Investing in Innovation

Investing in Innovation

Why it Matters

Achieving economic growth and prosperity requires a society that is innovative and forward looking. Rather than being solely a consumer, Libya must aspire to also be a contributor to scientific and technological innovation. Science, technology, and innovation are catalysts for social progress and the basis for a prosperous economy. Libya must develop a science, technology, and innovation framework that channels resources to scientific research, research and development, improving the technical capabilities of the national workforce, and in raising the quality of teaching in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

Investing in Innovation

Why it Matters

Achieving economic growth and prosperity requires a society that is innovative and forward looking. Rather than being solely a consumer, Libya must aspire to also be a contributor to scientific and technological innovation. Science, technology, and innovation are catalysts for social progress and the basis for a prosperous economy. Libya must develop a science, technology, and innovation framework that channels resources to scientific research, research and development, improving the technical capabilities of the national workforce, and in raising the quality of teaching in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

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My Plan for Libya

Promoting Technical Vocational Education and Training

Libya’s education system has traditionally promoted early specialization whereby more successful students are tracked into academic streams while poor performing students are tracked into technical vocational education and training (TVET). Rather than attracting students interested in emerging new technical fields, Libya’s intermediate vocational and higher vocational centers are viewed as institutions which enroll students whose grades are below the level required for academic tracks at the secondary and tertiary level. Improving the image of the TVET system and strengthening it will be essential to promote specialization of students in promising economic sectors such as renewable energy, tourism, agriculture, and construction which are essential for job creation and will be important to economic diversification.

Increasing University-based Research and Commercialization

The research function has gradually been marginalized in Libyan universities. University research centers are few and do not have access to critical resources. Commercialization of academic research can be accomplished by investing in the creation of industry-specific business incubators, upgrading the capacity of existing incubators, as well as establishing links between industry and academia.

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Support Aref’s Plan for Investing in Innovation

Rather than being solely a consumer, Libya must aspire to also be a contributor to scientific and technological innovation. Add your name to support Aref Nayed’s plan to move Libya forward by investing in research and development and improving the technical capabilities of the national workforce.