The Future of Engineering Education in Palestine

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Journal Title, Volume, Page: 
Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences Volume 102, Pages 482–489
Year of Publication: 
Riyad Abdel-Karim
An-Najah National University, P.O. Box 7, Nablus Palestine
Current Affiliation: 
Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, An-Najah National University, Nablus. Palestine
Samir H. Helou
An-Najah National University, P.O. Box 7, Nablus Palestine
Preferred Abstract (Original): 

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.

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