Tripoli, 5 February 2014:
Studying abroad and learning English featured at this week’s Education and Training Fair at Tripoli University.
Several Tripoli-based English language schools were represented, including the Oxford English Academy and the Janzour School. Both schools also offer students opportunities to study abroad. A teacher from the Janzour School, Rasha Ben Saleh, said that the institution was getting a lot of interest in pilot training programmes and engineering MScs at Maltese academies.
English, however, remained the most popular subject. “People nowadays are really interested in learning English,” Ben Saleh said. “Most of our students have quite a low level of English to start with but they are very enthusiastic and willing to learn.”
There were several colleges based in the UK there, including the Oxford Business College. “It is a delight to be here and the response has been overwhelming,” college director Padmesh Gupta told the Libya Herald. “People have been telling us they want to go abroad to learn English and then return to Libya to make a contribution.”
The college has also signed a contract with the Ministry of Labour to take 200 students, who are expected to start English language courses in Oxford in April. However, after their visit had shown how many opportunities there were in Libya, Gupta said, the college was thinking of opening a institution in Tripoli.
The Canadian School in Libya was there, as was a new Canadian school, the Libcan Academy, which opens next week. Initially offering short courses, including English language, for adults, the school plans to open for primary school children in September.
The fair, which ended today, was sponsored by the Ministry of Higher Education. [/restrict]