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BFM podcast: Will TVET help address Malaysia’s need for skilled talents?

Sofea Azahar was interviewed by BFM89.9 on 2 September 2022. Produced by:... Read More

Underemployment: An economic problem ignored by many

Sofea Azahar was quoted by Malaysiakini. Gajendra Jeya Kumar, 25 August 2022... Read More

Narrowing educational inequality - Malaysia’s perspective

NEAT Working Group Meeting on "Sustainable, Inclusive and Resilient Socio-Economic Recovery and... Read More

What TVET needs is good dose of talent show

Technical and vocational grads more marketable yet sector suffers ‘poor perception’. TALKS... Read More

Poorer pupils pay price of pandemic with e-learning shortcomings

The shutdown of schools because of the pandemic has disrupted education worldwide,... Read More

Fix digital weaknesses first to make up for learning losses

TVET education bore brunt of shortfalls in online platforms, setting back students... Read More

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 centre on development economics related to human capital development and education. Prior to joining ISIS, she has worked at think tanks and an investment bank. She holds a degree in Economics from the University of Essex.

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BFM podcast: Will TVET help address Malaysia’s need for skilled talents?

02 September 2022
Sofea Azahar was interviewed by BFM89.9 on 2 September 2022. Produced by: Jeremy Ng Presented by: Christine Wong, Lily Chai Malaysia is currently beset by a shortage of skilled labour and TVET talents. A report in the Edge detailed how this is actually hampering our pandemic recovery. What has led up to this situation unfolding?…

Underemployment: An economic problem ignored by many

26 August 2022
Sofea Azahar was quoted by Malaysiakini. Gajendra Jeya Kumar, 25 August 2022 When Firdaus, who wants to be referred to by his first name only, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management, he never thought it would be something he would regret. Now, years later, Firdaus often thinks to himself that he should not…

Narrowing educational inequality - Malaysia’s perspective

09 June 2022
NEAT Working Group Meeting on "Sustainable, Inclusive and Resilient Socio-Economic Recovery and Growth in the Midst of Pandemic" Presentation by: Sofea Azahar Date: June 2022 Presented at: Network of East Asian Think Tanks (NEAT) working group meeting Download Presentation Slide (PDF)

What TVET needs is good dose of talent show

26 May 2022
Technical and vocational grads more marketable yet sector suffers ‘poor perception’. TALKS about rebranding technical and vocational education and training pop up all the time with the most recent in March, when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri urged the Higher Education Ministry to formulate a new policy on TVET. This a good first step.…

Poorer pupils pay price of pandemic with e-learning shortcomings

20 April 2022
The shutdown of schools because of the pandemic has disrupted education worldwide, affecting more than 1.7 billion children, youth and their families.¹ Worse, at least 463 million pupils and university learners around the world have abandoned their learning or gone “off the grid”, becoming completely uncontactable – likely due to a range of compounding factors,…

Fix digital weaknesses first to make up for learning losses

15 March 2022
TVET education bore brunt of shortfalls in online platforms, setting back students by 2 years   AS Malaysia enters the endemic phase of Covid-19, it is time to look closely at the remote learning issues that cropped upduring lockdowns and reimagine Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) education as a whole. This is crucial to…

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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