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Developing generic skills at an Islamic higher education institution curriculum in Aceh, Indonesia

Safrul Muluk (Universitas Islam Negeri Ar-Raniry, Banda Aceh, Indonesia)
Habiburrahim Habiburrahim (Universitas Islam Negeri Ar-Raniry, Banda Aceh, Indonesia)
Teuku Zulfikar (Universitas Islam Negeri Ar-Raniry, Banda Aceh, Indonesia)
Janice Orrell (Department of Education, Humanities and Law, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia)
Mujiburrahman Mujiburrahman (Universitas Islam Negeri Ar-Raniry, Banda Aceh, Indonesia)

Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning

ISSN: 2042-3896

Article publication date: 22 January 2019

Issue publication date: 23 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify skills and attributes that should be included in developing curricula, especially in the area of education. In this case, English Education Department of Ar-Raniry State Islamic University, Banda Aceh, is in charge of the preparation of English language teachers and English language professionals exceeding required standards and be competitive in the labour market.

Design/methodology/approach

This qualitative research involved 38 research participants consisting of government authorities, academics and students. Interviews and focus group discussions were employed to collect the data. Both interview and FGD results were analysed through thematic analysis.

Findings

The findings indicate that among the generic skills that need to be incorporated into the department curriculum in order to improve graduates’ quality and meet the requirements of the labour market are: information and communication technology (ICT), leadership, religious competencies, entrepreneurship and communication skills.

Originality/value

The paper has been developed through research conducted by the authors. Therefore, the authors confirm that the paper has been written according to the academic standard and is free from plagiarism.

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Citation

Muluk, S., Habiburrahim, H., Zulfikar, T., Orrell, J. and Mujiburrahman, M. (2019), "Developing generic skills at an Islamic higher education institution curriculum in Aceh, Indonesia", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 445-455. https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-06-2018-0064

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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