Libyan-North American Scholarship Program Update
February 1, 2016
As Libyan sponsored students and host institutions are aware, CBIE’s administration of the Libyan North American Scholarship Program ended on September 30, 2015. However, taking into consideration the continuing challenges that Libyan students are facing, and valuing CBIE’s experience as a leader in the field of international education and scholarship management, the Libyan Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, supported by the Education Committee of the House of Representatives, has recently requested CBIE’s re-engagement with the program.
Given our abiding concern about the well-being of Libyan sponsored students, we are pleased to inform you that on January 29, 2016, CBIE signed an 18-month agreement, entering into a new phase of the administration of the Libyan-North American Scholarship Program. In addition to administering the program, the new agreement stipulates that CBIE will collaborate to strengthen the Libyan Ministry of Higher Education’s institutional capacity. This additional focus on capacity development will include critical pillars of knowledge and training related to North American educational systems, immigration regulations, communication protocols, and financial management, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that our colleagues in the Libyan Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research are well-positioned to resume administering the program at the end of the new 18-month agreement period.
However, it is critical to stress that CBIE’s re-engagement in administering the program is contingent on receiving sufficient funds to cover tuition fees for fall 2015 through to summer 2016 and health insurance premiums for one year, as well as an advance of six months of living allowances.
Although CBIE has not yet received this required budget, the Libyan Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the Libyan Central Bank, and the Libyan Audit Bureau have expressed their commitment to transfer the required funds by the end of February 2016, as agreed in the signed agreement.
It is very important to note that CBIE is not in a position to recommence full administration of the program until the required program funds have been received. As such, we are currently unable to respond to telephone calls and emails. However, we understand the critical circumstances facing students and encourage all sponsored students and host institutions to bookmark our website (http://cbie.ca/what-we-do/student-portal/libyan-north-american-scholarship-program/) where we will post regular LNASP updates and announcements as more information becomes available. We appreciate your cooperation and patience.
CBIE recognizes the political situation in Libya is evolving, and we wish to remind all stakeholders that we remain a non-political organization dedicated to the professional administration of international scholarship programs. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to the opportunity to support capacity-building for Libya and sponsored students.
Finally, CBIE would like to thank the Libyan Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the Libyan Central Bank, the Libyan Audit Bureau, and the Education Committee of the House of Representatives for their continued support and commitment to Libyan sponsored students in North America.