Most Islamic studies graduates choose education as their career instead of other fields which also offer numerous opportunities, an official here said.
Last year 71,565 people graduated in the arts and social science field, of whom 1,804 were Islamic studies graduates. This figure presumably refers to local graduates and not those studying in the Middle East and Pakistan.
Of these, a total of 1,804 or 62.8 per cent have sought to work in the education sector, said Higher Learning Department’s academic development management division director Prof Dr Zarida Hambali.
“Most of them become teachers, J-Qaf teachers and teachers in religious schools,” she told reporters after tabling a working paper on the marketability of Islamic studies graduates at a round table organised by the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia.
“There are ample opportunities available for them because there are many schools and colleges being opened,” she said.
Meanwhile, University of Malaya’s (UM) Islamic studies academic director Prof Madya Dr Ruzman Md Noor said Islamic studies graduates would find little problems to secure jobs because opportunities are in abundance for them especially in the education sector.
He added that Islamic studies graduates have a bright future in terms of employment.
“I feel that in the future, Islamic studies graduates won’t be facing much problem in finding jobs,” he said.
The round table was attended by about 50 people.