ICT Ministry and industry in outreach to S. Jordanian universities

Jordan's Minister of ICT and IT industry visit universities in southern Jordan to build co-operation

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ICT Ministry and industry in outreach to S. Jordanian universities The Ministry and IT industry want to build links with universities to ensure graduate skills match workplace requirements.
By  Mark Sutton Published  June 14, 2010

The Jordanian Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and representatives of the IT industry have visited universities in southern Jordan to build co-operation between the IT industry and academia.

His Excellency Minister of ICT, Marwan Juma, was joined by members of the Information and Technology Association in Jordan (Intaj), and Eskadenia Software, along with other companies, to meet academic staff at Al Hussein Bil Talal University in Ma'an and Al Tafila Technical University.

The visit was intended to encourage co-operation, particularly with a view to aligning graduates needs with the industry's human resource requirements. Topics that were discussed included the need to update computer labs at the universities and to introduce more computers to students at an earlier age; provision of internet coverage for universities and local communities, and the need for non-technical skills courses in university curricula.

Doha Abdelkhaleq of Eskadenia Software commented: "This site visit has in deed strengthened our belief in the high quality of the academic and specialised levels of these universities; I was pleased to know that females make up 60% of the graduates of Al Hussein Bil Talal University in Ma'an. The universities have committed to provide us with the names of pioneering students to open for them training and job opportunities in early stages through easy to use communication mechanisms set by the ministry."

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