Progression and tracer studies by PKF Malta

PKF Malta has recently carried out a progression and tracer study on former Mcast students, as part of its Social Corporate Responsibility Framework for this year. To this end PKF collaborated with Mcast in a project that spanned over the last four months and utilised PKF’s in-house expertise from the statistical, economical, mathematical and legal faculties.

The main objective of the tracer study was to determine from an available sample of former Mcast graduates who had succeeded in becoming gainfully employed in fields relative to their chosen area of study and who were engaged in further or higher education. The target population for this study comprised all students from levels 1 to 6 who left Mcast in July 2015, and considered all Mcast institutes including Gozo. Out of a total population of 870 students, a total of 328 students (163 males, 165 females) provided complete and valid replies, leading to a very satisfactory and representative overall sample size of 37.7 per cent.

Data collection was carried out through telephone-based surveys and online streams, with all responses being treated with the utmost confidence.

The progression study delved into the learning pathways of Mcast students during the past five academic years, namely 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 to check if these are furthering their studies, and if so, within which institution.

The methodology followed a standardisation of available data into predefined classifications. Once standardised, such data was then given various representations, placing an accent on the various aspects tackled such as whether students remained in the same field upon progressing or not, how many students enrolled and exited Mcast in the span of a year and so forth.

For further information or to be become better acquainted with our projects we invite you to kindly contact Marilyn Mifsud on [email protected]


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