The role of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in education and social mobility in Malaysia / Ahmad Naqiyuddin Bakar … [et al.]

Bakar, Ahmad Naqiyuddin and Shuib, Adibah and Mahmud, Mohammad Bastyian and Ridzuan, Mohd Rozaimy (2020) The role of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in education and social mobility in Malaysia / Ahmad Naqiyuddin Bakar … [et al.]. Journal of Administrative Science, 17 (1). pp. 105-132. ISSN 1675-1302


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The article examines the role of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and its role in promoting social mobility through education. The role of higher education exhibits differences and influenced by social origin, job mobility and class inequalities. In‐depth interviews with six intergenerational graduates of UiTM and observations of general social mobility provide insights into the way in which UiTM graduates thrive themselves in the social landscape. Results illustrate that adaptation of UiTM graduates in the light of their social origin and earlier study in UiTM support the gross observation of a stronger chance of their betterment in the society. The potential to thrive by UiTM graduates appears to be related to their advanced education as well as their previous level of studies that contribute to the destiny and job mobility. Little direct evidence is found, however, to explain variations of adjusting to the society and job mobility by graduates whom are from middle to upper income families. A tentative suggestion is proposed that significant composition of graduates of UiTM has successfully reduced class inequalities among different races in Malaysia. It is recommended that future research should use different methods, such as experiments or detailed observations, to gain a better viewpoint on the impact of UiTM through its academic offerings.


Item Type: Article
Bakar, Ahmad Naqiyuddin
Shuib, Adibah
Mahmud, Mohammad Bastyian
Ridzuan, Mohd Rozaimy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > Classes
J Political Science > JA Political science (General) > Political science > Malaysia
J Political Science > JS Local government. Municipal government > Local government > Malaysia
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Administrative Science and Policy Studies
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Administrative Science
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > Journal of Administrative Science (JAS)
ISSN: 1675-1302
Volume: 17
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 105-132
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Item ID: 47365
Uncontrolled Keywords: social mobility, UiTM, education, Malay, Bumiputera

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