Contributed Paper C193
Statistics capacity building and alignment of learning outcomes with business sector needs in the GCC Countries
AuthorsIbrahim Alfaki (Associate Professor, College of Business & Economics, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE, United Arab Emirates)
Rafiq Hijazi (Assistant Professor, College of Business, Al Ain University of Technology, Al Ain, UAE, United Arab Emirates)
PresenterIbrahim Alfaki (United Arab Emirates)
In quest of a common market, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are in need to monitor economic convergence and monetary policies. This requires a common methodology for collecting, processing, and disseminating data. National statistical agencies staffed mainly by statistics graduates of local colleges play an overarching role in this process. Hence, educators of statistics share responsibilities for provision of training, capacity building, and creation of national experience in statistical work. This paper assesses alignment of learning outcomes of teaching statistics in GCC countries with the business sector needs, in particular supporting the endeavor towards economic integration. The study surveys programs of statistics with regard to curriculum intend to equip statistics graduates with knowledge and skills needed to solve business problems and monitor economic convergence.