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The Political Economy of Skill Formation in a Rentier State: The Case of Oman

International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 9(1), 23–43.

Margarita Langthaler / Stefan Wolf / Tobias Schnitzler

Februar 2022

Against a backdrop of dwindling oil resources and increasing unemployment rates, the government of Oman has set out to diversify its industry and establish a knowledge-based economy. In this context, forming a highly-skilled Omani workforce is considered to be of crucial importance. Yet, the national TVET system suffers from low social status, poor quality, and limited labour market connectivity. This paper offers an analysis of Oman's TVET system in the socio-economic and cultural context of a rentier state. 

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