Global Knowledge Index offers insight into pre-university education and vocational training
Source: ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Thu November 23, 2017 1:20 pm

 UAE. Day two of the Knowledge Summit 2017 saw international and regional experts come together to unveil the key findings of the newly launched Global Knowledge Index on pre-university education, technical education and vocational training.
University Professor Najoua Ghriss from Tunisia; Heiko Sibberns, Director of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement from Germany; Youssef Sadik, Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of the Educational Foundation at Morocco’s Mohammed V University; and Hassan El-Bilawi, Professor of Sociology of Education at Helwan University in Egypt, formed the esteemed panel that was moderated by Ali Al Kaabi, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Students Affairs and Enrolment at UAE University.
According to the panellists, the studies have revealed a gap both in the Index’s findings among the 131 countries, as well as within each individual country. Furthermore, Singapore, Denmark, Iceland, Belgium and Ireland were the countries that emerged on top with an average score of 72.43%, while the 15 Arab countries that were part of the 2017 index averaged a mid-range score of 55.72%, with the UAE leading the pack.

The findings also revealed a call for interactive, integrated and decentralised educational system within the region.
Professors Najoua Ghriss and Hassan El Belawi both talked about the Index as a means for not only collecting information, but also analyse it, which allows countries to identify ways to improve and inform effective policy-making.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, and the directives of MBRF Chairman H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the fourth edition of the Summit bears the theme: “Knowledge and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”
The Summit attracts more than 105 speakers from 23 countries, who are set to present new ideas and perspectives on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, in addition to exchanging experiences and exploring best practices.

The summit discusses the dimensions and key components of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, as well as its profound effects on all aspects of life, including society, the economy, academia and culture.

Photo Captions:
1. (above)  Knowledge Summit 2017 Day 2
2. (inset)    For illustrative purposes only (File photo)



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