Higher Education and Labour Market in Iraq: The Case of Engineers

Hamame, Yousif T (1986) Higher Education and Labour Market in Iraq: The Case of Engineers. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This study sets out to investigate first whether the rapid expansion in the higher education system in Iraq, which has taken place over the last decade, is in fact succeeding in satisfying the social demand for higher education and second, whether the graduates are being utilized effectively. Special emphasis is devoted to the utilization of engineers in the Iraqi labour market. After reviewing a wide range of literature, a questionnaire was designed and 125 personal interviews were carried out for the 1980 engineering graduates. The results achieved by means of proportions, correlations, breakdown analysis etc. The study is composed of nine chapters. The first chapter is concerned with the background of the study, its purposes, methodology used, and its limitations. The second chapter offers a general overview of the socio-economic factors of the Iraqi society. Chapter three is concerned with the origins of the Iraqi educational system, with special emphasis on the development of the higher education system. Chapter four examines the demand for higher education in Iraq, and the main reasons for pursuing special fields of study. Chapter five attempts to examine the utilization of university education at work while chapter six examines some factors in the world of work, which might have their influences on the utilization of engineers at work. The quality of the engineering graduates and its possible influences on the utilization of the graduates discussed in chapter seven. Chapter eight deals with the management process and the structure of higher education institutions. Finally, chapter nine presents the general conclusions of the study and the main recommendations suggested by this research. In this sense, the study hopes to provide some guidelines for the future development of higher education in general and engineering education in particular, to meet needs for highly qualified manpower, and to stimulate further research to co-ordinate and encourage closer relationships between Iraqi universities and the institutions of employment, in which the highly qualified manpower needs for the country, can be satisfied and utilized effectively.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Higher education administration, Labor economics
Date of Award: 1986
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1986-76604
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2019 14:04
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 14:04
URI: https://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/76604

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