|General Information about HESS|
Higher Education Statistical System (HESS)
The Higher Education Statistical System was established in 2009. It is an electronic system designed to collect and publish the data of higher education sector in the Sultanate. The data includes information of students in the local higher education institutions (HEIs) and students studying abroad. Also, it includes data about staff (including academic and non-academic staff) in all HEIs in the Sultanate, as well as, general and specific financial information about each HEI. Information are uploaded to HESS by the HEIs, directorate general of scholarships at Ministry of Higher Education and the relevant government institutions based on specific period of time, fields, standards and technical regulations. The Higher Education Admission Center (HEAC) manages the system.
The data is annually collected by HESS and represents an academic year for all HEIs. It is collected during an interval of three months each year.
Objective of HESS
The system provides an integrated statistical database of the higher education sector in the Sultanate to help decision makers and concerning authorities in setting strategies and plans that can contribute in developing the higher education system. Also, it provides data for research councils and other relevant bodies for scientific researches.
Components of Statistical System
Who will benefit from the statistical system data?
Electronic services provided by HESS
The Ministry of Higher Education represented by HEAC, in coordination with the Information Technology Authority (ITA) is working on a project to develop the HESS system. The objective of the project is to connect public and private HEIs with the Ministry electronically. So, the collection of the higher education sector’s data will be dynamic and immediate and based on a central and standardized database. This will make it easy to exchange data with the government bodies such as, The Manpower Registry, Ministry of Civil Services and National Centre for Statistics and Information.
Challenges and difficulties
The HEAC faces some difficulties in collecting data to HESS from HEIs such as: