40% from ICT Graduates are not in demand by the sector according to The ICT Sector Competencies, Skills, & Needs Assessment Report, Jordan 2012
The ICT Sector Competencies, Skills, & Needs Assessment Report, Jordan 2012 published by The Information and Communications Technology Association of Jordan-int@j has shown results related to private ICT sector companies demand on ICT majors in Universities. From those majors of high demand were Computer Science, Software engineering and Computer Information System, on the other hand Accounting Information Systems, Electronic and Telecom Engineering majors were found to be in low demand.
A number of recommendations were set to be taken into consideration to bridge the gap between universities and private sector such as revising and monitoring number of students registering at Universities in certain majors that are of least demand by private sector companies for employment and increasing students acceptance rates for universities’ admission in any information technology and communications related major, to ensure better quality of graduates.
However my take is that Electronics teaching is important to create an Electronics industry in Jordan even though if it is small. I know companies who work in electronics in Jordan and facing a big challenge to find talent. I was told the recruitment cycle per candidate takes 6 month period.
I agree with the remaining of the report:
“It is worth mentioning that 74% of companies have noticed Lack of required latest technology technical skills, Lack of soft skills, English Language skills and general business knowledge.
The report aims at assessing the current ICT competencies’ needs as well as forecasting future dynamics, in addition to assessing the potential contribution of ICT companies in enhancing relevant educational curricula while promoting collaboration and developing partnerships for co-operation between ICT companies and Academia.
A number of gaps have been identified; growing bigger with the rapid technological development and poor scientific development of Universities, some of the main challenges faced are Lack of ICT human resources at the right quantity and quality according to sector needs, Lack of required latest technology technical skills, Lack of soft skills, English Language skills and general business knowledge.
This report is a biennial study that is the third to be published following to previous two reports issued in the years 2008 and 2010.
The Information and Communications Technology Association of Jordan is an ICT and ICTES industry-support association founded in 2000 with the aim of improving the dynamics of Jordan’s ICT & ICTES markets and developing the Kingdom’s ICT & ICTES related activities, and includes more than 210 local and global companies working in IT, Telecom, and IT enabled services (Outsourcing).”