Post-Secondary Education in Qatar Employer Demand, Student Choice, and Options for Policy

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  • Copyright: 2007-09-26
  • Publisher: RAND Corporation
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The government of Qatar has made significant investments in post-secondary education to ensure that Qataris are able to contribute to the country's social and economic goals. The authors describe RAND's analysis of occupational demand and related post-secondary educational opportunities, and offer recommendations for improving the country's current provision of post-secondary education.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. iii
Figurep. ix
Tablesp. xi
Summaryp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Abbreviationsp. xxiii
Introductionp. 1
Data and Methodsp. 4
Study Limitationsp. 5
Monograph Organizationp. 6
Overview of Qatar and the Policy Contextp. 7
Brief Historyp. 7
Populationp. 9
Educationp. 11
Economy and Industryp. 15
Employmentp. 16
Summaryp. 21
Skill and Occupational Demandsp. 23
Current and Future Needsp. 24
Implications for Education and Trainingp. 30
Patterns of Education and Employmentp. 33
What Do Young Qataris Do After Secondary School?p. 33
What Do Secondary School Seniors Aspire to?p. 39
Summary and Key Findingsp. 46
Qataris Who Do Not Pursue Post-Secondary Educationp. 49
Labor Market Outcomes for Those with Secondary and Post-Secondary Degreesp. 50
Backgrounds and Attitudes Toward Work and School of Those with Secondary and Post-Secondary Degreesp. 55
Reasons for Not Pursuing Post-Secondary Schoolingp. 56
Possible Benefits from Acquiring Certain Skillsp. 59
Characteristics of Students Planning Not to Pursue Post-Secondary Studiesp. 60
Summary and Key Findingsp. 63
Education and Training Provisionp. 65
What Higher Education Programs Are Being Offered?p. 66
Background on Higher Education Investmentp. 66
Enrollmentp. 67
Fields of Study and Degrees Offered in Qatarp. 67
Scholarship System and Study Abroadp. 71
Provision of Post-Secondary Trainingp. 76
Do Offerings Relate to Demand for Skills in Specific Occupations/Sectors?p. 81
How Do Offerings Relate to Demand for Skills?p. 82
Do Offered Opportunities Differ by Gender?p. 83
Are There Gaps in the Offerings?p. 85
Summary and Key Findingsp. 86
Options for Providing New Educational Opportunitiesp. 89
Conceptual Approachp. 89
Post-Secondary Investment Optionsp. 89
Conceptual Costs and Benefitsp. 90
Costs and Benefits of Post-Secondary Investment Optionsp. 91
Gap: Limited Opportunities for Remedial Course Work Prior to Admittance for University Studyp. 91
Gap: Limited Four-Year Degree Choices for High-Achieving Students in Qatar Beyond Those Offered in Education Cityp. 94
Gap: Lack of Master's Degrees in Career-Related Fields in Qatarp. 97
Coordination and Planning for Post-Secondary Education Investmentp. 100
Recommendationsp. 103
Recommendation Onep. 103
Recommendation Twop. 104
Recommendation Threep. 104
Prioritizationp. 104
Feasibility Studyp. 105
Conclusionp. 106
Study Approach and Methodsp. 109
Post-Secondary Degrees Offered in Qatarp. 123
Training Providers in Qatarp. 127
Referencesp. 131
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