Eidaad is an educational initiative program that aims to narrow the gap between Industry & Academia and to establish an Internship that lasts for one academic year so students can engage in a longer period of applied learning. The Eidaad is also provides a platform that facilitates and promotes partnership and intellectual exchange between academia and industry. This program provides an opportunity for university/college students with a year of valuable experience, which will give the graduate an edge when they enter the real world after their studies. The University’s objectives are cited in order to facilitate the management of the placement by the three parties - employer, student and university. Secondly, the potential benefits of ‘a good placement’ can be demonstrated to existing/potential students as well as current and possible employers. Finally, a set of objectives will help to facilitate the learning performance of the student whilst on placement and later in their final year[s] at the University.
Sultanate of Oman’s economy is changing rapidly, and with it, the talents, skill sets, and experience needed to be a part of that growth cycle. In recent times, the job market has become very competitive and it is a tough learning curve for recent engineering graduates. For this reason, the growth of applied learning and internship opportunities has become a key part of the experience for all students. Thus the main purpose of Eidaad is to meet the rapidly changing needs and challenges of a professional workplace with specific objectives to (i) up-skill students with the proper communication/ behavioural/ future skills and applied technical skills before graduation, (ii) align academia output to the industry needs, (iii) enhance students technical fundamentals and critical thinking skills and to expose them to open-ended real-life situations.
The most important benefit of Eidaad is that it provides students with real-world experience before their graduation. No doubt, a good CGPA is important for graduates to apply for a job, however employers want to see entry-level job candidates with some level of exposure to open-ended real-life situations that are outside of the classroom engagement. These are the specific advantages of this program:
ligible students will apply for the one-year industry placement advertised by the local industries. Selection for the internship is through a screening process as per the set criteria at the Colleges/University and also the host Industry/Company. The students who are successful through the selection process will be designated as Interns and they will embark into a one-year internship at the chosen industry and will resume their final year studies to complete the remaining credits at the campus to graduate in their chosen field of study.
The framework of Eidaad is based on Fundamental Development Programme (FDP) that is based on a blended concept focused on onthe-job training. It provides an opportunity to align academia output to the industry needs, to track the students' progress and to up-skill students. Although the field specific internship training varies from industry to industry, company to company and even amongst departments of the same company, the overall framework of the oneyear internship is tailored to be uniform. The framework of the Eidaad consists of 6 components as shown. The training in these 6 competency areas is envisaged to make available a continuous stream of well-prepared students to work on developmental projects in the industry.