KUALA LUMPUR: The RM50 million allocated by the government on strengthening Technical Education and Vocational Training(TVET) will encourage and boost the institutions involved to provide more programmes and at the same time, produce more high-skilled graduates.
Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) deputy vice-chancellor (Research & Innovation), Professor Dr Ruzairi Abdul Rahim said the allocation will be able to provide a clearer direction for vocational diploma students to continue their studies at tertiary level.
He said the allocation channeled to universities within the Malaysian Technical University Network (MTUN) focusing on teaching TVET programmes, including UTHM, will allow universities to offer more facilities, such as courses, laboratories and equipments.
“For example, vocational diploma graduates face difficulties in pursuing undergraduate studies because most of the universities are lacking of TVET-based facilities. The allocation provided will aid the universities to provide the necessary pathways,” he added.
The amount allocated amounting to RM30million will be under TVET Wibawa Fund, while another RM20 million is provided for the Bootcamp Programme which is to increase youth competence.
Meanwhile, Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) deputy vice-chancellor (Student Affairs & Alumni), Prof Datuk Dr Yuserrie Zainuddin, said the allocation is also in line with the university’s funding requirements which are to introduce six undergraduate Bachelor’s degree courses based on technology in 2019.
He said UMP needed the funding to start the courses which involve teaching and learning facilities, as well as providing training related technological courses to lecturers to ensure they master effective teaching techniques.
Prof Yuserrie said the allocation provided also highlighted the government’s concern in recognising the field of TVET and highly skilled workers, in line with the importance and progress of the Industrial Revolution 4.0.
“Malaysia is slightly delayed in focusing and recognising TVET compared to Germany and Japan that are in the forefront focusing on technology and skills for their students.
“However, I am grateful that the government continues to provide funds through the Budget 2019 which is seen to produce hands-on graduates, high-tech nation and workers,” he said.