National ICT Project for Capacity Building in Higher Education
UNESCO considers the use of ICT in and for education as both a necessity and an opportunity all over the world. The use of ICT can be in important source for more equitable and pluralistic development in education and therefore to be an important factor in achieving the goals of the Education for All (EFA) by the year of 2015. At the same time it is viewed that education can prepare both individuals and society to benefit from ICT that increasingly permeate realms of life.
In this context, on the 2 July 2007 an agreement between UNESCO and the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya was signed concerning the establishment of a self-benefiting Funds-in-Trust of US$72 million for the programme “National ICT Project for Capacity Building in Higher Education”. It was agreed that UNESCO’s Communication and Information Sector will implement the projects to use ICT to reform Libya’s higher education and scientific research systems. More specifically, this includes the construction of a national wide area network connecting all Libyan university campuses and the establishment of local area networks, data centers, computer labs, e-classrooms, infrastructure applications, video on demand, specific application systems, online educational content, digital libraries, and multimedia production facilities for each university.
- Recently in October 2010 the 6th annual Project Steering Committee Meeting (PSC) was held in Tripoli, Libya, between key players in order to review the on-going project as well as to discuss future projects. The key players manifested their readiness to excel and accelerate the advancement of the project and ensure full implementation of the professional development of faculty of the Libyan Universities. Also it was outlined that the “Training of Master Trainers Workshop” that commenced in September 2010 was a very positive initiative to speed up the process and ensure full implementation of the professional development of faculty of the Libyan Universities.