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A highly educated and skilled workforce is critical to enabling Libya to overcome its current protracted conflict and effectively compete in the regional and global economy. Given the importance of education to post-conflict recovery, we were asked by a client to build Libya’s first post-Revolution private higher education institution. The project was a US $10 million symbolic commitment to the future of the country and the ability of its youth to move forward towards a brighter future.
Our first step was to conduct a detailed assessment of the Libyan higher education system. While Libya has made significant gains in educational access, its education and training system faces a variety of challenges such as weak administration, inadequate facilities, shortages of quality educators, and a lack of alignment with the national needs. We supported the client in developing strategic plans to define governance, budgets, beneficiaries and priority academic fields for degree programs and executive training courses.
To deal with the governance challenges of a country reemerging from conflict, we recommended an initial focus on offerings targeting civil servants to provide critical technical competence needed for public sector management. With our assistance, the organization formed academic partnerships with institutions including Georgetown University and the National University Singapore. These relationships enabled the fledgling institution to offer first of its kind programs in areas critical to Libya’s public sector reforms.
Developing strong global partnerships remains central to providing overseas professional training programs where students can spend time at elite global institutions while minimizing the ongoing security risk of delivering academic programs in an uncertain political climate. These global academic experiences are shaped to upskill the Libyan public sector workforce to fulfill emerging organizational standards while permanent campuses are constructed.
Since 70% of the employed population works in the public sector or a state-owned entity, improving skills across the public sector is critical to Libya’s future. With our support, this new institution is preparing talented Libyan youth for careers in public service where they can actively transform their communities and country. The institution continues to be one of the only private training institutions dedicated to educating Libya’s next generation of leaders and a beacon of hope in what has become a protracted conflict that holds back the full execution of this bold initiative.