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The Community College Concept and Youth Unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

  • Shahrzad Kamyab
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Abstract

This chapter introduces the reader to the dire situation of youth unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and explores the possibility of adopting some features of the Community College concept in an effort to alleviate the overwhelming youth unemployment in the region. To do this, the initiative to adopt the Community College concept in Tunisia is examined. Other options to counter youth unemployment include reforming the educational systems and introducing entrepreneurial startups to employ youth in a digital sector. An example of the entrepreneurial option is presented in Iran. The MENA countries in general, and particularly Tunisia in this case, can benefit from adopting some features of the US Community College concept into their higher education systems to prepare youth for the world of work. Features specific to a community college model such as counseling, community service, connection to the industry and internships/apprenticeships, can easily be built into the existing MENA technical/vocational schools at the post secondary level.

Keywords

Community college Youth unemployment Middle east North Africa Tunisia Iran Start up Soft skills AMAL MENA Lebanon NCA TCCSP World bank US embassy Youth bulge 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ConsultantInternational EducationSan DiegoUSA

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