American Journal of Applied Sciences

Self-Perceived Entrepreneurship Skills for Undergraduates of Private University in Malaysia

Leow Meng Chew, Lau Siong Hoe, Tan Choo Kim and Lillian Wang Yee Kiaw

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2016.715.725

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 13, Issue 6

Pages 715-725


This study was conducted on a random group of undergraduates in one of the private university in Malaysia to assess the self-perceived entrepreneurial skills of the undergraduates. As there was no standard instrument for this purpose, a simple questionnaire consisting of twelve questions was devised and used. The results were analyzed and reported by running the data in a few common statistical tests including the one-sample t-test, independent samples t-test and the one-way ANOVA. The perceived entrepreneurial skills were compared among the academic age groups and between genders. The study concluded that students in the private university are moderately confident that they are equipped with entrepreneurial skills to face the challenges upon graduation and in life. There were observable effect of the university endeavor in instilling entrepreneurial skills among its students specifically in term of the students' perception of themselves equipped with these entrepreneurial skills. Students were also found to be more confident that they were having more entrepreneurial skills as they mature through the academic years. Males were found to be more entrepreneurial compared to females. Future works along the line include expanding the survey to more samples from other universities and longitudinal study after graduation.


© 2016 Leow Meng Chew, Lau Siong Hoe, Tan Choo Kim and Lillian Wang Yee Kiaw. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.