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Towards 2030: Systemic Framework Mapping of Project Findings and Proposed National Roadmap

Temporal Gap Identification System: Current- Future

Temporal gap identification system in Fig. 7.2 illustrates the skills required by Qatar state to move away from hydrocarbon-based economy to innovation and knowledge-based economy. It highlights the engineering talents and traits that, when well understood, will bridge the difference between the current state of knowledge and desired state of knowledge. Temporal gaps were previously highlighted in Chap. 5. Emphasized skills and attributes are those needed for current graduates in Qatar to be equipped with.

Situational Gaps Identification System: AcademiaEngineering Graduate s-Industry

Gap# 1 Industry—Engineering Graduates Gap

Both industrial sector members and engineering graduates revealed 4 major gaps: (1) employability, (2) competencies level of engineering graduates, (3) practical experience, and (4) motivation.

Employability Employability :as a gap has two folds: (1) industrial sector complained about the lack of skilled fresh graduate national workforce capable of providing high-quality work and (2) the non-nationals have some problems in

Temporal gap identification system

Fig. 7.2 Temporal gap identification system

finding suitable work after graduation due to lack of practical experience and competition with experienced overseas recruits.

Competencies level of engineering graduates: There have been two folds identified in skills gaps. First, industry highlighted significant gaps in top workplace competencies such as practical experience, professionalism, communications, and teamwork; second, satisfaction levels were minimal in regard to competencies related to iKBEs talent attributes such as innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership (see Fig. 7.3 for an illustration of the two-folded situational gaps in competency level of engineering graduates).

Practical experience: Practical experience was a major issue identified by industry in terms of gap.

Motivation: Motivation was highlighted by industry as one of the main themes that showed a statistical significance between both males and females in favour of females and non-being highly motivated than those of the nationals; also, other universities’ graduates have higher motivation but not statistically significant than QU graduates.

Industry-engineering graduates situational gap

Fig. 7.3 Industry-engineering graduates situational gap

 
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