Saiful Hadi Masran (D3) and Jerome Silla (D3) participated in the 2020 Autumn GEDES Interim Presentation for Doctoral Course on September 30, 2020. They joined eight other doctoral students from the Department of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering in the session. Due to the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the session that was held online this time.
The session started with a two-minute brief presentation from all students. After that, the students were divided into three groups consist of three-to-four students in each group for the presentation and discussion with the professors and other students. Each student was allocated with five-minute presentation and a ten-minute discussion session. Saiful presented his research progress on Educational Mismatch among the Malaysian Graduates, while Jerome shares his research on the Intangible-Tangible Culture Heritage in the Case of Luang Prabang.
During the group session, Saiful received important questions that help him to clarify his research to the audience. He was asked about why he is focusing on overeducation only since undereducation is also a type of educational mismatch that is happening in employment. Reports from the government agencies indicate an increasing trend of overeducation in the labour market. Moreover, overeducation is associated with poor return on investment in education, with negative impacts such as wage penalty, lower productivity, and lower job satisfaction. The group session was very beneficial to Saiful, as he also received important bits of advice and suggestions from the professors. One of the suggestions was to consider a labour market analysis, in giving a deeper understanding of the causes of mismatches. Saiful also received advice on his preliminary research plan in getting reliable statistics analysis from a number of samples.
Jerome was very pleased with the question he received because it was an opportunity for him to clarify some points that he was not able to elaborate on during the presentation. For example, one professor asked about what sort of data that he needs in order to identify the most appropriate ICT. This question helped him reiterate his quantitative survey plan, list down the digital profile data needed to gather, and explain how central these digital profile data of Luang Prabang will be in the overall direction of his research proposal.
While the Q&A portion can be quite intense particularly because of the limited time, the comments received from the members of the audience were helpful in gauging their presentation’s understandability and in improving the way they present their research in the future.