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Oman jumps six places in Global Knowledge Index

15 Dec 2021 By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – Oman has jumped six places in the Global Knowledge Index (GKI) 2021 to 52nd position out of 154 countries. The UAE is ranked 11th globally and first in the Arab world.

Switzerland came first globally for the fifth year in a row, followed by Sweden, USA, Finland and the Netherlands.

GKI is a joint initiative between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation. The index aims to measure the multidimensional concept of knowledge.

In this year’s edition, the index includes 155 variables, selected by more than 40 international sources and databases.

With a GKI score of 52.3, Oman, according to the index, is a strong performer in terms of its knowledge infrastructure. It ranks 49th out of the 61 countries with very high human development.

In sectoral indices, Oman ranks 41st in Pre-University Education, 16th in Technical and Vocational Education and Training, 110th in Higher Education, 82nd in Research, Development and Innovation, 49th in Information and Communications Technology, 64th in Economy and 100th in Enabling Environment.

The areas of strength for Oman include in Pre-University Education in the sub-categories of Pupil-trained Teacher Ratio in Primary Education (3rd), Pupil-trained Teacher Ratio in Secondary Education (15th), Schools with Access to Computers in Primary Education (per cent) (1st), Schools with Access to Computers in Secondary Education (per cent) (1st), and Share of Students Enrolled in Post-Secondary Vocational Programmes (1st).

Oman performs well in ICT, too, and is ranked 14th in Households with Internet Access at Home, Skills and Employment (37th), Individuals with Standard ICT Skills (30th) and Tertiary Graduates from ICT Programmes (6th). Other GCC countries in the GKI include Qatar at 38th place, Saudi Arabia at 40th, Kuwait (48) and Bahrain (55).

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