Amman, Jordan | 22-26 April 2018 
 
The Knowledge Project launched a series of workshops and meetings within the Knowledge Week in Jordan during April 2018 to promote the use of the Global Knowledge Index as a guide to achieve growth and sustainable development and as a tool for change, and to disseminate it widely in political discussions. The series of meetings aimed at promoting effective dialogue, raising awareness, and informing the public and stakeholders about the key features and expected outcomes of the Global Knowledge Index and the importance of the connection between knowledge and development.
 
Knowledge Forum
22 April 2018
 
The Knowledge Week in Jordan kicked off from Amman, where the Knowledge Forum was held under the patronage of the Minister of Education Dr. Omar Al-Razzaz and attended by representatives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, representatives of various ministries, journalists, researchers, university professors, students and representatives of private sectors.
 
The Forum included sessions on Jordan's results in the Global Knowledge Index 2017, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Jordan's experience in facing illiteracy, and open dialogue with youth.
 
Jordanian University
23 April 2018
 
The forum was followed by a meeting at the Jordanian University, where the knowledge team met with the students and professors under the patronage and attendance of the President of the University, Dr. Azmi Mohafaz, and the participation of Dr. Ahmed Majdouba, Vice President of the Humanitarian Faculties, and the University Council, in the presence of representatives of the United Nations Development Programme and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation. The meeting was attended by 150 participants, during which the knowledge team introduced the Global Knowledge Index and the results of Jordan, followed by an open discussion.
 
Yarmouk University
24 April 2018
 
The Knowledge Week continued in Jordan with a meeting this time with the students and professors of Yarmouk University under the patronage of the President of the University Dr. Zaidan Kafafi and the participation of Dr. Ziad Al Saad, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the participation of representatives of the United Nations Development Programme and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation. The meeting was attended by 70 participants, during which the Knowledge Team introduced the Global Knowledge Index and the results of Jordan, followed by an open discussion.
 
Mutah University
25 April 2018
 
Mu'tah University hosted the Knowledge Team where a meeting was held with the students and professors under the patronage of the President of the University Dr. Thafer Al-Sarayrah and the participation of the Dean of the Faculty of Business Dr. Abdulsalam Abu Tabinjeh, and the participation of representatives of the United Nations Development Programme and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation. The meeting was attended by 70 participants, during which the Knowledge Team introduced the Global Knowledge Index and the results of Jordan, followed by an open discussion.
 
Department of Statistics
26 April 2018
The Knowledge Week in Jordan was concluded with a visit to the Department of Statistics to meet the Director General Dr. Qassim Al-Zughbi and the statistical experts. The Knowledge Team presented Jordan's results in the Global Knowledge Index, the data collection methodologies, and the cooperation methods.
 
Recommendations
- It was proposed that under the umbrella of the Knowledge Index, a workshop should be held among the various educational sectors, linking them with the Labor Department to address the gap between education and the labor market.
- Dr. Omar Al-Razzaz explained the importance of assessing the technical education sector as it is one of the weakest sectors in Jordan.
- The Department of Statistics formed a committee to review the international data on Jordan in an attempt to close the data gap, which was illustrated in the knowledge index.
- The youth proposed to play a role in the Index, i.e. drafting analysis of some of the findings to be posted on the Knowledge4All portal.
- Benefiting from Jordan's experience in eradicating illiteracy, as it now reaches 0.89% for citizens aged 15 to 24, to eliminate technological illiteracy.