Employability challenges for Cambodian tertiary graduates

  • Novuthny Hak

    Student thesis: Masters by Research - CDU


    Graduate standards and employability have been a significant issue in Cambodia over the past decades. An extensive review of the literature indicated that Cambodia has enjoyed high levels of enrolment in HE; however, there is also an accompanied high level of graduate unemployment. Though the exact official unemployment rate among new graduates is hard to track, at least 30 percent were unemployed in 2010.

    The purpose of the study is to investigate the challenges faced by university graduates when preparing for their employment after graduation in Cambodia to better understand the context of the problem and ways to address it. To this end, the study looked for an international model and examined perspectives of university executives at an Australian university with regards to the issue of graduate employability and its solutions.

    A qualitative research methodology was employed. The study used interviews as the means of data collection. The interviews were based on issues identified in the literature review as key areas around which universities structure implementation of graduate employability policies.

    The findings of the study showed that the challenges and issues of graduate employability in Australia are the consequence of imbalanced perspectives between relevant stakeholders on the issues concerning integrating work experience, identifying and teaching relevant skills and graduate attributes, course currency, and teaching workload.
    Date of Award2016
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorPeter Kell (Supervisor), Ania Lian (Supervisor) & Yew-Lie Koo (Supervisor)

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