In preparation for its upcoming Knowledge Index 2017, the Arab Knowledge Project held its first experts meeting at the UNDP Arab Regional Programme’s premises in Beirut. The meeting took place on the 12th and 13th of May 2017 with the participation of a select of experts from the Arab region.
 
Dr. Hany Torky, CTA of the Arab Knowledge Project opened the meeting and welcomed the participating experts. Discussions then started with an evaluation of the 2016 Index, preparation procedure and the accompanying report. 
 
Participants noted the significant maturing of the Arab Knowledge Index in terms of the index structure and selected variables, and emphasized the importance of working further towards increasing the outreach of the index and dissemination activities. Participants also discussed minor potential refinements to the 2017 index structure and the way forward. 
 
Special sessions were dedicated to each of the six sectoral indices, i.e. Pre-University Education index; Technical Vocational Education and Training Index, Higher Education Index, Information and Communications Technology Index, Economy Index, and Research, Development and Innovation Index; in addition to a general session about the Index structure and methodology, and a specialized session on the Index statistical methodology.
 
The meeting was very successful and rich with discussions” Hany Torky, CTA of the Arab Knowledge Project commented. “We are looking forward to this year’s index, especially as many Arab countries have been working significantly to increase their involvement in interdisciplinary knowledge-based development and establish the pillars of the knowledge economy and society.” 
 
The Arab Knowledge Index was first launched by the Arab Knowledge Project in 2015, and it comprises six sectoral indices that together present an objective assessment on the standing of Arab countries in relation to achieving the aspired knowledge-based sustainable human development. The index builds on more than 360 feeding variables, collected from the most recent and credible international sources, while adhering to the highest international scientific standards. The index provides a pioneering tool for policymakers and stakeholders in the Arab region to contribute more effectively in the areas of knowledge and sustainable development.
 
The Arab Knowledge Project is a joint initiative between UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab states and Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation in Dubai. In addition to the Arab Knowledge Index, the project manages a leading digital platform on knowledge (knowledge4all.com) available in both a website and a mobile application format, in Arabic and English.
 
For additional enquiries please contact: Hany.torky@undp.org