No. 15

Education and the Requirements of the GCC Labor Market

  • 1 - 3 February 2010

The majority of GCC countries are facing the problem of conforming their education output to the requirements of the labor market. Such problems have led to the failure of labor market nationalization policies and a rise in the percentage of unemployed nationals, as well as an increasing demographic imbalance in the Gulf labor market.

In recognition by the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) of the importance of this issue at local and regional levels, and the need to address the challenges surrounding this phenomenon, the ECSSR will organize its 15th Annual Conference under the title:

Education and the Requirements
of the GCC Labor Market

The conference will be held under the patronage of H.H General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President of the ECSSR, on 1 -3 February 2010. The conference will consist of six sessions and up to 18 presentations covering the conference topics, which includes:

  • Education Output: Current Predicament
  • Education that Meets Labor Market Requirements: A Road Map
  • Labor Market in the Gulf Region: Costs and Returns
  • Challenges Facing the GCC Labor Market
  • Globalization, Education and the Labor Market
  • Adapting Education to the Labor Market Requirements

We hope that the papers presented at the conference and the subsequent discussions will contribute positively to  resolving this vital issue. It is also hoped that the conference will act as a meeting place for scholars and decision-makers and help lead to a consensus on practical solutions to this problem facing the GCC countires