SAP Partners with Libyan General People’s Committee for Higher Education

August 24, 2008 by SAP News 0

11 Educational Institutions Sign Contracts with SAP and UNESCO to Build Libya’s ICT Capabilities

Tripoli, LibyaSAP Middle East & North Africa LLC announced it has officially partnered with Libya’s General People’s Committee for Higher Education, GPCHE (Libya Ministry of Higher Education) to develop 11 University Competence Centers (UCCs) across the country.

As part of SAP’s global University Alliance program, each competence center will offer a hands-on IT certification program that will help build the IT skills and technological infrastructure required to support the development of Libya’s growing knowledge economy.

Underlining the importance of collaboration, the partnership will support GPCHE National ICT Project for Capacity Building, a large-scale higher education initiative which aims to boost Libya’s Higher Education ICT resources through a series of projects developed in conjunction with UNESCO and the private sector.

At a special signing ceremony in Tripoli attended by several members of GPCHE, alongside senior representatives of UNESCO and SAP, Libya’s Deputy Minister of Education stressed the significance of the alliance.

“The Libyan General People’s Committee for Higher Education is proud to be partnering with technology partners such as SAP and UNESCO to introduce a nationwide ICT-based educational program that will empower our students with essential ICT skills,” said Dr. Abdolkhabir Alfahkry, Libyan Deputy Minister of Higher Education. “Education is what will ultimately fuel the Libyan economy and ensure opportunities for all. The development of key ICT skills through programs such as UCC not only enhances Libya’s competitiveness, but lays the groundwork for long-term economic success.”

SAP has been contracted by nine universities and two educational institutions including: Alfateh University, University of Garyounis, Sebha University, Omar El-Mokhtar, 7th of October University, University of 7th of April, Altahadi University, Elmergib University, Elgabal Elgharb University, Eclectics & Mechanical Eng. Higher Institute, and Electronic Eng. Higher Institute.

UNESCO, which is executing the ICT capacity Building project with the General People’s Committee for Higher Education, will lend their expertise as a consultant overseeing its implementation and ensuring that each project is in-line with Libya’s overall economic development strategy.

Empowered with critical IT skills, SAP believes that graduates of their program will be prepared for Libya’s growing modernization and economic diversification, which is creating opportunities for IT services in a range of industries.

“SAP’s University Competence Center will equip Libyan students with IT and business process management skills essential to the development of Libya’s economy,” said Sergio Maccotta, Managing Director of SAP MENA. “By joining forces with the Libyan General People’s Committee for Higher Education, we are helping expand the availability of ICT resources and prepare a generation of students for the future.”

Libya has been making major strides in the ICT sector, with increased investment and ambitious reforms in the higher education system helping fuel this development. With mobile penetration reaching almost 100% and new deployment for WiMAX and FTTH by the main telecom operators underway, Libya is rapidly gaining the tools to become one of the fastest growing economies in Africa.

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