Erasmus+ KA2– Capacity-building in the Field of Higher Education
WHEEL–Network for the Modernisation of the Higher Education Sector in Libya
Start: 15/01/2019 - End: 14/01/2022
Project Reference: 598610-EPP-1-2018-1-IT-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
EU Grant: 997,997 EUR
Coordinated by: University of Genova
Partners: Universidad de Alicante, Al-Asmarya Islamic University, Bani Waleed University, Libyan International Medical University, Misurata University,
Sebha University, Sirte University, University of Benghazi, University of Elmergib, University of Tripoli, University of Zawia.
WHEEL is a logical next step to act on the findings from the UNIGOV project on the main challenges facing Libyan HEIs. In a divided country, with no reliable countrywide HE data collection since the outbreak of the 2011 revolution, a vision of the role of HE is missing. Libyan universities are limited in their ability to collaborate & share knowledge. They also suffer from lack of funding, poor technological capabilities and no possibilities of professional development.
To address all of the above, WHEEL will formalise a Network of HEIs to foster interinstitutional collaboration and dialogue and to allow the Consortium, which represents around 75% of Libya’s university population, to act as a unified voice in lobbying for policy developments. The Network will gather a comprehensive dataset of current HE statistics collected through the WHEEL project (Blueprint policy document). The creation of an online platform to facilitate the activities of this Network will be accompanied by technological upgrades within each Libyan HEI. The main efforts will go towards improving institutional management, capacity and other key functions (quality assurance, development of research & innovation capacities, etc.) through a series of ‘train the trainer’ workshops and regional & national conferences
As the Libyan members of the Consortium will own all outcomes and products after the project ends, the WHEEL Network and its findings will be sustainable in the long-term. In the short term, the Consortium’s institutional and technological capacities will be improved and the HEIs will possess qualified and trained staff to continue to progress these capabilities
Effective regional & national dissemination through newsletters & social media will attract non-member HEIs to the Network, which will gain a critical mass to influence policy and promote development in other local HEIs, but also to continue to develop and expand the Network, which crosses political and geographical border
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