Vocational education and training programmes in the Libyan higher education sector : an exploratory study

Elzalitni, SM 2008, Vocational education and training programmes in the Libyan higher education sector : an exploratory study , PhD thesis, Salford : University of Salford.

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Libya traditionally suffers from a shortage of skilled manpower. In the 1990s a network of higher education institutions (HEIs) known as Public Higher Vocational Education and Training Colleges (PHVETCs), was introduced to enhance the supply of necessary qualified manpower. As in many other countries, HEIs in Libya have experienced massive expansion in terms of quantitative growth and geographic distribution in recent years. However, despite significant and positive impacts of this expansion on the society, a number of analysts argue that HEIs have increased in number and not in quality. The assumption behind this research is that HEIs in general and PHVETCs in particular suffer from a lack of appropriate planning mechanisms and procedures. Thus, the main problem of this research is formulated as: What determines the establishment and location of PHVETCs as an important public service in Libya? This study was exploratory and descriptive in nature and used both qualitative and quantitative research methods. The research was conducted by collecting and analysing primary and secondary sources of documented material, as well as undertaking an empirical data collection. Some of the research key findings are: there is a substantial mismatch between the outcome of PHVETCs and the exact requirements of the society; most of the PHVETCs suffer from limited human and physical resources, and the unavailability of standard criteria for the establishment and development of PHVETCs. On the bases of the data analysis and the findings, a model based on a set of proposed criteria has been put forward to be used by educational planners in Libya in establishing or improving existing PHVETCs. Key words: Higher Education, Libya, Vocational Education and Training.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Contributors: Lees, MA (Supervisor)
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 13:34
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2022 11:26
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/26663

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