'Labour market mismatch' to be focus of GRC forum

DUBAI - The Gulf region is facing great challenges in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities that prompt action to develop this field of knowledge, according to Aburrahman bin Ahmed Sayegh, professor of pedagogical planning at King Saud University.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sat 28 Feb 2004, 11:44 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:14 AM

Speaking about the first annual forum on 'Social Sciences and Humanities in the Gulf', which will be held at Dubai World Trade Centre on March 9 to 10, Mr Sayegh said it constitutes a good opportunity to open a debate among intellectuals from all the academic and cultural institutions in the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council (AGCC) countries in order to arrive at a common view and a clear perspective on the future of higher education in the region.

Held under the patronage of General Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, the forum is being organised by the Gulf Research Centre (GRC) in co-operation with the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf Centres.

AGCC Secretary-General Abdurrahman bin Hamad Al Atyia will attend the opening ceremony and a large number of academics and specialists in the domain of higher education are expected to take part in the event.

Mr Sayegh, who will present a paper on higher education graduates and the labour market requirements in the AGCC states, added that he will outline the major problems associated with matching the two issues through an observation of the indicators and analysis of the current and future conditions of these subjects.

The Saudi academic said his paper would draw conclusions on the main strategic goals and suggest some future policies and programmes capable of rectifying the relationship between the two issues and yield positive results in order to provide the labour market with qualified and competent national cadres.

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