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A look at digital adoption among Malaysia's SMEs

Sofea Azahar was quoted by Channel News Asia. Small and medium enterprises... Read More

Researcher calls for better TVET teachers to produce skilled workers

by Aminah Farid / The Malaysian Insight / 24 December 2021 THE poor... Read More

Perkasa TVET, tingkat kemahiran graduan, kata penyelidik

by Aminah Farid / The Malaysian Insight / 24 December 2021 KUALITI tenaga... Read More

Preparing Future Workforce for Post-Pandemic Recovery

Preparing Future Workforce for Post-Pandemic Recovery Building TVET Capabilities in Malaysia Presentation... Read More

Post-pandemic growth – Address barriers to business digital transformation

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, businesses all over the nation... Read More

Challenges in digital adoption

IF there is one lesson to be learnt from the Covid-19 pandemic,... Read More

Forget politicking, focus on recovery and aid

New government must help rakyat deal with pandemic’s economic repercussion while keeping... Read More

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Sofea Azahar

Sofea is a senior researcher in the Economics, Trade and Regional Integration division. Her research interests include development economics related to the vulnerable groups and labour economics. She worked at the Human Resource Development Corporation, and was a research analyst at independent think-tank EMIR Research and a research assistant at CGS-CIMB Securities Sdn Bhd. Her past research, which focused on development economics related to the B40, youth, women and informal workers, has been published by various domestic media outlets. She holds a degree in Economics from the University of Essex.

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A look at digital adoption among Malaysia's SMEs

03 January 2022
Sofea Azahar was quoted by Channel News Asia. Small and medium enterprises in Malaysia have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. One important lesson to learn from it is that the adoption of digital technologies is no longer optional for businesses. CNA looks at what the government is doing to support the growth of…

Researcher calls for better TVET teachers to produce skilled workers

24 December 2021
by Aminah Farid / The Malaysian Insight / 24 December 2021 THE poor quality of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) instructors is adversely affecting the employability of graduates, a senior researcher said. Sofea Azahar, of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia, said improving the performance of the teachers would help produce more…

Perkasa TVET, tingkat kemahiran graduan, kata penyelidik

24 December 2021
by Aminah Farid / The Malaysian Insight / 24 December 2021 KUALITI tenaga pengajar Pendidikan dan Latihan Teknikal dan Vokasional (TVET) perlu dipertingkat untuk melahirkan lebih ramai graduan yang terlatih dan berkemahiran tinggi, kata seorang penyelidik. Sofea Azahar dari Institut Kajian Strategik dan Antarabangsa (ISIS) Malaysia berkata langkah ini sekali gus akan mengurangkan kadar pengangguran dalam…

Preparing Future Workforce for Post-Pandemic Recovery

12 November 2021
Preparing Future Workforce for Post-Pandemic Recovery Building TVET Capabilities in Malaysia Presentation by: Sofea Azahar Date: November 2021 Presented at: 2021 Research Institute Network (RIN) Online Workshop Series on Growth Strategy for Post COVID-19 The presentation reveals the vulnerability of youth in the labour market exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Not only do they face…

Post-pandemic growth – Address barriers to business digital transformation

20 October 2021
Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, businesses all over the nation have had to weather the economic impactsof social distancing and lockdown measures. But if there is one key lesson to be learnt, it is that for businesses, the adoption of digital technologies is no longer optional.   The pandemic has helped accelerate the digitalisation…

Challenges in digital adoption

20 October 2021
IF there is one lesson to be learnt from the Covid-19 pandemic, it is that adoption of digital technologies is no longer optional for businesses. The closure of brick-and-mortar stores and risk of infection made consumers shift towards online purchasing, which supported the growth of Malaysia’s e-commerce market. In 2020, Malaysia’s e-commerce value soared by…

Forget politicking, focus on recovery and aid

25 August 2021
New government must help rakyat deal with pandemic’s economic repercussion while keeping everyone safe. THE pandemic and extended lockdowns have come at a heavy cost to lives and livelihoods since last year. As there is still nolight at the end of the tunnel, the incoming government must focus on what matters most for the people…
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