Post-Secondary Education in Qatar

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

Cathleen Stasz
Eric R. Eide
Francisco Martorell
Louay Constant
Charles A. Goldman
Joy S. Moini
Vazha Nadareishvili
Hanine Salem
Copyright Date: 2007
Edition: 1
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 158
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7249/mg644qatar
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    Post-Secondary Education in Qatar
    Book Description:

    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.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-4587-4
    Subjects: Education, Management & Organizational Behavior

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-viii)
  4. Figure
    (pp. ix-x)
  5. Tables
    (pp. xi-xii)
  6. Summary
    (pp. xiii-xx)
  7. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xxi-xxii)
  8. Abbreviations
    (pp. xxiii-xxiv)
  9. CHAPTER ONE Introduction
    (pp. 1-6)

    The Arabian Gulf nation of Qatar is one of the smallest of the Gulf States, but its significant oil and natural gas reserves make it one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Qatar’s progressive leadership is aiming to diversify the country’s economy, with an emphasis on creating a dynamic private sector and increasing employment opportunities for Qataris. The leadership is also promoting social and political reforms to expand the role of Qatari women in society and, through a new constitution, move the country toward democratic institutions. Like the leaders of many other nations, Qatar’s leaders recognize that education is...

  10. CHAPTER TWO Overview of Qatar and the Policy Context
    (pp. 7-22)

    The Arabian Gulf nation of Qatar is only 11,427 square kilometers in area (similar in size to the U.S. state of Connecticut), but its significant oil and natural gas reserves and its strategic location and progressive leadership give it a unique status in today’s world.

    This chapter provides relevant background information on Qatar’s population, education system, economy and industry, and labor force to provide context for our study. In doing so, it touches on the broad policy context, especially as it affects education and employment.

    Qatar is a relatively new country, having made the shift from tribal community to modern...

  11. CHAPTER THREE Skill and Occupational Demands
    (pp. 23-48)

    Qatar’s economic development and social development together present many opportunities for Qataris to assume important roles in society. Because of the relatively small number of Qataris—the indigenous population is estimated to be about one-fourth of the state’s 850,000 residents—it is especially important to identify the career fields and skills that are in demand now and will be in demand in the future. We considered the needs of employers, the preferences of young people, and independent research on Qatar’s future economic and social development in order to identify skills, career fields, and occupational levels likely to be in highest...

  12. CHAPTER FOUR Qataris Who Do Not Pursue Post-Secondary Education
    (pp. 49-64)

    Young people who do not seek post-secondary education are of particular interest to policymakers in many nations, but this issue is especially important in Qatar for several reasons. First, as outlined in Chapter Three, occupational demand favors individuals who have a post-secondary education supplemented by more-specific job training. Second, census data and the survey results from our study point to a gender disparity in education—men are much less likely than women to pursue higher education—and this disparity appears to be increasing. Third, Qatari men currently have ample opportunities for employment in the government sector, even with only a...

  13. CHAPTER FIVE Education and Training Provision
    (pp. 65-88)

    Previous chapters explored the occupations and skills considered vital to the growth and development of Qatar’s economy and society, as well as the education and training needed to secure employment in these occupations. This section examines the extent to which the requisite education and training are available to Qataris, and whether further investment in education and training is required.

    We begin by describing the current post-secondary education environment, including the institutions operating in Qatar and the accompanying degrees and fields of study. We then discuss the program for study abroad and the scholarship system, two important elements of students’ access...

  14. CHAPTER SIX Options for Providing New Educational Opportunities
    (pp. 89-102)

    In the last chapter, we identified three notable gaps in Qatar’s available post-secondary educational opportunities that may require further investment, and we discussed the types of individuals who could benefit from the different types of expanded educational services. In this chapter, we first discuss our approach to arriving at the conceptual costs and benefits associated with each of the options for post-secondary investment. We then present the options for addressing the gaps and delineate the specific costs and benefits associated with each one. Our intent is to provide decisionmakers with guidance on how to prioritize possible investment in the three...

  15. CHAPTER SEVEN Recommendations
    (pp. 103-108)

    Throughout this report, we have highlighted our key findings for each research question addressed by the study. In this chapter, we summarize our recommendations, including items for further consideration, based on those key findings.

    We recommend that the three gaps we identified in Qatar’s current post-secondary education offerings be considered as areas for future investment, as follows:

    To address the gap resulting from the limited opportunities for remedial course work prior to admittance for university study, consider the option of establishing a government-sponsored community college.Addressing this gap will benefit students not ready for college and adults.

    To address the...

  16. APPENDIX A Study Approach and Methods
    (pp. 109-122)
  17. APPENDIX B Post-Secondary Degrees Offered in Qatar
    (pp. 123-126)
  18. APPENDIX C Training Providers in Qatar
    (pp. 127-130)
  19. References
    (pp. 131-134)