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Posted On: 20 May 2013 03:49 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:12 pm

Labour market needs 151,000 Qatari graduates

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Qatar’s labour market will need 151,000 Qatari graduates over the next 10 years. However, Qatar University will be able to meet only nine percent of the national requirement, given the current number of students graduating every year, reveals a study conducted by an expert at the Supreme Education Council (SEC). Dr Abdul Aziz Al Saadi from the Policy Analysis and Research section at SEC conducted the study based on information gathered from 170 government and private sector companies, Al Sharq reported yesterday. Annually, the country will need 331 Qatari graduates holding a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computing, but Qatar University is graduating only 58 students every year. The number of Qatari graduates required annually in fields related to social science, finance, education, law and in the services sector has been put at 2,335, but QU graduates can fulfil only 4.2 percent of the total requirement, according to the study. Qatar University graduated a total of 5,469 students holding a bachelor’s degree between 2005 and 2012, while the country needed 151,069 graduates over this period. The Qatari labour market has a workforce of 1.27 million, of whom 74,680 (6.2 percent) are Qataris, according to figures given in the study. The number of illiterates in Qatar has been put at 41,637, of whom 384 (0.5 percent) are Qataris. There are 331,020 people with basic literacy (who can read and write), and of them 1,807 are Qataris (2.41 percent). Those who hold a secondary school degree number 241,660, and of them 26,854 are Qataris. The number of workers holding a bachelor’s degree has been put at 177,881, including 26,812 Qataris. Those who hold a master’s degree number 11,524, of whom 1,125 are Qataris. A total of 3,318 workers hold a doctoral degree, including 578 Qataris, the study says.