It is empirical that education, research and training are essential to the development of today’s knowledge-based society and economy. This document outlines the national strategic framework for education, research and training, and highlights its priorities based on national development goals and regional requirements of the nation. It also strives to rectify inconsistencies as well as the lack of transparency and coordination that exists in the current system. The strategy recognises that knowledge and the innovation it sparks are the country’s most valuable assets, particularly in light of the long-term goal of economic diversification, further industrialisation and increasing global competition.
The approach taken in compiling this document acknowledges that high-quality education —from pre-primary all the way up to higher education and vocational training— are fundamental to the nation’s success. However, in a rapidly evolving world, lifelong learning needs to be taken into account, as it is the key to employment, sustainable economic success and full participation of people in society. The proposed policies are designed to support national actions and help address present challenges such as: young demographic, skills deficits among the workforce, lack of coordination between industrial needs and academic qualifications, and global competition. These areas demand joint academia-industry responses, and our nation can benefit from experiences gained by other countries around the globe.
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