London: The Sultanate came second on the Arab level and twenty second at the world level at the “Sustainable Development Policies’ Index of the British Council London report titled ‘The shape of Global Higher Education’.
The sustainable development policies measure the government academic mobility funding, the international researches, the funding programmes for educators, researchers, the foreign language programmes, the national scholarships, the student loans availed for foreign students.
The Sultanate also came second on the Arab level and ninth on world level at the openness of education system index which measures the government commitment to international mobility and providing infrastructure that facilitates student mobility, exchange of researchers, attracting international students to national universities and enhancing trans-boundary education.
At the higher education quality and international qualification recognition, the Sultanate came second on the regional level and ninth on the world level at the index which measures meeting the requirements for educational efficiency as criteria for the selection of international students and approving the international activities for the foreign institutions.
The Sultanate also managed to come second on the Arab level and 12th on the world level at the national policies and regulatory environment for student academic mobility.
The index measures the national subsidy provided by the government for the international academic mobility of students through the national policies frameworks which facilitate international cooperation, such as ensuring quality of education, international qualification recognition, exchange of student scholarships and providing the opportunity for knowledge practice by providing job opportunities.
The Sultanate came second on the Arab level and 15th on the world level at the ‘International Research Engagement’ which Measures the subsidy provided by the governments taking part for students and researchers at the cooperation-based international researches. As for the trans-boundary education, the Sultanate came second on the Arab level and 8th on the world level.
The index measures the practical adoption of the cooperative education polices among the different countries by implementing international programmes and system, approving, licencing international higher education institutions, promoting quality culture in higher education institutions in a bid to ensure that national institutions meet international quality requirements.
The report hailed the role played by the Sultanate’s government in subsidising the private sector to help it play an active role in the national development. The private higher education institutions play a key role in creating education opportunities for students by providing a number of programmes that serve the community, such as the professional, technical, administrative and language programmes, especially these institutions are linked to international universities to ensure quality of the institutions and their programmes.
The report pointed out that the national government now realises the benefits of international openness of their education, economic and social systems.
The report aims at measuring the government subsidy for higher education at the regulatory framework that supports international cooperation. The report is based on more than 1400 indices.