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The business curriculum and the future employment market: UAE business leaders' views

Belal Barhem (Business Administration Department, College of Business and Economics, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates)
Adel H. Salih (Management and Marketing Department, College of Business and Economic, University of Qatar, Doha, Qatar)
Darwish A. Yousef (Business Administration Department, College of Business and Economics, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates)

Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues

ISSN: 1753-7983

Article publication date: 30 May 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to capture some of the challenges and emerging trends in business education.

Design/methodology/approach

A sample of 155 business leaders who work in the UAE has responded to the survey.

Findings

The results of this study revealed the most important skills and competencies that local business leaders would like to see university graduates now and five years from now. In addition business leaders have pointed out the important level of the management areas to their companies now and five years from now.

Originality/value

The paper highlights business leaders' opinions and views in relation to the relative importance of skills needed in their companies.

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Citation

Barhem, B., Salih, A.H. and Yousef, D.A. (2008), "The business curriculum and the future employment market: UAE business leaders' views", Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Vol. 1 No. 2, pp. 124-137. https://doi.org/10.1108/17537980810890301

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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