The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) was ranked 9th globally in the Technical Education and Vocational Training Index of the Global Knowledge Index 2021.
Published by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme, the index aims to measure global cognitive development as a comprehensive concept closely related to sustainable development and various aspects of human life modern, to the construction of knowledge societies. and economies, and define development policies to anticipate the future.
The Global Knowledge Index measures cognitive development in 154 countries around the world, based on seven composite sub-indices that highlight the performance of six vital sectors: pre-university education, technical education and vocational training, higher education, R&D, ICT, innovation and economy, as well as a sub-index for the enabling environment to assess the social, political, economic, health and environmental context in which these sectors are incubated .
KSA excels in sub-axes
The technical education and vocational training indicator has several sub-areas in which Saudi Arabia has excelled, to emerge first in the world in the proportion of students enrolled in non-university post-secondary education in programs professional and technical.
It also ranked 2nd globally in terms of quality and qualifications in technical education and vocational training, 4th in the components of technical education and vocational training and 4th globally in terms of average income of careers in technical education and vocational training that require intermediate skills.
Also, the country was 6th in the world in low employment percentage.
The Global Knowledge Index 2021, which was widely reviewed at the Knowledge Summit 2022 held recently at Expo 2020 Dubai, highlighted KSA’s strong performance in the cognitive infrastructure space.
Five major assets
The index pointed out that the country has five major strengths such as the volume of cultural exports as a share of total exports, the use of subscription-based mobile broadband internet, households with internet access, people with standard ICT skills and the median income for TVET occupations with intermediate skills. .
The fifth edition of the Global Knowledge Index 2021 included 155 variables selected from more than 40 international sources and databases, including those of Unesco, the World Bank, the International Telecommunication Union, the International Monetary Fund, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the International Labor Organization, among others.
Switzerland was ranked 1st globally for the fifth consecutive year, followed by Sweden, the United States, Finland and the Netherlands.
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