There have been certain competencies that have been highly stressed by two or three of the stakeholders groups, which are as follows (see also Fig. 7.1):
• Teamwork, ethics, and problem-solving have appeared in all groups in both quantitative approaches;
• Communication, lifelong learning, professionalism, decision-making, leadership, and critical thinking have appeared in all groups in either quantitative approach.
Fig. 7.1 Most important skills for the engineering workplace currently in Qatar, and commonalities and differences among stakeholders groups: (industry, students, and faculty)
Differences Among Groups
A number of differentiating observations have been noticed among different groups,
which are as follows (see also Fig. 7.1):
• It is worth mentioning that “practical experience” never appeared among top important competencies that faculty reported in either of both quantitative approaches, while “practical experience” appeared in both industry and students, and in both quantitative approaches. This could be related to the fact that the majority of faculty members are academically and theoretically oriented and have had scarce practice in industry during their career paths.
• Also, industry emphasizes significantly the importance of disciplinary knowledge which appeared only once by either faculty in both quantitative approaches and never appeared by students.
• Both industry and students emphasized the leadership skills’ importance being reported once by either of the quantitative approaches, but on the other hand, only faculty members emphasized the importance of ICT and innovation skills which also appeared once by either of the quantitative approaches.
• It is worth mentioning that important competencies for iKBE ready engineers such as innovation, creativity, and design never appeared among top interests currently for the industry sector stakeholders. This could be attributed to the fact that the majority of engineering functions in Qatar at this stage are not much related to iKBE.
• Both faculty and students emphasized the importance of “design”, in both quantitative approaches for faculty and once by either of the qualitative approaches by the students; other iKBE competencies such as creativity, innovation (appeared only once by faculty), entrepreneurship, and even management skills (appeared only once by students) have never appeared or barely appeared in the top competencies of industry in both quantitative approaches.