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Libyan Government Sends More Students to the UK Since 2013

Bashir Eshteiwi, the Deputy Minister of Education, has expanded the budget for governmental scholarship programs to $2.85 billion. The funds will allow more Libyan students the chance to pursue their advanced education overseas.

 
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Bournemouth, UK -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/13/2014 -- Working on rebuilding after the civil war of 2011, the Libyan government intends to develop education and training opportunities for its citizens. Consequentially, the Deputy Minister of Education, Bashir Eshteiwi, announced that they intend to expand the scholarship programs for Libyan students at the Arab Education Summit held in Amman, Jordan in 2013.

As Bashir Eshteiwi puts it, the country’s education program faced a few adversities, including the need for an informational infrastructure that can connect universities and colleges across Libya. In addition, the poor teaching standards and overcrowded institutions reduce students’ chances for better quality advanced education. To address this issue, the Deputy Minister of Education announced they intend to send 41,000 promising students abroad to complete their studies.

The budget allocated for the abroad scholarship program has increased exponentially following the government's decision. The former budget didn’t surpass $785 million, a sum that accounted for the funding and participation of only 12,500 Libyan students.

The new budget can support 31,000 students in year-long courses for English Language training programs. The role of the courses is to prepare Libyan students for further academic education at overseas institutions. The funds also account for students who already hold Master’s Degrees for advanced studies abroad and top Libyan students who intend to finish their studies abroad.

For the time being, the program is designed to provide training and skill upgrading to Libyan workers. The efforts necessary for the program to become success are not only made by the government, but also by other institutions such as the National Oil Corporation. The well-known corporation has announced that it’s willing to spend a budget of $50 - $60 million for improving their staff’s UK English language skills.

In Libya Herald, Abdulmonem Al Yasser, best explains the need for a bigger budget for studying abroad. The large investments in education were made to address the country’s unacceptable rate of unemployment, especially in the segment of young people. By extension, more funds allocated to education can account for Libya’s social and political stability in the long-run. By making education more accessible, it is believed that some of the security problems associated with unemployment can also be addressed.

According to the recent statistics provided by Libya’s Minister of Labour, there are over 300,000 unemployed in the country, more than half being in the 18 to 32 years old segment. In the light of these facts, boosting the funds for the government scholarship programs had to be a priority. To achieve this goal, the Libyan authorities will require a coordinated international assistance, particularly with respect to deployment of ICT and E-learning.

To support this movement, Libyan students who wish to seek better English language skills in the UK can contact ETC.

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