New Models for Stem Education: Bridging The Skills Gap Among Graduates from Al Hussein Technical University
Al Hussein Technical University in Jordan has introduced a new STEM educational model to provide the country’s industries with highly skilled technicians and engineers, with the ultimate goal of supporting Jordan’s economic development. The university, which is part of the Crown Prince Foundation, opened its doors in 2017 to offer both technical and Bachelor’s degrees in Engineering Technology and Computing and Informatics. This article examines the new educational model and focuses on what distinguishes it from traditional engineering educational models at higher education institutions in Jordan. This paper examines several interventions incorporated into the model to ensure that graduates leave the university with the assets necessary to improve employment outcomes and earning potential.
Index Terms - STEM; Higher education; Jordan; Industry; Soft skills; Engineering educational model.