Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation introduces international experts to 'Global Knowledge Index'
Source: ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Sat October 28, 2017 12:25 pm

UAE.  The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) has concluded its “consultations stage”, where it introduced international experts to the knowledge and education aspects of its flagship Global Knowledge Index.

The first of its kind in the world, the Index was developed in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and its findings are set to be unveiled at the fourth annual Knowledge Summit, held on November 21-22, 2017, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The initiative is also part of the Knowledge 4 All Project, which the Foundation launched in collaboration with the UNDP to provide an online platform where researchers, academics and decision-makers can access data and literature on knowledge, development and related topics.

The Foundation discussed the sectors to be covered under the Global Knowledge Index with international partners including the UNDP, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, the World Bank, the International Association for the Evaluation of Education, and a host of international knowledge experts.

MBRF’s CEO His Excellency Jamal bin Huwaireb, said: “We are committed to working with the United Nations Development Programme to produce a world-class index that meets international standards and serves to document and monitor knowledge according to a precise and transparent scientific approach in an effort to, ultimately, draw a clear image of the knowledge industry in the region and the world.”

“The Index is a major step forward for the Arab knowledge economy,” HE bin Huwaireb added, explaining that revealing the Index’s results at the upcoming Knowledge Summit 2017 makes it easier to identify the opportunities and challenges facing knowledge, as well as to benefit from other countries’ experiences in sustainable development.

“Built on a robust statistical infrastructure, the Global Knowledge Index is one of the largest knowledge-focused instruments in the world,” said Dr Hany Torky, Director of the Knowledge 4 All Project and Chief Technical Advisor at UNDP.

“The Index has been expanded to cover an additional sector this year – ‘general enabling environment’ – along with its main sectors, which are pre-university education; technical vocational education and training; higher education; information and communications technology; economy; and, finally research, development and innovation. The Index will monitor knowledge-related metrics in 131 countries, producing data and reports than can benefit researchers and decision makers in 195 countries around the world.”

Dr Torky went on to reveal that the process of producing the Index faced several challenges, most notably when it came to expanding its scope to cover more sectors. This doubled the responsibilities of the team, and rendered the data collection process more challenging. A global marketing plan for the Index is in the works, he announced, which will promote the instrument to research centres and decision makers around the world.

MBRF is looking to provide a new standardised tool for mining, analysing and aggregating data, based on a systematic and scientific research mechanism, to encourage governments and competent authorities to launch more knowledge-based initiatives. The Global Knowledge Index is poised to play a pivotal role in economic and community development strategies around the world.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme had previously collaborated on the Knowledge 4 all Project and launched the Arab Knowledge Index in its two versions in 2015 and 2016 and the Arab Reading Index in 2016.

The results for both indexes are discussed at length during the Foundation’s annual Knowledge Summit. MBRF and UNDP will work with other influential international bodies, most notably the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement.


Photo Captions:
1. (above)  Dr Hany Torky, Director of the Knowledge 4 All Project and Chief Technical Advisor at UNDP
2. (inset)   Knowledge Summit (File photo)

 

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