Saudi labor market trends towards interdisciplinary programs


Dania Abdulelah Sabbahi and Anhar Abdullah Sindi

The problem of unemployment and the employment of the national workforce is one of the most important issues with social, economic, and political implications in the Kingdom. An important explanation for the unemployment crisis is the problem of inadequate outputs of higher education for the needs of the labor market. Therefore, it is necessary to keep pace between changes and advancement in science and technology with the appropriateness of the employment environment in the university education system. Interdisciplinary courses contribute significantly to the development of thinking, awareness, and knowledge of scientific methods in order to increase the student's cognitive background, skills, and awareness to face the problem of unemployment. Effective investment in human resource development has contributed significantly to meeting the needs of the labor market, as one of the pressing strategic objectives pursued by universities. The research methodology was based on the distribution of a survey questionnaire to stakeholders outside the university, conducting workshops, and central meetings to raise awareness of the concept of multidisciplinary programs and their applications in the labor market. The research aims to describe, analyze, and reflect the gap between the non-alignment of the outputs of university education and the needs of the labor market in light of existing and future academic programs, and the global trend towards expanding interdisciplinary studies and multidisciplinary studies, In addition to developing mechanisms to encourage the development of curricula to cope with the scientific and technological variables, which is the development of scientific research capabilities in different branches of knowledge.


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