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SWANID: A Systematic Approach to Make Students Employable

Fahd M. Aldosari 1, Mudasser F. Wyne 2, and Ghazi I. Aldotiby 1
1. Umm Al Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
2. National University, San Diego, USA

Abstract—We all understand that University and College programs should be aligned with the latest technological trends as well as with the market needs to ensure graduates from the programs are employable. In addition, study programs also need to focus on raising the level of professionalism of the students by exposing them to best practices used by top organizations and companies in the relevant local market. In this paper, we present results of a thorough research with the main goal to develop a workable systematic approach to not only prepare and support students in the college but also to match the vision and the objectives of our college and university. The paper details the questionnaire and data collection from students and employers with the analysis, as well as results of the analysis. We also describe design and implementation of our initiative “SWANID” program and discuss the results of the system implementation in detail. The goal is to share our successful model, experiences and best practices with engineering and computer professionals from academia and industry around the globe who are engaged in similar novel engineering education initiatives. 
Index Terms—employability, jobs, engineering, computer, education

Cite: Fahd M. Aldosari, Mudasser F. Wyne, and Ghazi I. Aldotiby, "SWANID: A Systematic Approach to Make Students Employable," International Journal of Learning and Teaching, Vol. 4, No. 4, pp. 335-339, December 2018. doi: 10.18178/ijlt.4.4.335-339