University graduates' quantitative skills and industries' needs

Nooriafshar, Mehryar and Maraseni, Tek Narayan (2007) University graduates' quantitative skills and industries' needs. In: 6th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Statistics, Mathematics and Related Fields, 17-19 Jan 2007, Hawai, USA.

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Abstract

This paper is based on a research project which aimed to conduct a comparative study of the manufacturing organizations selected randomly from both the regional and metropolitan areas of Queensland. The data was collected in 2005 as part of a Faculty of Business funded research project at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in Australia. The sample sizes were equal (29 industries in each case). The main purpose was to determine whether or not there was a significant difference between the industries in Toowoomba (a regional town in inland Queensland) and Ipswich (a metropolitan city close to Brisbane) in terms of their needs for quantitative skills. The main findings have indicated that only about fifty percent of the industries regard the graduates’ quantitative skills as suitable for their tasks; and there was no significant difference between the regional and metropolitan industries in terms of their requirements for quantitative skills. Further work will address effective and practical methods of dealing with the identified gap and recommend possible solutions if needed.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: Dr Mehryar Nooriafshar
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Economics and Resource Management
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:56
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: quantitative skills, graduate skills, industries' needs
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2064

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