A High-income Nation Needs Highly Skilled Engineers

Heriot-Watt University continues to nurture purpose-driven leaders, with over 95% of its graduates finding employment within six months of graduation

A High-income Nation Needs Highly Skilled Engineers

PUTRAJAYA, 26 August 2022 — High-skilled engineers are essential for nations to achieve high incomes and for the smooth functioning of modern civilization. They are responsible for bringing the discoveries developed at the bench or in the lab to fruition to achieve their purpose.

Contributing to the quality of life in their communities, they continue to make a difference.

Several mainstream media outlets have recently highlighted the issue of underemployment among engineering graduates. Some graduates have been unable to obtain higher-paying skilled jobs, resulting in them accepting low-skilled jobs, while others earn starting salaries well below average.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the Government takes the low starting salaries of engineers seriously as it may adversely affect young people’s interest in engineering.

Since Malaysia has a low ratio of engineers to its population compared to countries like Japan and Germany, this could negatively impact the country’s development and economy.

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Skilled Engineers

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia’s Head of School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Professor Ir. Dr Denny Ng, says, “As Malaysia becomes a high-income nation and supports the development of new technologies that will enhance its key economic sectors, we will need a large pool of skilled engineers.

“Due to a skills mismatch, a growing number of young engineers are unable to succeed in the real world. The job market is extremely competitive, and skilled engineers are in high demand.

“It is imperative that today’s young workers are equipped with the skills they will need to succeed in tomorrow’s workplace. As a result, they will not only have an advantage on the job market but will also be more attractive to potential employers,” states Professor Ng.

Through its world-class programmes, collaboration with leading Malaysian businesses for industrial placements, and accreditation from professional bodies, HWUM has been delivering high-quality UK education for over ten years, celebrating a decade of creating positive impact in Malaysia.

To promote an integrated approach to learning, the University emphasises the importance of combining technical skills with soft skills.

Around 95% of the University’s graduates find employment or continue their education within six months of graduation.