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Oman climbs eight places in Global Innovation Index

20 Sep 2021 By OUR CORRESPONDENT

The sultanate records its own best in indicators of Human Capital and Research

Muscat – Oman has climbed eight places in the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2021 to 76th from its 84th position in 2020.

The sultanate records its own best in the indicators of Human Capital and Research (ranked 45th) and is number one in the sub-indicator of ‘graduates in science and engineering’.

Among the 132 economies featured in the GII 2021, Switzerland tops the index, followed by Sweden, the US, the UK, South Korea, the Netherlands, Finland, Singapore, Denmark and Germany making the top ten.
The GII ranks world economies according to their innovation capabilities. Consisting of roughly 80 indicators, grouped into innovation inputs and outputs, the GII aims to capture the multi-dimensional facets of innovation.
In Northern Africa and Western Asia, three top performing countries are Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey. In the GCC, the UAE leads with a global rank of 33rd, followed by Saudi Arabia (66th), Qatar (68th), Kuwait (72nd), Oman (76th) and Bahrain (78th).

The rankings of Oman had been falling in recent years – from 69 in 2018 to 80 in 2019 and 84 in 2020 – before improving again in 2021.

The index also indicates that the sultanate has advanced 19 ranks in the Innovation Output Sub-Index and one rank in the Innovation Input Sub-Index.
This advancement made in the ranking reflects the integration achieved by the key players in the national innovation system.

Oman has achieved good global rankings in some categories such as first in the percentage of Science and Engineering Graduates out of total graduates, tenth in the Higher Education indicator and 13th in the Government Expenditure on School Students.

It ranked 13th even on the Economy and Investment indicator, 18th globally in the Net Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) indicator and 23rd in the Digital Applications Production indicator. Oman is placed 24th in the Government e-Services indicator.

Dr Sharifa Hammoud al Harthy, director general of Research at the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation; and director of the National Innovation Strategy (NIS), pointed out that the factors that contributed to the progress of the sultanate included the response and cooperation among the relevant institutions, as well as the rise in the creative output-related initiatives, such as the digital applications, which had a positive impact on overcoming the challenges faced by the society.

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