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Skills Importance in the Future

Industry Versus Faculty

Descriptive analysis showed that both faculty members’ and industrial sector members’ means are around 4 “agree,” showing their high agreement level towards these skills’ importance in the future with relatively higher means in favour of faculty members for Dimension I, except for practical experience which industry members have higher means pointing out its importance.

But for Dimensions II, III, and IV, industrial members showed higher means which was an expected result due to the nature of the faculty members who focus more in the core engineering knowledge listed in Dimension I, while those of the industrial sector focus more on the soft skills and management skills listed in Dimensions II, III, and IV. Generally, both groups have positive attitude towards skills importance by 2030 as detailed in Tables 7.9, 7.10, 7.11 and 7.12.

Hypothesis testing using Mann-Whitney U test showed no statistically significant difference between both groups.

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