Nearly 40% UNISSA graduates still unemployed: statistics

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

NEARLY 40 per cent of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) bachelor’s degree graduates from 2011 and 2014 are still unemployed, according to the latest statistics from the university’s Academic Registrar’s Office.

In an interview with The Brunei Times, the Islamic university’s Acting Academic Registrar, Hayattuddin Hj Moksin, said the figure was gathered at the end of last year to determine the number of the institution’s unemployed graduates.

For the period from 2011 and 2014, the Islamic university has produced a total of 348 bachelor’s degree graduates. Of the total, 146 are employed, 73 are continuing their studies and the rest are still unemployed.

Hayattuddin said the university is in the process of providing more workshops and practical courses to enhance the career marketability of the students. “This year we want our undergraduates to undergo work experience at various government departments to expose them to the working environment during their third year. For those taking Usuluddin, they will work at Islamic Da’wah Centre, while those taking syariah and law will work at law firms or the magistrates’ courts,” he said.

“We are planning to get feedback from departments and companies that our graduates are currently working for. We also found that job seekers (unemployed) from our university applied for attachment programmes at various government departments and private sectors. This feedback will hopefully help us provide the best courses that is of high demand in the market,” he said.

“We want to tell the members of the public that UNISSA graduates possess similar English language skills and competencies with other foreign and local universities,” said Hayattuddin.

The Brunei Times