A knowledge-based economy?7
- As part of its commitment to boost the initiatives it runs in alignment with the strategic directives of the UAE government, the Ministry of Finance, MoF, announced today the launch of the next phase of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund (MBRIF)
- This next phase will create an integrated work environment that supports innovation and the UAE’s transition to a knowledge-based economy
- During this phase, the Emirates Development Bank, EDB, will operate the two programmes of the MBRIF, namely the Innovation Accelerator programme and the Guarantee Scheme, both of which support start-ups and diversify the economy
Distance Learning Evaluation for schools:8
- Results of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority's (KHDA) Distance Learning Evaluation (DLE) have shown that out of 209 schools in Dubai, 67% were found offering 'developed' e-learning programmes.
- Out of 173 schools in Abu Dhabi, 146 were found offering 'developed' e-learning programmes, according to the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (Adek).
- These evaluations were based on three main areas:
- How well students were learning and how well their wellbeing was safeguarded;
- How well teachers were teaching and monitoring students' learning;
- How well school leaders were managing students' learning across the school.
The UN E-government Development Index:9
- The UAE has been ranked #1 in the GCC (#21 globally) in the E-Government Development Index (EGDI) with an especially developed infrastructure if levels of human capital development (i.e. the scientific education/training of citizens) can be improved.
- The E-Government Development Index consists of three metrics: online services, telecommunications infrastructure and human capital
- The UAE is the second-best scoring country in Western Asia (after Cyprus) across the three metrics and ranks the highest on both online services and telecommunication infrastructure, with a lagging score for human capital, for which it lags behind the KSA, Kuwait and Oman as well as several East-Asian countries.
- For telecommunications infrastructure, the UAE ranks #2 in Asia behind South Korea, an exceptionally strong score reflecting the UAE’s high penetration and activity of mobile subscriptions, the internet and broadband.
- For human capital, by contrast, the UAE lags behind many of its neighbours, especially due to its low gross enrollment ratio (in schools) and expected years of schooling.
- Considering these challenges, the government’s investment into distance learning as a result of the pandemic may be the enabler the country needs to rise into the index’s top 20.