Dubai, 21 June, 2017
The Arab Knowledge Project revealed that its key publication, the Knowledge Index, is going global this year with preparations in place to launch the global edition of the index, The Global Knowledge Index, in the upcoming Knowledge Summit 2017.
The announcement was made on Monday June 21 in a press conference at the headquarters of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation in Dubai, UAE. The Arab Knowledge Project is a joint initiative between the Foundation and UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States (UNDP-RBAS). The new edition of the index is set to build on the earlier Arab Knowledge Index, in its debut to become the first index that seeks to assess knowledge from a development perspective at the global level. It shall contribute to economic and social development strategies around the world, enrich the knowledge movement, and serve as a roadmap for the sustainable development of human societies.
The press conference was jointly held by MBRF CEO His Excellency Jamal bin Huwaireb; and Mr. Khaled Abdel-Shafi, Director of the UNDP Regional Hub in Amman, Jordan. Key attending dignitaries included, Yakup Beris, UNDP-RBAS Regional Programme Coordinator, Dr Hany Torky, Chief Technical Advisor at the Arab Knowledge Project, and Fraude Mauring, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to the United Arab Emirates, also covering the states of Oman and Qatar.
“The Global Knowledge Index ushers in a new era for the knowledge industry, taking our efforts onto the global stage,” said H.E. Jamal bin Huwaireb. “Knowledge knows no borders; it is not limited to specific peoples or nations. With that in mind, it becomes ever so important that we embrace globalisation and be fully engaged with what is happening in the world around us – especially, the rapidly accelerating knowledge revolution.
For his part, Khaled Abdel-Shafi underlined the significance of this strategic and productive partnership with MBRF, commending the many initiatives under the Arab Knowledge Project. Abdel-Shafi especially emphasised the importance of the Knowledge Index as an evidence-based tool to inform and support policymakers on the different aspects and roles of knowledge in the pursuit of sustainable human development.
Abdel-Shafi added that knowledge is a critical indicator of the levels of openness and thought development in societies, adding that “this index will prompt each and every one of us to invest more in knowledge as an essential qualification in standing up to the myriad of development challenges we are facing today, including – but not limited to – the challenges of water and food security, climate change, social justice, peace, security, and countering terrorism.”
Dr Hany Torky, Chief Technical Adviser of the Arab Knowledge Project said that arrangements are already in place to establish an international team of experts and specialists to oversee the development process of the global edition of the index. Torky added that the index will cover the same sectors as the Arab edition of the index, albeit with a refined structure and input variables. These sectors will include: Higher Education; Pre-University Education; Technical Vocational Education and Training; Information and Communications Technology; Research, Development and Innovation; and, Economy.
Speech of Khaled Abdelshafi
Speech of H.E. Jamal bin Huwaireb