Launch of the first comprehensive guide to university majors in Qatar
The Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), has launched the Majors Guide, which is the first comprehensive and detailed guide for all majors in the universities and higher education institutions in Qatar. , through which they complement the local labor market.
QCDC director Abdullah al-Mansoori said in an interview with Qatar News Agency (QNA) that the guide provides a perfect reference for young people, their professional tutors and advisers, as well as academics and specialists. in the field of scholarships and development in several agencies to fully familiarize themselves with the map of higher education in the country.
Director of QCDC Abdullah al-Mansoori
He said the launch of the guide coincides with the vision of the QF, which emphasizes improving and unleashing human capabilities by focusing on providing quality education and diversifying aspects of education. investment in human capital with the aim of achieving sustainability in the full commitment of the center to help young generations succeed in their careers through the various streams or training phases available in Qatar.
He said that the guide provides young people with information and advice that mainly helps them in their future plans to make well-formulated academic and professional decisions based on reliable sources with the aim of selecting career paths that essentially correspond to their abilities and aspirations, and contribute to preparing human capital that meets the requirements of the Qatar National Vision 2030, including development and sustainability plans for the Qatari economy.
He noted that the guide has been launched in Arabic and English and offers ample and detailed information on all sectors that enrich the Qatari labor market that can be further taken into account in universities and institutes in Qatar. It has 14 major specialties, including engineering, medicine, energy, information technology, sustainability and the environment.
The guide also provides students with a clear picture of the education map in Qatar, in addition to contact details for university and college admission offices and their official websites.
Al-Mansoori added that the guide provides detailed information on sectors of study and employment in Qatar with a table that includes the different specializations that fall under each major, and are available at universities and educational institutions. higher accredited in the country.
Most importantly, the guide includes a set of advice and guidance for young people on how to make decisions related to choosing their academic and professional paths, all in six sections: criteria for choosing a university major, work sectors, specializations and professions related to each sector, government scholarship program, an index of specializations and universities and contact information with universities and colleges in Qatar, he explained, noting that the guide provides details of the specializations available to study in 14 major specializations, which include Engineering, Medicine, Science, Law and Public Policy, International Relations and Media, Literature, Social and Humanitarian Sciences, Shariah and Islamic Studies, Tourism and hospitality, museums and event management and art and design disciplines.
Specializations also include educational disciplines, management, economics, financial and banking sciences, aviation sciences, military disciplines, energy, sustainability and environmental disciplines, a- he added, noting that this guide shortens the trouble of searching through scattered sites and books, and makes it easier to get information and compare all the majors under one guide.
He said the guide is available for purchase for a nominal fee through the Education City online store, adding that the center will provide around 10,000 copies of this first version.
He affirmed that the launch of this guide is an essential step in unifying efforts related to career guidance and counselling, as information on available academic specializations may be available from different sources, adding that, for the first times, these academic majors will be linked to the labor market and professional sectors, which helps in making rational and thorough decisions for the future of students.
He expressed hope that the guide will help bridge the gap between available university majors and labor market aspirations, especially as it aligns with the recommendations of the National Vocational Guidance and Counseling document. in Qatar.
Al-Mansoori explained that the National Vocational Guidance and Counseling Document in Qatar depends on the most crucial global standards, adding that it is also a map and framework that helps unify national efforts. in the area of vocational guidance and counselling.
He indicated that the document is the result of hard work over more than 14 years, and was prepared after conducting multiple field studies and specialized research, in addition to numerous discussions and meetings between experts specialized in this field and partners. vocational guidance in the country.
Al-Mansoori stressed the need to create an agency or entity that consolidates all efforts and programs in the field of vocational guidance and counselling, provided that it is based on international bases and standards and achieves the national job security to meet the aspirations of young people. and support them in every way, to become effective citizens in line with Qatar’s National Vision 2030 and the country’s human development strategies.
He noted that despite all efforts to bridge the gap between higher education production and the labor market, there remains an urgent need to unify efforts and initiatives within a national entity. to strengthen the role of career guidance and achieve targeted results. effectively and efficiently, provided that this entity is based on international bases and standards that ensure national professional security and is responsible for bringing together all the efforts made in the field of vocational guidance and counseling in the country under the aegis of a system.
Further cooperation and partnerships are needed to achieve this goal, the QCDC director added, stressing the urgent need to create an entity responsible for responding to the aspirations of citizens – especially young people – as well as harnessing their energies and their potential and fully support them, in order to encourage them to become effective individuals, capable of meeting the country’s needs while achieving them effectively.
Al-Mansoori expressed hope that this entity will help establish standard policies, strategies and frameworks for professional development in line with future labor market needs and aspirations.
He indicated that the establishment of such a unified system would bridge the gap, as it would help young people to make informed academic and professional decisions at all levels of study and career.
Each step requires its own guidelines and standards, he said, adding that now is the time for all to unite their efforts in the national interest.
He encouraged to draw inspiration from global experiences and scientific and practical foundations in line with the context and ambition of Qatar, in particular that – with all its components, Qatar deserves to have this integrated career guidance system, emphasizing the speeches of the wise leadership of the state in this respect time and time again.
Regarding the challenges in the field of career guidance and counseling in Qatar, al-Mansoori warned of the lack of sufficient awareness of this field in the Arab region in general, as well as the lack of awareness the true role of the career counsellor, whose role in most educational institutions is limited to assisting with admissions procedures and other administrative tasks. The role should be to help students choose the specialization that suits them in light of the aspirations and plans of the country, in addition to enabling them to benefit from and invest in existing opportunities and to improve their professional preparation for various career paths, he pointed out.
He added that the establishment of a National Vocational Guidance and Counseling entity in Qatar will help to overcome most of these challenges, as the entity will be able to implement strategic plans, shape the future and measuring the impact of available programs, as well as ensuring the progress of plans in accordance with national strategies, monitoring their implementation and collecting information from various sectors to improve their progress if necessary.
The QCDC director encouraged students – with the help of their tutors – to choose their major and academic specialty based on accurate information rather than wishful thinking.
In many cases, students from Qatar are sent abroad to major in majors available in the country, due to lack of knowledge of their availability in Qatar, he pointed out.
The guide was created based on studies that demonstrated the urgent need to provide detailed information on majors available to students in Qatar, he said, adding that sooner information on specializations is available. for students and their tutors, the more aware they are of the requirements. for future majors before they graduate from high school.
This gives them the opportunity to advance qualitative planning, and opens their horizons towards the various professional specializations available instead of limiting their ambitions to repetitive specializations which have no professional future within the needs and plans of Qatari economy, he added.