Regional insights

Here at Bett MEA we are passionate about Education and Technology.

We conduct in-depth research throughout the year to keep ourselves up to date with developments across the region and ensure we’re providing the most relevant content at Bett MEA 2018. Here are some of the regional insights we’ve discovered this week:

Gulf Cooperation Council

A study conducted by LinkedIn and PwC suggests that the GCC (UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and SA) need s to work harder and more closely with the private sector to increase digital education and training opportunities in the region to meet a growing market demand for jobs. Digital jobs made up just 1.7% of total GCC workforce in 2015 compared with 5.4% in the EU, 7.8 in the UK and 8.4% in Finland. LinkedIn’s MENA Director said that if the GCC’s percentage were to rise to the EU average it would create over 1.3 million new jobs. Read more here


The Government are working towards implementing a national roadmap to implement SDG4-Education (Sustainable Development Goals for Education) across Kuwait. Faryal Khan (speaker at Bett ME 17) led the discussion between the Kuwait National Commission for UNESCO, Kuwait MOE and UNESCO Doha. They plan to focus on the introduction of methodology to identify priorities to strengthen capacities of MOE officials to enhance planning and implementation for SDG 4, as well as timely collection, analysis and utilization of data on education. Read more here

The Civil Service Commission has put forward a plan to replace all expatriate teachers working in universities and schools with Kuwaiti teachers. The scheme focuses on STEM teachers, 75% of whom are to be replaced. There is no timeline for this plan, but they are focusing on Kuwaiti students currently studying STEM subjects as a source of new employees. To implement this 5,847 new graduates would have to be appointed every month. In addition to expat teachers, Kuwait is cracking down on other expat professionals including accountants, tech sector and public service workers. Those who are dismissed will have their residency cancelled to ensure they do not apply for other positions in the emirate. Read more here


The Ministry of Higher Education has banned Omani students from studying at 4 Malaysian universities. The Committee for the Recognition of Non-Omani Higher Education Institutions and the Equivalence of Educational Qualifications issues a decision to stop dealing with Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), SEGI University, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology and Binary University of Management & Entrepreneurship. They said: “These universities are not complying with some of the laws of the country of scholarship such as registering students, allowing them to study on tourist visas and most of these universities are unresponsive and not cooperating with the Cultural Mission in solving the challenges facing Omani students.” Read more here

Saudi Arabia

The MOE announced that female students across the kingdom will now be allowed to carry and use mobile phones on college campuses. At least 7 universities had mobile phone bans on female students and were confiscating devices on their premises. Read more here

United Arab Emirates

KHDA have started their school inspections for the year. At present 64% of students in Dubai schools now attend good or better schools, compared to 30% of students when inspections started in 2008. This year, the school inspections will place a special emphasis on the UAE National Agenda, social studies, innovation, Emirati students, moral education and special education needs. 166 schools will also be evaluated on the following five key performance indicators: learning skills; social responsibility and enterprise; teaching; curriculum adaptation; and leadership. Read more here

The UAE is taking significant strides toward embracing Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies as AI investments have increased over 70% in the past three years and is expected to reach Dh33 billion ($8.9 billion) by the end of 2017.

An updated school code of conduct has been published by the MOE and states that teachers are not allowed to mock students, deprive students from food, lower their grades or give after-school detentions and corporal punishments cannot be used. Read more here

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