Linking academic forestry education with employer's demands: A case study from Malaysia

Ludwig Kammesheidt and Roszehan Mohd Idrus and Trockenbrodt, Michael and Hahn Schilling, B. (2007) Linking academic forestry education with employer's demands: A case study from Malaysia. International Forestry Review, 9 (2). pp. 661-669. ISSN 1465-5489


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University curricula, particularly forestry curricula, have been traditionally orientated to the employers' needs and the society's wants. Modern curriculum development requires a dialogue between universities and potential employers of graduates even more to keep abreast of diversity and change. To this end, the Malaysian-German Forestry Education Project at the School of International Tropical Forestry commissioned three surveys in Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and Sabah to learn about employers demand in forestry and related fields. Apart from putting emphasis on sound state-of-the-art knowledge in core technical fields such as Forest Management and GIS/Remote Sensing, employers interviewed judged basic computer skills, soft skills and adequate practical training programmes as being equally important.

Item Type: Article
Keyword: BSc programme, Curriculum development, Forest management, Practical training, Soft-skills
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28-9999 Industries. Land use. Labor > HD4801-8943 Labor. Work. Working class > HD7260-7780.8 Industrial hygiene. Industrial welfare
S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Department: SCHOOL > School of International Tropical Forestry
Depositing User: ADMIN ADMIN
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2011 15:55
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2017 12:04

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