3 out of 10 doctoral students drop out …

Read this article on NST online today…

PUTRAJAYA: Up to three out of 10 Malaysians who signed up to pursue their doctorates on a part-time basis end up dropping out because of work and family commitments.

This has discouraged many others at a time the Higher Education Ministry is targeting 60,000 PhD holders by 2023, up from the present 14,000.

Professor Dr Zakaria Kasa, head of the National Council of Professors’ education and human capital development cluster, said many of those pursuing their PhDs locally often found that they did not have enough time to focus on their research because of work and family commitments.

“Others then become sceptical about taking up PhDs when they see people they know dropping out halfway,” he said.

This is the reason more people preferred to pursue their PhDs overseas, where they feel they will able to focus better on their research.

Read more: 3 out of 10 doctoral students drop out

Deciding to PhD is one thing, but to do it on part time basis is a different thing all together. Extra effort, extra attention and not forgetting all those sacrifices….

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