Global workshop in Morocco discusses ways to enhance Arabic language skills and youth role in research and development

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Published November 2nd, 2015 - 11:04 GMT
During the workshop
During the workshop

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) and the United Nations Development Programme concluded a workshop in Morocco, marking the fifth of a series of global workshops organised to discuss the outcomes of the third Arab Knowledge Report and the preparations for the second Knowledge Conference. Previous workshops were held in Jordan, the US, France and Britain. 

More than 200 participants, including experts from the Arab knowledge sector, contributed to the discussions which highlighted issues such as weak Arabic language skills among students as well as the need for local and regional initiatives to support the language. The workshop also voiced concerns over inadequate contribution of young people to research and development and innovation. Pointing to the lack of connection between scientific research and the needs of the community, the participants called for establishing comprehensive research databases to develop the region.

The workshop was led by Dr. Abdul Hanieen Belhaj, Dean of the Faculty of Education Sciences at the University of Mohammed V in Rabat, who emphasised the importance of Arab Knowledge Reports in assessing the status of knowledge in the Arab world. The reports contain effective solutions to help Arab countries enhance the knowledge levels in their communities and support the journey towards sustainable development, Dr. Belhaj added.

The participants at the Morocco workshop stressed the need to continue issuing Arab Knowledge Reports, highlighting its importance as a major source of reference for researchers involved in the development of knowledge in the Arab region. The reports are highly valuable in view of the up-to-date data and realistic analysis in easy to understand format, they said.

His Excellency Jamal bin Huwaireb, Managing Director of MBRF, said the workshops on the third Arab Knowledge Report, organised in a number of Arab and international cities, have met with great success and contributed effectively towards consolidating the efforts to develop the knowledge domain in the region.

HE Bin Huwaireb said the last of the series of workshops organised by MBRF and UNDP will be held in Egypt. The workshops have provided valuable information and recommendations on the reality of Arab knowledge to help create radical solutions to the challenges facing the knowledge industry and the dissemination of knowledge in the region. The workshops have also supported MBRF in its preparations for the second edition of the Knowledge Conference 2015 which will be held in Dubai in December, he said 

MBRF and UNDP launched the third Arab Knowledge Report in December 2014 during the first Knowledge Conference organised by MBRF under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. The conference was the first event of its kind in the region to focus on the transfer and localisation of knowledge, aimed at building societies and economies that apply knowledge to create sustainable development and prosperity for all. The event attracted wide participation from international and regional influencers and thought-leaders in the knowledge domain.

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Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation

Launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai in May 2007, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation has since led and implemented pioneering programmes aimed at establishing Dubai and the UAE as the centre for knowledge and research.

MBRF aims to empower future generations and enable them to devise sustainable solutions to facilitate the process of knowledge and research in the Arab World. The Foundation is committed to create knowledge-based societies throughout the region by funding research projects, activities, and initiatives. It nurtures ideas and innovation while focusing on its main pillars which are education, entrepreneurship, and research & development.

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