The UAE has topped the Arab Knowledge index in 2015 which is a healthy sign as it will stimulate growth across all sectors. Knowledge is the base of every sector. It will help industry leaders in implementing development policies to build knowledge societies, regional and national programs of international standards.
It is a collaborative initiative by the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) which uses six indices including Pre-University Education, Technical Vocational Education & Training, Higher Education, Information and Communication, Research & Development and Economy, to measure the knowledge index. The UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are on the top three whereas some countries like Somalia, Syria, Comoros, Iraq, Libya and Yemen scored very low in the index.
Jamal Bin Huwaireb, Managing Director of MBRF said a knowledge-based economy needs innovation in education, scientific research and IT sector.
A Saudi activist opined that the improvement in literacy rate in Arab countries increased from 18% in 1960 to 82% in 2015. Adoption of right policies in education sector has led to the positive growth, however, many things need to be done to get the desired results. He is expecting a 100% literacy rate in Arab countries, which are currently falling behind other countries.
In order to encourage reading across the UAE, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has announced ‘The UAE Reads‘ campaign at the 100-Retreat on 11th January, 2015. A 10-year planning has been aimed at achieving the goal. A hashtag #uaereads was trending on the popular online social networking site Twitter.