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The Tomorrow’s Leaders College to Work Pipeline (TLP), a project initiated by the U.S. Department of State, Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) with the collaboration of the American University of Beirut (AUB) and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), offers a demonstrated pipeline conducive to gainful employment to currently enrolled TL students and helps students link with potential employers to maximize their employability mainly in their home countries answering TL main mission: Help youth in the MENA region to be agents of change in their community.
The LAU TLP Program is led by the School of Engineering under the directorship of Dean Lina Karam.
The overall goal of this project is to provide a pipeline for TL students to find meaningful employment in the region upon graduation. This proposal will support two objectives:
- Project Objective 1: Foster employment opportunities and job preparedness for youth leadership through partnerships and matching
- Project Objective 2: Foster entrepreneurial initiatives and provide financial and legal support to launch startups and incentivize job creation
The LAU TLP Model
The LAU TLP model will be based on a transformative approach to enhancing higher education by engaging undergraduate and graduate students in faculty-industry co-mentored, multidisciplinary real-world projects. Students will work within vertically-integrated teams that are led by faculty, coached by graduate students, and co-mentored by industry partners. Students will also get the opportunity to participate in internships, workshops and presentations by distinguished leaders. Students will also get exposed to entrepreneurship and start-ups.
The TLP program will open door to TL students to directly work with and receive feedback from industry partners, their potential future employers. Such active engagements on interdisciplinary academia-industry co-mentored projects across schools and disciplines would allow the students to grow their skills beyond their traditional discipline and to work in teams on timely real-world problems and to increase their employability by developing skills needed in the workplace.