Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh launching of the iKOM lab and UniMAP TV here today. Pix by AZHAR RAMLI

KANGAR: The Higher Education Ministry is mulling an audit on courses offered in public universities nationwide to ensure they are relevant and meet the needs of the industry.

Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said the auditing would also ensure the courses offered are up to date with the current demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, also termed as Industry 4.0.

He said outdated courses might be discontinued and replaced by new courses that fit in with the approaches of digitilisation and technological disruptions.

He said the evolution in the higher education system or Education 4.0 has resulted in the revolution of the public universities across the country.

This, he said could be seen from the high employability rate recorded by the majority of local universities.

He cited the example of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) which recorded a 95 percent employability rate with an average of 40 per cent of its students landing a job before their graduation.

He also lauded UniMAP's achievement where 70 per cent of the pioneer students from the School of Human Development and Technocommunication (iKOM) have secured jobs before the convocation ceremony scheduled next month.

"Claims by certain quarters that graduates from our (local) universities have a low chance of being employed are not true.

"The universities nationwide are evolving and their improvement is satisfactory.

"The changes or improvement made by the univesities should adopt the approaches of Industry 4.0," he said after the launching of the iKOM lab and UniMAP TV here today.

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