Abdulaziz became involved with the committee that plans the syllabus for colleges in the United Arab Emirates since it lacked business input and "was a bunch of universities talking to each other."
"At the end of the day you want your graduates to work in these companies," he said, adding that the committee now includes more business perspectives.
The United Arab Emirates isn't the only government incorporating business voices into higher education lesson planning.
Classes in Massachusetts community colleges are "tailored" to meet the IT needs of the state's businesses, said Murray. The state sought industry input on what skills would be needed over the next five to 10 years, she said.
In Ireland, Cleary's organization is auditing health care providers to ascertain what health IT skills and occupations are required and which ones are needed. The plan is to create a database that allows providers to better assess their health IT technology and staffing situations.
"We're trying to map out health IT skills," she said.
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