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This chapter provides empirical analysis on engineering talent competency needs in Qatar as a case study. Targeted stakeholders (industry, academia, and students) were asked to evaluate a set of 22 engineering skills on three main levels: importance currently, in the future, and satisfaction. Communications, teamwork, management, and practical experience were indeed on the very top competency industry required in engineering graduates although of being the least satisfied in engineering graduates as reported by both qualitative and quantitative methodological analysis. Skills situational gaps and hypothesis testing proved that students have higher own satisfaction with several competencies although of being unsatisfactory with both of industry and of academia. Skills temporal gaps have shown higher tendency to value the importance of skills and competencies to Qatar's future. Respondent from all stakeholders expected changes in the demand of competencies set of engineering graduates in Qatar in the future for both 2022 and 2030 horizons. Furthermore, stakeholders’ perspectives on industry-academia collaboration have been provided in detail. Finally, findings of the empirical investigation were mapped into the systematic framework developed earlier in the methodology chapter.
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