Young Swedes top Global youth index

Research shows that young people are concerned about a lack of suitable education and on-the-job training. (Basher Saleh/Arab News)
Updated 16 November 2018
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Young Swedes top Global youth index

  • The Global Youth Index analyzes the extent to which young people in 25 countries are prepared for the future

 RIYADH: Sweden tops the Global Youth Index, released on Wednesday at the Misk Global Forum, along with research showing how prepared young people are for the future economy. The index was developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit and supported by the Misk Foundation to assess youth development.

The Global Youth Index analyzes the extent to which young people in 25 countries are prepared for the future in five domains: Education and skills, employment, entrepreneurship, global citizenship and the knowledge economy ecosystem. Collectively, the countries comprise 70 percent of the world’s youth population and 80 per cent of global GDP. 

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The new research published by Misk Foundation shows that while young people around the world are optimistic about the future, they are concerned about a lack of suitable education and on-the-job training. About 45 percent of those wanting to start their own venture have not done so because they do not have support.


Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate position

Updated 43 min 58 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate position

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia said it “rejects the position expressed recently by the United States Senate,” while also affirming a commitment to further develop relations with the US.
The Senate’s position had been based on “ unsubstantiated claims and allegations, and contained blatant interferences in the Kingdom’s internal affairs, undermining the Kingdom’s regional and international role,” a Saudi Foreign Ministry statement said.
The Kingdom also expressed concern about the positions held by senators of “an esteemed legislative body of an allied and friendly government, a government that the Kingdom, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince, holds at the highest regard, and with whom the Kingdom maintains deep strategic, political, economic, and security ties ” the statement read.
Saudi Arabia also rejected “any interference in its internal affairs, any and all accusations, in any manner, that disrespect its leadership, represented by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque and the Crown Prince, and any attempts to undermine its sovereignty or diminish its stature.”