PETALING JAYA, May 18 (Bernama)-- The Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) is being urged to review the tourism management courses offered at local higher education institutions to ensure the modules are up to date and able to produce highly-employable graduates who can become specialists in their field.
Tourism Productivity Nexus (TPN) Chairman, Uzaidi Udanis, recommends that the agency set new standards in accrediting the diploma and bachelor's degree programmes offered by over 30 higher education providers.
An important aspect that requires relooking is the duration of a student's industrial placement which should be extended to a year from three months.
"The emphasis on theoretical learning should be lessened to allow students more time to gain field experience," said Uzaidi in an interview with Bernama.
"Students should also be taught about starting a business, especially online, which is a pertinent career pathway.....