The higher education sector in the Sultanate of Oman has witnessed a steady growth in the number of students enrolled in higher education institutions (HEIs) and a diversity of study programs. Since the commencement of these institutions, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation has been keen to achieve not only a quantitative development, but also a qualitative one, to ensure the quality of higher education system through activating the process of evaluation, oversight and control. Thus, the Sultanate of Oman's higher education systems keep pace with international standards and result in competitive outputs in different work sectors locally, regionally and internationally.
Graduate surveys are, further, one of the most important tools used to evaluate higher education outcomes. They are implemented by our Ministry in cooperation with HEIs. They are designed to evaluate the graduates of such institutions in terms of knowledge, skills and competencies that qualify them for labor market. It is also aimed at recognizing the compatibility of higher education programs to different work sectors, providing feedback to develop and upgrade HEIs. The data and indicators provided by this survey is also serving policymakers, decision makers, those involved in the higher education sector, employers, students expected to enroll in HEIs, career guidance centers and parents.
We are pleased to invite our graduates all to contribute to the success of this important project by participating in the e-survey questionnaire to ensure the credibility and accuracy of the survey results and achieve its objectives.
Her Excellency Dr. Rahma Bint Ibrahim Al Mahrouqi
Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation
Graduate Survey Department
This department was established to primarily conduct tracer studies and produce reports on labor market needs of human resources divided by skills set, specializations and qualification. The aim was providing information that can assist planners and decision makers to better match labor market needs with higher education institutions graduates.
The Department is also a unit that lends its expertise to the other departments in the ministry when it comes to conducting surveys or build KPI systems. It helps with data analysis and reports reviews when needed
Graduate survey is a follow up process conducted by the Ministry of Higher Education to obtain systematic and reliable data on graduate employment, knowledge, skills and competencies required by the labor market.
The importance of Graduate Survey crystallizes in the comprehensiveness and nature of the data it provides, as well as, the fact that it is an annual national survey that invites graduates of all public and private Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the Sultanate of Oman. It also invites Omani graduates of international universities.
The survey invites graduates of a specific calendar year (s) who studied in local HEIs and graduates of international universities, and it invites graduates holders of different levels of qualifications (i.e. Diplomas, Bachelors, Masters, PhD).
- Providing information about the employability of graduates in terms of duration, specialization, salary, and methods of employment …etc.
- Evaluating the compatibility between knowledge, skills, and competences attained in HEI and those required by their workplace.
- Providing feedback to HEIs in term of improving academic programs, employability of their graduates, competencies required in the labor market and overall understanding of the transition period between study and work.
- Providing guidelines to graduates/students/parents on the employability of graduates according to their fields of study and approximate range of salaries.
The data yielded by Graduate Surveys is of great importance to a broad spectrum of stakeholders; the followings represent some of those stakeholders:
- Graduates: It provides them with information on the employability of graduates, best methods to get a job, required skills/competencies in the labor market.
- Prospective Students/Parents: It provides them with information on fields of study and qualifications required by the labor market, and approximate length of the transition period and range of salaries for each field and/or qualification.
- Higher Education Institutions: It provides them with feedback on the employability of their graduates, evaluation of the running programs and required skills in labor market.
- Policy-makers: It provides indicators that may assist in strategically planning and enhancing higher education to meet labor market needs.
- Employers: It provides indicators of the number of graduates, job seekers, level of competences attained and required training to plan their recruitment strategy.
Graduate Survey Focus
The focus of Graduate Survey is threefold:
- Higher Education: this section requests graduates’ views on the quality of teaching and learning at HEIs.
- Transition Period from Study to Work: this section identifies implemented techniques to seek employment including methods of job search; length of the transition period; mobility between temporary positions.
- Employment and work: this section covers a wide range of topics related to various aspects of employment and work to assess the compatibility between the skills/competencies obtained in higher education and those required in workplace.
Employer Survey is a period process of monitoring and identifying labor market needs of graduates. It surveys employers’ evaluations of graduates’ skills and performance in workplace. It provides feedback to Higher Education Institutions on graduate Employability, skills they lack and type of training they undergo after being employed.
What are the Objectives of Employers Survey?
- Providing indicators of the private sector needs of the graduate in terms of their qualifications and specializations and skills.
- Understanding the methods used in recruiting and selecting graduates.
- Finding out the capabilities and skills that employers focus on when hiring graduates.
- Pinpointing the main skills that graduates lack to perform well in the labor market as evaluated by the employers.
- Identifying the difficulties employers face in searching for suitable graduates as future recruits in terms of their qualifications/specializations/skills.
What type of information Employer Survey request?
This survey seeks to get the following data:
- General Information: about the institution (Classification, nature of activity, number of employees).
- Graduate Recruitment: includes questions on the recruitment plans (number/specializations of requited graduates, starting salary, skills that graduates should have).
- Graduate Recruitment Practices: procedures followed to announce vacancies and look for graduates, criteria used to select future recruits).
- Graduate Retention includes the causes that lead to job-retention.
Who are the targeted employer?
The survey invite CEOs or HR managers in the private sector to participate. The target sample will be contacted via phone calls, sms and E-mails to participate in the online questionnaire.
Other Systems and Studies
The Department is also involved in other studies and systems such as Higher Education Institutions KPIs and the excellence in performance in government institutions.