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Post-Secondary Education in Qatar : Employer Demand, Student Choice, and Options for Policy.

Author/Creator:
Stasz, Cathleen.
Publication:
Santa Monica : RAND Corporation, The, 2007.
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1 online resource (159 pages)
Edition:
1st ed.
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Subjects:
Education, Higher -- Qatar.
Higher education and state -- Qatar.
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Electronic books.
Summary:
The leadership of Qatar has a social and political vision that calls for improving the country's post-secondary education system. Qatar's Supreme Education Council asked RAND to conduct a one-year study to assess whether the current post-secondary education opportunities in Qatar are aligned with the nation's social and economic goals, and to help articulate priorities for developing post-secondary educational opportunities, either in Qatar or through financed study abroad. The study determined that occupational demands are in the professional, technical, and sales and service occupations for men, and in the professional and clerical occupations for women. Overall, the pattern of demand favors individuals with some post-secondary education. However, education and career choices, especially for men, are somewhat misaligned with demand. There are numerous post-secondary offerings in Qatar to prepare Qataris for work in high-demand fields at the undergraduate level, but not for graduate studies. The study also identified other gaps in the provision of education, and developed several options for addressing them. The recommended investments for consideration are as follows: (1) to address the currently limited opportunities available to Qataris who need further course work before going on to university studies, consider establishing a government-sponsored community college; (2) to address the limited choices in four-year degrees available to high-achieving students beyond the degrees offered in Education City, consider recruiting a top liberal arts college or developing an honors program at Qatar University; and (3) to address the lack of master's degrees being offered in fields essential to Qatar's social and economic progress, consider expanding Education City's offerings or restructuring Qatar University programs. The study also recommended that a
financial-aid program for adults be started and that an overarching strategy of investment be developed for post-secondary education before any investments are made.
Contents:
Cover
Preface
Contents
Figure
Tables
Summary
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Chapter One - Introduction
Data and Methods
Study Limitations
Monograph Organization
Chapter Two - Overview of Qatar and the Policy Context
Brief History
Population
Education
Economy and Industry
Employment
Summary
Chapter Three - Skill and Occupational Demands
Current and Future Needs
Implications for Education and Training
Patterns of Education and Employment
What Do Young Qataris Do After Secondary School?
What Do Secondary School Seniors Aspire to?
Summary and Key Findings
Chapter Four - Qataris Who Do Not Pursue Post-SecondaryEducation
Labor Market Outcomes for Those with Secondary andPost-Secondary Degrees
Backgrounds and Attitudes Toward Work and School ofThose with Secondary and Post-Secondary Degrees
Reasons for Not Pursuing Post-Secondary Schooling
Possible Benefits from Acquiring Certain Skills
Characteristics of Students Planning Not to PursuePost-Secondary Studies
Summary and Key Findings
Chapter Five - Education and Training Provision
What Higher Education Programs Are Being Offered?
Background on Higher Education Investment
Enrollment
Fields of Study and Degrees Offered in Qatar
Scholarship System and Study Abroad
Provision of Post-Secondary Training
Do Offerings Relate to Demand for Skills in SpecificOccupations/Sectors?
How Do Offerings Relate to Demand for Skills?
Do Offered Opportunities Differ by Gender?
Are There Gaps in the Offerings?
Summary and Key Findings
Chapter Six - Options for Providing New EducationalOpportunities
Conceptual Approach
Post-Secondary Investment Options
Conceptual Costs and Benefits
Costs and Benefits of Post-Secondary InvestmentOptions.
Gap: Limited Opportunities for Remedial Course WorkPrior to Admittance for University Study
Gap: Limited Four-Year Degree Choices for High-AchievingStudents in Qatar Beyond Those Offered in Education City
Gap: Lack of Master's Degrees in Career-Related Fields inQatar
Coordination and Planning for Post-Secondary EducationInvestment
Chapter Seven - Recommendations
Recommendation One
Recommendation Two
Recommendation Three
Prioritization
Feasibility Study
Conclusion
Appendix A - Study Approach and Method
Appendix B - Post-Secondary Degrees Offered in Qatar
Appendix C - Training Providers in Qatar
References.
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Contributor:
Eide, Eric R.
Martorell, Francisco.
Other format:
Print version: Stasz, Cathleen Post-Secondary Education in Qatar
ISBN:
9780833045874
9780833041739
OCLC:
437222317