Influential factors to pursue doctorate degree in Malaysia

Siew Foen Ng, Nik Maheran Nik Muhd, Kahartini Ab Rahman, Nurazleena Ismail
2011 Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences  
The production of doctorate graduates is important for new knowledge economy. In Malaysia, doctorate holders are still relatively small. Thus, there is a vital need to look into ways to boost up the number of admission and production of doctoral graduates. This study examined the underlying determinants for the choice of pursuing a doctoral degree? Using both quantitative and qualitative data from 888 and 7 usable responses, the study found the contributing factors to attract individuals into
more » ... e doctorate program were (1) Opportunity; (2) Personal attributes; (3) Working Relevant Knowledge; (4) Financial support; (5) Program structures; and (6) Social Support.
doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.04.048 fatcat:ya5rfyl3nvgrbok7dtjitjwi3a