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PhD Defence Abstract – Milton Nuwabimpa Rwiita

The study examined the association between the quality of higher education and the employability of graduates from selected universities in Southwestern Uganda. Three hypotheses were formulated and tested. Correlational and Survey research designs were used.The collected data using questionnaires and Interviews was analyzed using SPSS version 21 for preliminary data analysis and Analysis of Moments of Structures (AMOS) version 21 for Structural Equation Modeling (SEM). The study found a strong correlation between the quality of curriculum and employability of graduates in South Western Uganda at r = .594, p < .01; the quality of students enrolled in the university at r = .589, p < .01; the quality of teaching and employability of graduates at r = .560, p < .01. The study concluded that modifications in the curriculum directly affect graduate employability, and those curriculum enhancements also enhance employability. Additionally, curriculum content is a significant predictor of employability, while improved teamwork and change management skills enhance employability. The relevance of academic programs and design is crucial in determining graduate employability. Quality of curriculum and academic grades are essential, while quality teaching and assessment improve employability. Finally, the teaching methods have no significant influence on employability.