MBRF, UNDP conclude ‘Knowledge Week’ in Jordan

DUBAI, Knowledge Week, organised by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, MBRF, and the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, concluded, last week in Jordan’s capital, Amman.

The event was organised 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 the 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.

MBRF’s CEO Jamal bin Huwaireb lauded the outcomes of the event, 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.”

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

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.

At the conclusion, MBRF and UNDP announced that two of the teams participating in the workshop had won an opportunity to attend the Knowledge Summit 2019 in Dubai and participate in setting its topics of discussion.

Source: Emirates News Agency