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From youth to youth: engineering undergraduates attracting school students to engineering education

Othman, Hussain and Mohd Salleh, Berhannudin and Sulaiman, Abdullah and Selamat, Asri From youth to youth: engineering undergraduates attracting school students to engineering education. In: 37th annual SEFI annual conference, 1-4 July 2009, Delft.

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Abstract

Malaysia is moving forward to increase the number of profesional engineers in five years ahead. Some four new technical universities have been established since 2000. Unfortunately, the interest to study engineering among young generation does not increase as much as anticipated by the government. Most of the students were reluctant to choose engineering as their first choice and yet some were forced by their parents to choose the engineering programs. Having established as an engineering university, University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia has identified some approaches to improve the situation and one ofwhich involves its undergraduates as coordinators. As a part of university's generic skills assessment program, a group of 70 engineering Undergaduates had organized alnotivational project called Student's Guided Motivational Program to 395 school students. A study was conducted on thc learning motivation and the interest of school students towards their future career. Pre-survey showed that only 8.4% of the students Were interested to become engineers whcreas the rest opted for other careers. However, post-survey conducted at the end of the program had surprisingly recorded the increasing percentage to 67.8% students opted for engineer as their future carecr. Thus, this proved the success ofthe program in enhancing the interest of school students towards enginccring education.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: undergaduates; motivation; guidance; engineering education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2012 02:33
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2012 02:33
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/2527
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