On May 10, 2016, the Arab Knowledge Project held a post-launch event for the Arab Knowledge Index 2015 in Algeria, under the patronage of H.E. Prof. Tahar Hadjar the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. The workshop is part of a series of workshops planned by MBRF and the UNDP in major Arab and international cities to highlight the outcomes of the Index.
The event was attended by around 100 participants, including a select of policy makers, intellectuals, academics, and researchers. Key speech was delivered by Randa Abu al-Hassan, Deputy Resident representative of the UNDP in Algeria,
Abu al-Hassan underlined that the Arab Knowledge Index represents a major leap in the Arab knowledge project, from monitoring and analysing the status of knowledge in the region to the building of key tools to diagnose development issues. "It supports the creation of strategies to spread knowledge and achieve sustainable human development in all communities," she added.
In turn, Noureddine Al Ghawali, representative of the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Algeria, said the Ministry of Higher Education in Algeria welcomed the Arab Knowledge Index for its contribution in measuring the knowledge situation in Algeria and Arab countries. He said such projects will have a significant positive impact on the Arab countries by highlighting the achievements of the Arab countries in the knowledge arena.
The second session of the workshop, moderated by Dr. Sayed Ahmed bin Zarwan from the University of Minnesota in the USA, discussed the potential for linking universities with their economic environment. Highlighting the importance of scientific research, participants in the session stated that the Arab Knowledge Index indicators will support decision-makers in Algeria by showcasing the real status of knowledge in the country. The session called for the need to connect university education to the labour market requirements in line with the post-oil strategy adopted by Algeria.