Experts and academics from Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to participate

Dubai, September 13, 2015: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is making preparations for the launch of the Arab Knowledge Index 2015 with a series of workshops in key Arab cities which will highlight the latest developments in the preparation of the index. The workshops will see the participation of experts and academics from various countries in the region, including Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

On the occasion, His Excellency Jamal bin Huwaireb, Managing Director of MBRF, said the workshops will help consolidate ideas and develop the working mechanism of the index. The index is based on three Arab Knowledge Reports that have enabled experts and stakeholders to discuss knowledge issues in the Arab world. The discussions in the workshops will lead to an integrated vision to the overcome challenges facing the development of knowledge in the Arab region, HE Bin Huwaireb said.

The regional workshops will bring together a group of experts in key sectors integral to the Arab Knowledge Index. They include former ministers of education and scientific research, academic heads of scientific research centres, and Arab and foreign experts in the field of research and innovation. The workshops will help provide a scientific methodology and accurate values to the index, and allow the experts to collect sufficient information that can be utilised to create sub-indices for each sector.

The first and second workshops in the series will be held in Tunisia to discuss the development of pre-university education, technical and vocational education, and continuing training sectors. The third workshop will be held in Dubai, putting the spotlight on the development of university education sector in the Arab region. The series will conclude with two workshops in the Jordanian capital, Amman, which will look at the sectors of knowledge economy, research, development and innovation.

MBRF and the UNDP will launch the Arab Knowledge Index during the second edition of the Knowledge Conference which will be held in December in Dubai. The main pillars of the index are: Higher Education; Pre-university Education; Technical and Vocational Education and Continuous Training; Information and Communications Technology; Scientific Research and Innovation; Economy; and Health and Sustainable Human Development. The performance of each of these sectors will be measured in each Arab country to build seven sub-indices for each sector.