Essential Education

DEGREES IN DEMAND

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The last two years of secondary school are when students and parents start to think about what happens next and which fields of study offer the most growth and potential. Consider these popular

courses which are known to lead to high employabil­ity.

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Adegree is not only a financial investment, but also one that requires time and hard work.The reward is, of course, the attainment of the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a successful career.These are currently the most useful degrees that can be acquired in Malaysia.

MBA

Now more than ever, holders of a Master in Business Administra­tion (MBA) are in high demand. Besides national and internatio­nal corporatio­ns, there is an increasing number of startups requiring competent and businesssa­vvy managers. The Universiti Malaya MBA course received the 4 Palmes of Excellence award in 2018 and 2019 from the Eduniversa­l Business Schools Ranking. The university offers a two to two-and-a-half-year MBA course; or a 20-month MBA course with the Asia School of Business (ASB), a business school establishe­d in Kuala Lumpur in partnershi­p with MIT Sloan School of Management (MIT Sloan). Upon completing the latter – which is taught by MIT Sloan and ASB’s resident faculty – graduates receive an ASB degree with a Certificat­e of Completion from MIT and go on to become MIT affiliate alumni.

Computer Science

As median salaries of software developers continue to rise and the tech industry flourishes, more young people are favouring a tech-centric education.While the field does have its fair share of self-taught / drop-out coders’ fairy tale success stories, the reality is that most software developers do hold at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science.While homegrown tech SMEs continue to increase, a steady stream of multinatio­nals attracted by low capital overheads are also setting up regional offices in Kuala Lumpur. Colleges in Malaysia that offer respected and recognised Computer Science degree courses include Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM),Taylor’s University, the Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation, University of Nottingham Malaysia and Sunway University.

The rapid advancemen­t of medical technology spurs the continuous developmen­t and sales of medication, machinery and devices, which

is the sector most biomedical graduates end

up in”

Medicine and Biomedical Engineerin­g

As vouched for by market analysts, Malaysia is growing as a medical hub and steadily increasing the competence of its healthcare institutio­ns.This is motivating more students to pursue qualificat­ions in biomedical engineerin­g and medicine.The rapid advancemen­t of medical technology spurs the

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