Graduate employability ratios to be calculated
The Higher Education Ministry has taken steps to calculate the
employability ratios of each university faculty with the long term goal
of producing 100 percent employable graduates through the university
system. The aim of the program is to identify the employability ratio in
each faculty so that it would help take remedial measures if there is
any void to be filled with regard to the employability ratio of some
faculties, Higher Education Ministry Secretary Dr.Sunil Jayantha
Nawaratne told the Sunday Observer yesterday.
According to this program, each university will collect data on the
employability ratio of each faculty and analysed by the university. In
addition, a questionnaire will be given to graduates at the graduation
ceremony to ascertain whether they have selected a job in keeping with
their degrees. This would also help find details about unemployed
graduates too. Dr. Nawaratne said, 15 universities will calculate the
employability ratio of each faculty. Twelve universities have already
collected data on the employability ratios of each faculty. Of them, Sri
Jayawardhanapura, Peradeniya, Wayamba, Ruhuna and Sabaragamuwa
universities have already analysed the data collected.
Employability ratios differ from faculty to faculty. Some faculties
where graduates can find employment easily while the employability ratio
of faculties such as Arts are comparatively low. Therefore, this program
would facilitate to ascertain the faculties where graduates have faced
problems to find jobs.