Abu Dhabi: A new Covid-19 Response Report (CRR), produced by Oxford Business Group (OBG) in partnership with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), explores the role of the UAE’s higher education providers in readying the country for the evolving demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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The CRR provides an in-depth analysis of the UAE’s response to the pandemic in an easy-to-navigate and accessible format, focusing on key data and infographics, relating to its socio-economic landscape. 

The report outlines pre-pandemic developments that strengthened the country’s education and innovation ecosystem, highlighting the UAE’s top global ranking for individuals’ ICT skills and internet access in schools, based on the Network Readiness Index 2020. 

Exploring the potential for innovation to boost national competitiveness and drive the country’s economic diversification agenda, the publication evaluates the integration of experiential learning and innovative technologies within the UAE’s higher education segment – – prior to, and during, the Covid-19 pandemic.

In addition, subscribers will find an analysis of the lasting impact of these Coronavirus-related adaptations, which look set to permanently reshape the UAE’s education ecosystem. Increased digitalisation and hybrid operating models will enable on-demand, adaptable and personalised delivery – better suited to the differentiated needs of diverse student groups.

The report details the steps taken by HCT to enable continuity of learning, amidst coronavirus-related challenges, as well as the institution’s contributions to UAE research and development efforts. It also features an in-depth interview with Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT President and CEO. He discusses the importance of equipping graduates with the skills to adapt to evolving business and industry demands, and to succeed in the workplace of tomorrow. 

“Our graduates will possess future-proof qualities such as digital, professional and entrepreneurship skills that together can create well-rounded individuals, capable of thriving in the post-Covid-19 business landscape,” he said. “We expect to see a growing emphasis on applied, experiential education, supported by technology, within flexible and adaptable learning environments.”

Jana Treeck, OBG’s Managing Director for the Middle East, said that successful diversification efforts, combined with robust energy exports and rising levels of foreign direct investment, enabled the UAE to face the Covid-19 pandemic and global drop in hydrocarbons prices from a position of relative economic strength. 

“High levels of consumer confidence and current account expansion are expected to support recovery in the UAE, while the country continues to transition towards a knowledge-based economy,” Treeck said. “Education providers have a key part to play in driving these strategies forward by ensuring that the next generation are able to capitalise on new technologies to meet the changing demands of the workplace and generate future economic growth.”

This CRR on the UAE forms part of a series of tailored reports that the global research and advisory company is currently producing with its partners, alongside other highly relevant, go-to research tools, including a range of country-specific Growth and Recovery Outlook articles and interviews. 

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