Sixth International Forum on Engineering Education

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Research Title: 
The Future of Engineering Education in Palestine
Samir H.Helou
Riyad Abdel-Karim
The Future of Engineering Education in Palestine561.19 KB
Research Abstract: 

Engineering education in Palestinian Universities enjoys a pivotal role in fulfilling the demand for skilled personnel who are cornerstones in the present state building endeavour. Palestinian Universities burgeoned fast with whatever adversities that accompany uncontrolled growth. Tertiary education under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Higher Education follows a 12- year of schooling programs. Higher education is hitherto limited to undergraduate studies albeit some select programs extend into advanced degrees. Research activities after graduation are minimal due to the absence of a national research focus. Expertise of international standards is obligatory. Producing resilient and intellectually mature human capital is the goal. Engineers being a politically influential group are slanted to face the challenges of globalization. They shoulder the onus of contributing decisively towards the socio-economic development of the emerging state. However, the lack of parity between market demand and engineering graduates creates yet another problem of an abhorring dimension. The repercussions of such phenomenon should be dealt with effectively.