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MBRF, UNDP observe Knowledge Week in Jordan


Several prominent Jordanian universities and 750 college students took part in the activities.

DUBAI: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have concluded Knowledge Week in Jordan, which was held last week, in the capital Amman, in collaboration with the Jordanian Ministry of Youth and the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation (AHSF).

With several prominent Jordanian universities and 750 college students attending, the week’s activities included announcing and discussing the findings of the Global Knowledge Index 2018 (GKI), focusing on the metrics pertaining to Jordan, and discussing ways to improve the country’s knowledge performance on the level of the seven sectors covered by the Index. Also on the agenda was the announcement of several workshops as part of the “Know Talks” programme, launched by MBRF at the Knowledge Summit 2018.

Knowledge Week Jordan kicked off with a series of sessions with university students and professors at the Hashemite University and the University of Jordan, followed by a Global Knowledge Index 3-Day Workshop for youth selected from all provinces of the kingdom. The objective of the workshop was to empower the youth to explore innovative ideas that tackle development challenges. Participants were provided with critical knowledge tools to build their future vision of Jordan and create a meaningful impact. The starting point was the performance of Jordan on the Global Knowledge Index 2018 on the level of the seven sectors: pre-university education; higher education; technical and vocational education and training; research, development, and innovation; information and communications technology; economic; and general enabling environments.

In collaboration with the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation and the Ministry of Youth and under the patronage of Jordanian Prime Minister Dr Omar Al Razzaz, the workshop lasted for three days and sought to motivate the young participants to outline plans of action to address challenges preventing the establishment of a knowledge-based society in Jordan.

Jordan’s Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications, and Government Spokesperson Jumana Ghunaimat addressed attendees at the workshop on behalf of Prime Minister Al Razzaz – the event’s patron – asserting young people’s role in building a knowledge-based society and reiterating Jordan’s commitment to investing in human beings and developing education in the kingdom.

For his part, Jordan’s Minister of Youth and Culture Dr Mohammed Abu Rumman announced the Ministry’s intentions to adopt several knowledge initiatives rooted in the outcomes of the GKI Workshop and Knowledge Week and to provide full support for these initiatives through youth centres spread across the kingdom.

Meanwhile, MBRF’s CEO Jamal Bin Huwaireb lauded the outcomes of Knowledge Week Jordan, describing them as “in line with the strategic objectives MBRF and UNDP hope to achieve from holding such initiatives around the world, which include spreading the findings and recommendations of the Global Knowledge Index, and fostering a meaningful exchange of knowledge, expertise, and best practices.”

On a similar note, Saif Al Mansoori, Corporate Affairs Adviser to the Managing Director of MBRF, asserted that the Knowledge Week in Jordan is a continuation of the Knowledge Summit, and a comprehensive platform that brings together experts and decision-makers to present visions, exchange ideas and explore best practices in knowledge production.

Valentina Kassisieh, CEO of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation, said: “Today, we celebrate a group of young Jordanians who, over the past two days, worked to lay the foundations for a global knowledge base that promotes innovation in both education and scientific research.” Kassisieh then called for fostering a complementary relationship between scientific research centres and knowledge institutions.

The workshop also saw Khalid Abdul Shafi, Director of the UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Arab States, highlight the latest accomplishments of the Programme’s partnership with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation – particularly, the Future of Knowledge Report launched during the most recent Knowledge Summit.

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