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Instrument Description

Different questionnaires have been developed to better capture the perspectives of each of the following group of respondents:

  • • Academia: engineering academics and students.
  • • Industry: managers, training department, human resources, and alumni/ practicing engineers.

Surveys included a number of sections related to the objectives of the investigation in this project. Table 6.3 shows details on different sections for each of the investigated groups; further details can be found in Appendix D.

Reliability and Validity of the Survey

Reliability was demonstrated using Cronbach’s alpha in order to determine the internal consistencies of the used satisfaction scales; Cronbach’s alpha values above 0.9 indicate excellent reliability, and in this study, it was found to be 0.965 for

Table 6.3 Survey question domains












Background information

skills of engineering graduates in Qatar

Industry-Academia Collaboration

Undergraduate Engineering Education

Training, Practice, and employment

Comments and further suggestions

students, 0.982 for faculty members, 0.939 for industry, and 0.968 for alumni, indicating high internal consistency.

Validity was also demonstrated through conclusion validity which is described as appropriateness of the conclusions reported based on statistical relationships; thus, within this analysis, conclusion validity was reported through the use of inferential statistics relying on statistical significance of the results at the 5 % threshold.

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