The Hariri Foundation began its Retraining Program in the United States in January 1986 with the goal of equipping 244 Lebanese professionals with the improved skills and knowledge that would enable them meet the future employment needs of Lebanon. The program consisted of three phases, with the first two phases laying the groundwork for the last and most important phase, hands-on practical training.
- Phase 1 provided the participant with the opportunity to acquire graduate level English proficiency in all skill areas.
- Phase 2 provided the participant with the opportunity to complement and upgrade his/her previous education by updating and refocusing their subject knowledge base.
- Phase 3 provided on-the-job training in a leading firm or institution in the participant’s end-goal profession, during which the participants applied their classroom knowledge and enhanced their professional skills.
As of December 1989 the results of the 3-year program were:
- 73 participants successfully completed the 3-phase program.
- 56 participants were approved for and successfully completed degree programs at their Retraining Program institutions.
- The other 115 completed their English and part of their academic program.