Expert Opinion: Government Scholarship Plan for Academic Year 2024/2025

The recently announced government scholarship program for the academic year 2024/2025 deserves applause. Continuing the wise approach of supporting students in their pursuit of higher education, both internally and externally, it focuses on specific fields crucial for Qatar’s national development needs. This strategic initiative underscores the government’s commitment to aligning educational opportunities with the evolving needs of our dynamic labor market.

The targeted selection of specialties signals a crucial demand for them and anticipates burgeoning growth in the sectors they represent. This also reflects a thoughtful consideration of the skills and expertise essential for Qatar’s future growth and the achievement of national development goals in our last mile toward QNV 2030. The needs of the labor market always require foresight and a careful examination of all studies and research on the labor market issued by local, regional, and international institutions. For instance, a previous study by the Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) highlighted the likelihood that nearly 65% of current primary school students will hold new jobs that are unknown to the current labor market. This indicator necessitates a proactive anticipation of these unchartered jobs and encouraging our children to pursue educational paths leading to them in the future. This approach is crucial for the State of Qatar to keep pace with the changes in the global economy and maintain its position as one of the most economically stable countries. The World Economic Forum, in its latest reports, echoes this, predicting the decline of some routine jobs, such as administrative office work, while fields like architectural engineering, computer science, and mathematics are poised for significant growth. Therefore, it is imperative for us to stay informed about these data, statistics, projections, and insights and integrate them into our future plans and strategies.

By channeling human resources into sectors that are vital to the nation’s development, such as technology, engineering, education, medicine, and creative economy, the program offers equal opportunities to students regardless of financial situation, and ensures that scholarship recipients are equipped to contribute meaningfully to the workforce upon graduation. Furthermore, the incorporation of higher financial incentives for specific fields serves as a powerful incentive for students to pursue disciplines that are not only personally fulfilling but also align with the broader goals of national progress.

At QCDC, we work tirelessly towards identifying future trends in the labor market and development needs. Thus, we have long championed the philosophy of balancing individual aspirations with the needs of national development, and that with proper career development interventions and guidance, these aspirations do not have to be contradictory, but complement each other. We believe in guiding students to make informed choices that not only cater to their immediate interests but also position them to adapt to, and benefit from, future changes in the labor market, and as contributors to Qatar’s future success.

Our center stands ready to assist students in navigating these choices, offering insights into emerging trends and helping them consider not only what is available today but what will be in demand in the future. Through collaborative efforts with educational institutions and industry partners, we aim to empower the next generation of leaders to drive Qatar’s progress across various sectors.

Mr. Abdulla Al-Mansoori
Director, QCDC