The Community College of Qatar (CCQ) hosted today the first meeting of the Advisory Board for the Engineering Technology Programs.
The meeting was attended by Brigadier General Hamad Salmeen Al-Jabri, from the Ministry of Defense; Eng. Abdulaziz Ahmad Al-Mahmoud, Director of Production Planning and Water Resources at the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation "Kahramaa"; Eng. Abdulrahman Al-Zahed, Maintenance Manager at Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO); Mr. Abdulla Al-Mannai, Director of the Meteorology Department at the Civil Aviation Authority; and Ms. Abeer Faleh Al-Hajri, Director of Information Systems Department at the Public Works Authority “Ashghal”.
The meeting started with a speech by Dr. Mariam Al-Hammadi, Vice President of CCQ, in which she welcomed the Board members and explained the important role of advisory boards in developing the academic programs and curricula offered by the College and evaluating the compatibility of learning outcomes for academic programs with employment needs in the labor market. On her part, Dr. Khawla Al-Zoubi, Head of the Technology Engineering Department at CCQ, gave a detailed presentation on the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology and the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology programs, including the study plans and statistical data on the number of students, graduates, and faculty members.
For his part, Dr. Ahmad Al-Omari, Dean of the Science and Technology Division at CCQ, indicated that the engineering technology programs aim to provide graduates with knowledge and skills, according to international standards, to join engineering jobs of a technological nature to meet the needs of the state or to pursue graduate studies. He also added that these programs include many specialized courses that give students practical skills in the field of specialization to enable them later to meet the national needs in this field.
The meeting discussed a set of topics, including the mechanism for evaluating the employment needs in the Qatari labor market for engineering technology professionals, as well as some suggested recommendations for developing the skills necessary for graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology programs to engage in the labor market.
It is worth mentioning that the office of the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs supervises the formation of advisory boards and the selection of members with expertise from different sectors in the labor market and distinguished graduates of the College. At the first meeting, members choose the chair of the Board and his deputy.