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ERIC Number: ED457744
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Some Challenges of Establishing a New Tertiary Education Institution: A Malaysian Case Study. AIR 2001 Annual Forum Paper.
Heskin, Ken; Sharma, Raj; Kueh, Karen
The characteristics and attitudes of students and their reasons for enrolling were studied at a new institute of technology being established in Malaysia. The Swinburne University of Australia, in cooperation with Yayasan Sarawak, has established the Swinburne Sarawak Institute of Technology to provide industry training and trade/skills development programs and opportunities for Association Degree studies and certificate and diploma studies in Engineering and Business. A draft questionnaire was developed based on market research techniques. Questions were framed to relate to student experience while addressing the key issues targeted by the questionnaire. Responses were received from 81 students. Of these, only 15% spoke English at home, although the standard of spoken English in Sarawak is higher than that of the rest of Malaysia. Slightly more than half (53.1%) of the respondents indicated that the institution was their first choice for higher education, and 30.9% indicated that it was a second choice. Students ranked institutional factors in terms of their importance for the decision to enroll. The higher ranked factors included library facilities, availability of computed facilities, career training, international qualifications they could earn, the reputation of the faculty, and the programs offered. Factors of least importance in the enrollment decision were also identified. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia