Meeting Liberia’s Growth Sector Skills Demand through Centers of Excellence in Higher Education

Author(s): 
Yark Kolva, Jose Alfaro, Andrew Baird, Sara Rimer, & Edith Tarplah
Organization/Affiliation(s): 
RTI International and USAID
Resource Type: 
Publication Date: 
Sep 11, 2012

Meeting Liberia’s Growth Sector Skills Demand through Centers of Excellence in Higher Education was presented under the Workforce Development Track at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. Drawing from their experience in Liberia, session presenters from RTI International and University of Michigan share promising practices for developing university-based centers of excellence that produce skilled graduates meeting private sector demand. Specific tools and models to be discussed include:

  • Social Marketing to recruit students to career paths in sectors with high growth potential;
  • Reinforcement of basic skills and soft skills through innovative peer-to-peer mentoring and summer programs;
  • Market-aligned curriculum development that provides technical training for in-demand skills; and
  • University-to-university capacity building to transfer best practices in higher education.
Topic: 
Workforce Development
Regions: 
Global
Tags: 
2012 GYEOC Resource
Education
Entrepreneurship
Training & Capacity
Youth