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Ministry of Communications conducts workshop on ‘Matching university education outputs with labor market needs’

29 Apr 2018
Ministry of Communications conducts workshop on ‘Matching university education outputs with labor market needs’
Ministry of Communications conducts workshop on ‘Matching university education outputs with labor market needs’
Ministry of Communications conducts workshop on ‘Matching university education outputs with labor market needs’
Ministry of Communications conducts workshop on ‘Matching university education outputs with labor market needs’

Under the patronage of His Excellency Eng. Abdullah Al-Swaha, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, and in partnership with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) held recently a workshop entitled ‘Matching university education outputs with labor market needs and localization challenges in the ICT sector’. It was held as part of the ministry's objectives for cooperation and consolidation of efforts in the field of human capital development in the ICT sector.

Participants included deputy rectors of public and private universities for educational and academic affairs, deans of computer and engineering colleges, senior officials from the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Civil Service and leaders of a number of ICT companies. The workshop discussed ways of cooperation between the education and employment sectors as well as proposed solutions in line with the rapid development in the sector.

This workshop came within the the ministry’s 2020 action plan and objectives focusing on the development of human capital’s capacities and increasing employment opportunities in the ICT sector by creating 20,000 jobs and training 20,000 youths on ICTs by 2020, since the Ministries of Labor and Education are the main partners in the development of human capital capacities and increasing ratios of localization in the sector.

The workshop featured over 150 participants representing 34 public and private universities and 45 ICT companies, who discussed means of cooperation to match university education outputs with the actual needs of the labor market. They also discussed mechanisms for developing university curricula to meet the requirements of future ICT careers in areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, data analysis, and information security, training and qualification of graduates according to the requirements of the labor market.

Moreover, the participants touched on the opportunities of enabling women for employment in the sector and reviewed the experiences of business models for women centers in outsourcing IT services, and discussed initiatives to promote the culture of entrepreneurship, innovation and development at universities and its importance. Then, they reviewed the findings, recommendations and subsequent actions of the workshop.

Ministry of ICT Minister of ICT Vision 2030 National Transformation Program 2020

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