The overall objective of EHELD was to build regionally recognized and competitive academic Centers of Excellence (CoEs) to produce graduates who become leading professionals and entrepreneurs in the fields of engineering and agriculture in Liberia.
The project achieved these objectives by pursuing three district but related areas of activity. First, EHELD developed a pipeline of secondary school students to attract, enthuse, and adequately prepare equal numbers of young Liberian women and men to agriculture and engineering CoE programs. Second, EHELD worked with the leaders and faculty of Cuttington University (CU) and the University of Liberia (UL) to create CoEs in agriculture and engineering. Third, leaders within government, businesses, and the donor community were engaged and empowered to engage the private sector into the EHELD initiative. TMG was a sub-partner supporting Research Triangle Institute in their assessment that informed USAID, the implementing partner Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International, and sub-partners as well as other stakeholders, including the host country universities, the Government of Liberia (GOL), and private sector partners on how well the projects’ planned activities and strategy contributed to the achievement of its expected results; provided further guidance for effective project implementation over the remaining period to help ensure the achievement of the project results and the sustainability of those results; generated lessons learned; and informed future decisions about the project or the design of similar projects in the future.