It’s no secret that the job market is tough.

Youth unemployment is a serious issue in the nation and people are generally finding it harder to land jobs.

Credit: MEME

In an effort to prevent the situation from worsening, Malaysian public universities have dropped 38 ‘irrelevant’ courses.


Citing irrelevance to current and future job market demands, the Department of Higher Education dropped academic programmes from 19 public universities.

A logical move, but it does come as a surprise that the halted programmes were mainly science and engineering bachelors and undergraduate studies.

Some of the ceased courses include:

  • mechanical engineering in product invention
  • manufacturing engineering
  • electrical telecommunications engineering
  • electronic communication engineering
  • mathematics and chemistry
  • sports psychology
  • entrepreneurship and trade
  • Islamic education for school level
  • creative technology and animation

The report comes from Berita Harian that revealed each of the 19 universities dropped at least two courses.

That’s not all, several other academic programmes are also under currently observation to determine if they should be restructured to fit the job market or to be halted completely.

Berita Harian also quotes Deputy Education Minister, Teo Nie Ching who states that each public university review their academic programmes from time to time to determine if they’re in line with industrial developments or not.

Teo Nie Ching, Deputy Education Minister
(Credit: Yusof Mat Isa/Malay Mail)

Meanwhile, the Department of Higher Education’s director-general, Datuk Siti Hamisah Tapsir told Malay Mail that the move was made to ensure that local graduates were in line with the approaching Industrial Revolution 4.0.

Industrial Revolution 4.0 or the Fourth Revolution is a new approach that combines traditional manufacturing process with technology – especially Internet of Things (IoT)- to improve automation, communication and data.


IoT refers to the scores of connected physical devises that collect and share data online. For example, using your smartphone to switch on a smart TV is IoT.

Datuk Siti Hamisah also stated that current universities programmes must be offered technological advances such as analytic data and Artificial Intelligence.

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