A recent report from Coursera, an online learning platform, has found a 26 per cent year-over-year growth in registered learners from the region.
This growth, it said, is primarily driven by strategic partnerships and innovative platform developments.
Alongside this, Coursera has unveiled its third annual Job Skills Report, providing a comprehensive overview for those navigating the evolving landscape of employment and education.
With the year’s focus extending to leadership, cybersecurity, and AI, and insights from five million enterprise learners affiliated with 3,000 businesses, 3,600 higher education institutions, and governments in over 100 countries, the recently launched report reveals the fastest-growing skills expected to shape the workforce in 2024 and beyond.
With a spotlight on the MENA region, the report underscores the fastest-growing job skills for 2024 across various domains.
Adaptability, Customer Success, and Customer Relationship Management stand out in the business skills category.
Meanwhile, in data science, Power BI, Business Intelligence, and PostgreSQL are gaining prominence.
In the tech skills domain, Android Development, React (Web Framework), and Front-End Web Development are set to top the priority list for learners.
Coursera shared that it has also witnessed a surge in interest in Generative AI content globally.
Searches for genAI content on Coursera grew fourfold in 2023 compared to the previous year.
Responding to this demand, leading university and industry partners launched 35+ courses or projects on genAI, resulting in a staggering 570,500 enrollments among all learners. That means roughly every minute in 2023, someone enrolled in genAI content on Coursera.
“As we look ahead to the future, where learning and skills are constantly evolving, Coursera continues to lead the way in empowering individuals and organizations in the MENA region. With new offerings and advanced platform innovations, we are pioneering AI-driven educational solutions to further enhance personalized learning experiences for our learners. We remain committed to making high-quality education easily accessible, contributing to the region’s progress and preparing learners for success in the ever-changing global landscape,” said Kais Zribi, Coursera’s General Manager for the Middle East and Africa.