Decision on idle majors based on supply and demand — Owais

Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
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AMMAN — Minister of Education, Higher Education, and Scientific Research Wajih Owais said on Saturday that the decision of the Higher Education Council to not introduce any new idle majors, aims at enabling university and college graduates to obtain a vocational certificate in some specializations, thus improving their chance of getting suitable job opportunities, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

As for the council’s decision regarding the gradual reduction of admissions to some disciplines such as medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy, Owais said that these majors are in high demand by high school graduates, at a time the number of university graduates in these majors exceeds the needs of the labor market.

He added that the council aims to absorb the maximum number of students in each discipline, and to direct high school students to the technical and vocational disciplines required by the labor market.

The council, he added, wants to direct universities and intermediate colleges to develop new specializations that are in demand locally, regionally, and globally.

Owais explained that the decision to reduce admissions to all idle and saturated majors, as mentioned in the report of the Civil Service Bureau, was based on supply and demand indicators; it entails stopping admissions to 42 majors, either because of breaches of the standards of special accreditation or because the numbers exceed universities capacity.

He explained that the process of reducing and stopping admission in some disciplines has financial repercussions on universities, which puts educational institutions and the Council before difficult challenges including ensuring an honest academic process, and maintaining the continuity of the financial flow to universities to meet their needs to prepare an appropriate learning environment for students.

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