With over 30 percent of the region’s population between the ages of 15 and 29, representing over 100 million youth, this is the highest proportion of youth to adults in the region’s history . Meanwhile, youth unemployment in the Middle East stands at 25 percent – the highest in any region .  

According to the World Economic Forum, the region needs to create 75 million jobs by 2020 – a jump of more than 40% over the number of jobs in 2011 – just to keep employment close to current levels. Amidst all of this, a recent PwC survey shows that 60% of CEOs believe the education systems in the Middle East are failing at providing students with the right skills for employment.

To assist clients tackle the need for reform and development, PwC has assembled an experienced team of education advisors dedicated to the MENA region, to help organisations and governments help the region move forward.

PwC’s education team includes dedicated and highly experienced consultants across the Middle East, with diverse backgrounds representative of all the key education sectors including: k-12, higher education, vocational training and entrepreneurship, as well as a team of research specialists developing thought leadership to support policy making.

The team is also able to access the PwC global network of education specialists and can bring not just its own partners and staff to projects in the MENA region, but is also able to draw on the international PwC network of academic contacts and subject matter experts.

PwC partners with a number of leading organisations influential in the education sector including: the World Bank, INJAZ Al Arab, and the Arab International  Women’s Forum.

How we can help you:

The Education Practice supports clients across the full spectrum of stakeholders in the region with an education focused mandate from governments working to equip their labor force with the needed 21st century and technical skills, to private providers looking to start anew or expand and improve existing operations. PwC draws on the best resources available to help our clients achieve the results they are looking for. 

Our work focuses on the areas of strategy and policy development, entrepreneurship and 21st century skills strategy, operational effectiveness, regulatory  compliance, academic programs development, research and feasibility studies.  We also work extensively in the field of medical education in collaboration with our health industries team.

Current and past clients in the region include a government entity working on labor nationalization efforts, a private investor looking to set up K-12 education operations in the GCC, a top-tier regional university looking to optimize its logistical and financial operations, and the strategy development for the establishment of a regionally focused think tank.

We have also developed a feasibility study for a GCC based academic medical city, and worked with policy makers to develop strategies for improving educational capacity for nursing and allied health specialists.