Implementation of My3s: Soft Skill Attributes Perceived by First Year Students in Malaysian Public Higher Institutions

By Abdullah Ibrahim and Daing Nasir Ibrahim.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Employers in Malaysia have long argued about the soft skills of the graduates which are found to be below their expectations. As such, the Ministry of Higher Education has determined seven soft skill attributes to be emphasised in institutions of higher learning. This paper reports the soft skill attributes of the first year students from one of the focused universities in Malaysia namely, Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP). The study therefore, aims to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the soft skill attributes among first year students using My3S with a 10-scale instrument. It is for the university to give full efforts in strengthening its students with the soft skills prior to graduation, hence making them more employable. A total of 1,397 first year students were involved in this study. About 1,113 samples were analysed accounting to 79.67 percent of response rate. It was found that critical thinking and problem solving with 7.15 score is the weakest attribute of the first year UMP students, similar to that of the national average. The highest soft skill attribute shown by the first year UMP students is the leadership skill with a score of 7.94, exceeding the national average of 7.90. Overall, seven soft skill attributes governed by UMP first year students are still at a considerable low score (7.67) which is below 8.00. The university is now facilitating various efforts including strengthening its curriculum by mapping all the seven soft skill attributes in the teaching plan so that it is more explicit for the faculties to deliver to the students.

Keywords: My3S, Soft Skill Attributes, Public Higher Institutions

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.51-60. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 274.923KB).

Dr. Abdullah Ibrahim

Associate Professor, Department of Technology Management, Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering & Technology Management, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia

Dr. Abdullah Ibrahim worked as a lecturer in Teachers College for twelve years before Djoining Universiti Malaysia Pahang in 2004 as a senior lecturer. Dr. Ibrahim taught Electrical subjects in the Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Besides teaching, Dr. Ibrahim was a Director for the Centre of Academic Innovation and Competitiveness until February 2011, where Dr. Ibrahim has to be responsible for academic quality via program accreditation as well as to ensure the quality of the academic staff. Dr. Ibrahim’s research interests are Engineering Education, Energy Saving and Social Science. Research and community service are parts of Dr. Ibrahim’s routine job.

Prof. Daing Nasir Ibrahim

Vice Chancellor, Vice Chancellor Office, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia

Prof. Daing Nasir Ibrahim is Vice Chancellor at Universiti Malaysia Pahang.

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