’ perceptions on the benefits of the program besides indicating a gap in their ability and competency. Thematic analysis based on the focus group interviews reveal three emerging themes which indicate that the respondents found the program to have boosted their confidence, besides being useful and meaningful.


Applications of this study: This study contributes to the design of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) curriculum, specifically for engineers. ESP curriculum design as well as teaching and learning should include industry leaders’ intervention.


Novelty/Originality of this study: This study will be the entry point for employer engagement in teaching and learning as well as in ESP curriculum development for engineers in the context of a technical university.

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