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DirtGuy



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:16 am    Post subject: A new survey. Reply with quote

Came across this from Bayt.com.

February 07, 2012

However, 61.9% of companies prefer to hire an applicant with a traditional degree, according to Bayt.com poll

The poll “Online Education and the Job Market in the Middle East” conducted by Bayt.com, the Middle East’s number one job site, revealed that although more people support online education today than five years ago, companies still prefer to hire graduates with traditional degrees.

Most respondents state that they support online education while only 14.8% are against it. The majority (69.9%) agree that online education is viewed in a more positive light today than it was five years ago, and 44.6% of respondents claim to have pursued an online certification. From those who have never enrolled in an online program, 39.3% state that they would be interested in a post-graduate program, and 23.4% would be interested in an undergraduate program. Only 17.4% would prefer a traditional education, while the remainder would be interested depending on the subject to be studied. Credibility of online degrees/courses, however, still remains an issue, according to 58.9% of respondents.

The poll results show that a mix of online and traditional classroom studies is the best type of education, according to 66.7% of respondents, with 82.2% believing that face-to-face schooling is the easier option.

Students who opt for the online route are seen by others to be more goal-orientated (12.2%); more organised (11.8%); more independent (11.1%); better at time management (10.9%); flexible by nature (5.9%); more motivated (5.1%) and more committed (3.7%). While 18.8% believe that those seeking online studies have all of the afore-mentioned traits, 20.4% believe that they have none of them.

“The world of online education is still clearly contested. However, it seems that opinions are gradually swaying towards the positive,” said Suhail Masri, VP of Sales at Bayt.com. “While it seems that people still worry about the credibility of online study programs, the overriding benefits and convenience of distance learning mean that online education is receiving wider acceptance across the region.”

More than half of respondents (54.9%) say that their company will hire applicants with an online degree, though 61.9% will still prefer a new recruit with traditional qualifications. Of those who do get hired after partaking in an online education course, 43.7% join at entry-level, 41.5% at mid-career level, and 14.7% are hired for senior level positions.

Data for the Bayt.com “Online Education and the Job Market in the Middle East” poll was collected online from December 30, 2011 to January 30, 2012, with the participation of 9,677 respondents from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, KSA and the UAE.

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mesquite



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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Arab Universities in world league table 5, September 2011
Posted by thegulfblog.com in Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia.
Tags: King Saud university league table, middle east universities, middle east universities league tables, Qatar university league tables, world university league tables
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I don’t really pay that much attention to University league tables. Well, I do, but I don’t think that they’re infallible by any means and we can all point to absurd examples of where tables chronically lie. But this list is somewhat sobering. Room for improvement, as they say.

Universities in the top 600 list

200 – King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
221 – King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia
300- American University of Beirut, Lebanon
338 – United Arab Emirates University, UAE
370 – King Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia
377 – Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
488 – King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia
514 – University of Tehran, Iran
526 – Umm Al Qura University, Saudi Arabia
529 – King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia
533 – Qatar University, Qatar
534 – Cairo University, Egypt
551 – American University in Cairo, Egypt

And unless Kuwait University has simply been missed off by accident in the Gulf News article of the report, it is a chronic indictment of scandalous proportions that it is not in the top 550 overall.
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