Malaysia not churning out suitable graduates for innovation, R&D: Professor

7 September 2017

Malaysian universities are not producing the type of graduates needed to drive innovation and research and development (R&D), both of which are necessary to move the nation forward.

Professor Dwight H. Perkins, the Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Emeritus, at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Harvard Kennedy School, said Malaysia is at a point where it will have to innovate very substantially.
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Should weak export performance be a concern?

by: Prof. Yeah Kim Leng, Director of Economic Studies Program at Jeffrey Cheah In­stitute on Southeast Asia

Malaysia’s just released March export performance can be viewed from either a glass half full or half empty perspective. The glass is half full considering that total export value in ringgit rose by a strong 17.4 percent from the previous month. Likewise, the export volume index grew even more strongly at 19.1 percent.

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Should businesses worry about middle income trap?

by: Prof. Yeah Kim Leng, Director of Economic Studies Program at Jeffrey Cheah In­stitute on Southeast Asia

Of the many challenges facing the Malaysian economy, the middle income trap has become an overarching theme in the country’s growth narrative. It will likely remain so until the nation is able to cross the high income threshold that is targeted by the year 2020.

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