ABU DHABI, June 14, 2022 (WAM)-The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has improved its ranking to become the world’s first in overall business skills, according to Coursera’s latest Global Skills Report. In last year’s report, the country ranked second in the world and topped the Middle East and North Africa region.
Students in the UAE are placed in the highest percentage, compared to their peers around the world, in several areas of business skills, such as leadership and management, strategy and operations, communication, human resources and management. entrepreneurship. The strengths of practice in these areas demonstrate their ability to take advantage of opportunities and meet challenges, and in turn, contribute to the economic development of the country.
The Global Skills Report brings together data from 100 million students in more than 100 countries who have used Coursera to develop new skills in the past year. The report compares three of the most in-demand skill areas driving employment in the digital economy: business, technology and data science, which rank 75% or more as top end, 50-75% as competitive, 25-50% as emerging. and 25% or less as lag.
According to the report, the UAE has 642,000 Coursera learners with a median age of 34, of which 42% of all are women and 44% continue their education on mobile devices.
The report also revealed that students in the UAE have high marketing skills (92%), accounting (90%) and sales (80%), and have financial competition skills (56%) .
However, technology and data science skills could be further improved to support the country’s digital transformation goals, where the UAE ranks 69th in the world in technology excellence and 67th in science. Datas. UAE students also demonstrated excellence in security engineering – at 89% – a strong practice that supports the evolution of cybersecurity programs and initiatives.
Students in the UAE also have competitive skills in databases and operating systems (57%each) and computer networks (56%), but only emerging web development skill levels (41%) , computer programming and cloud computing (34% each) and software engineering (29%). The 2022 Global Skills Report highlights the gap of mobile development skills (17%).
In data science, students in the United Arab Emirates have advanced mathematical skills (75%) and are competitive in data analysis (60%). However, skills can be accelerated in machine learning (now at 13%) and areas such as statistical programming (38%), data visualization (48%) and data management (43%).
Vice President for EMEA at Coursera, Anthony Tattersall, said: “The UAE is preparing for the post-oil era with a more diversified and highly skilled economy. Business skills gap in the UAE leading the region for second consecutive year. However, education leaders need to focus on technology and data science skill gaps, which are a strategic requirement to accelerate digital transformation ”.
He added: “By the end of the pandemic, we have seen two trends that have gained traction around the world: the big downturn and the increasing automation of work processes. It also stressed the need for more investment in human capital development, with priority given to improving the digital and human skills necessary for a competitive workplace.Our data shows that students and employees need accelerated pathways to training to prepare them for digital employment. ‘today and tomorrow, and thus support national development goals “.
Translated by: Mervat Mahmoud.