Saudi Arabia Moves Up Five Global Positions On The Human Development Index

KSA's progress in education continues to gain global recognition & has advanced five positions in latest Human Development Index, UNDP report

The UN lauds Saudi progress in education

Riyadh — Saudi Arabia’s progress in education continues to gain global recognition. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has advanced five positions in HDI, the latest Human Development Index, UNDP report.

The HDI, a report released by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), ranked Saudi Arabia 35th out of 191 countries for 2022. The UNDP’ previous (2021) report ranked Saudi Arabia in the 40th position. 

The latest report ranks the Kingdom 10th among the G20 countries. Analysis of the information shows that the most progress was between 2019 and 2021.

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The Kingdom has made significant progress by advancing 18 places in the Mean Years of Schooling Index. Saudi Arabia ranked 56th place compared to 74th place in the previous edition.

This higher ranking reflects efforts to improve learning outcomes and strengthen the Kingdom’s education capacity in global competition.

The progress on the knowledge acquisition scale demonstrates the education system’s commitment to developing human capabilities. Which enhances the Kingdom’s global competitiveness and contributes to its international ranking.

As it takes many years to achieve this level of progress, Saudi Arabia’s education system could reach these goals, outlined in the Kingdom Vision 2030, in a shorter time frame.

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This resounding recent success is partly due to the investments in education and unceasing support made by the wise Saudi leadership.

The UNDP 2022 report works on three fundamental dimensions of human development index;

  • Knowledge,
  • A long and healthy life,
  • An adequate standard of living.

To achieve this, the Ministry of Education has enacted policies and initiatives from early childhood education to lifelong learning to transform Saudi Arabia into a model knowledge society.

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