Abu Dhabi’s education authorities affirm the need to overcome an existing gap between the output of the emirate’s education system and the needs of the labor market. The Abu Dhabi Executive Council is taking concrete steps to innovate the learning experience and deploy competent educators. To supplement these ongoing efforts, ALHOSN University has begun a series of ‘Open Day’ visits to high schools across Abu Dhabi to enlighten students on the best career choices and current labor market demands. The university has already toured 15 schools so far, with plans to visit five more institutions.
In each visit, university representatives outlined career paths for in-demand fields such as Engineering, Architecture, Education and Business Administration, all of which are covered by ALHOSN’s academic programs developed primarily by North American educators. They noted the employment benefits of enrolling in the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) course which was launched just last year. Students were also encouraged to avail of scholarships of as much as 90 per cent and above as well as various internal training, internship, recruiting, sponsorship and assistantship programs.
To assure prospective students of its high academic standards, ALHOSN also highlighted its recent achievement as the first private university in Abu Dhabi to receive accreditation from the US-based Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) for its Bachelor of Science degree programs in Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Software Engineering. ALHOSN is currently the only university in the UAE that is ABET-accredited for its Industrial and Software Engineering programs.
“Effective and timely education is a pillar under Abu Dhabi’s ambitious Vision 2030 development blueprint. Local authorities are currently focused on ensuring that the right learning output is achieved to meet current labor market needs. We are helping the cause by visiting high school students across the emirate and emphasizing the importance of choosing courses that fit their professional and even personal goals with current job market requirements in mind. The response has been very positive and we look forward to seeing many of the students we have interacted joining our community and benefitting from our philosophy of ‘global knowledge with local vision’,” said Prof. Raymond Tennant, Provost and Acting Vice Chancellor, ALHOSN University.