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Change in Skills in 2022 and 2030

Stakeholders Quantitative Perspectives

Stakeholders were asked whether they think that competencies and skills demanded by Qatar industry would change from now till 2022 and from 2022 till 2030. Most respondents replied with “yes” for changes on both time points asked. Overall, the percentage of “yes” was higher for all asked groups for the change long-term point (from 2022 till 2030). Details of groups’ answers are shown in Table 7.17.

Stakeholders Qualitative Perspectives

Stakeholders were asked to provide their perspectives on emergences in the engineering profession and competencies needed in Qatar in the future, in particular for the 2022 and 2030 horizons. Stakeholders provided multiple insights on what would potentially be emerging in the future. In sketching the future, stakeholders’ main points were as follows:

  • • Qatar’s economy is shifting into a knowledge-based one; the engineering profession and needs in Qatar will be also more innovation and knowledge based;
  • • Qatar will be producing their own products and increasing their own innovations over the next 5-15 years;

Table 7.17 Percentage of skills change by 2022 and 2030

Group under study

2022/Yes

2030/Yes

Students

  • 79.7 %
  • (N = 208)
  • 85.2 %
  • (N = 219)

Faculty

63.4 % (N = 26)

82.5 % (N = 33)

Industry

62.7 % (N = 43)

76.8 % (N = 43)

  • • Industry expects higher demands of engineers in the future, and average increase in hiring might be around 15 % a year over the next few years;
  • • Industry also expects more diverse engineering disciplines to be needed as the country emerges into a iKBE, and more non-traditional disciplines would be needed;
  • • Industry expected higher demand on recruiting national engineers over the next few years;
  • • Industry expects higher levels of competencies in leadership and management of next-generation graduate national engineers to cope with high pace of development and transformation;
  • • There will be need for higher levels of competencies for engineers in the future due to the higher level (in both quantity and quality) of upcoming engineering projects and tasks on ground to be performed by next-generation engineers;
  • • The transfer into iKBE in the light of QNV2030 implies transformations in the structure and landscape of technology and engineering industry in Qatar, which in turn may imply changes in needs of skills set. In particular, the following skills were reported to be more demanded by various stakeholders: ICT skills, management, leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, problem-solving, research, practical skills, communications, teamwork, and decision-making.
 
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