For Algerian economy, Africa's fourth economy, to be able to compete successfully both at national and international levels, production systems and equipment must perform at much better levels. Requirements for increased product quality, reduced throughput time and enhanced operating effectiveness within a rapidly changing customer demand environment continue to demand a high maintenance performance. Unfortunately, few companies in Algeria address the significant synergies of knowledge and skills in maintenance and maintenance operations. Currently, there are no any maintenance programmes at academic level while training in maintenance is isolated being performed solely in few large companies.
Today, the universities are further stressed by huge classes, overstressed infrastructures, inadequate and unskilled supervisors, insufficient and old equipment, and a lack of up-to-date educational and scientific materials. Vocational education suffers from problems with the language of instruction, poor teaching, haphazard job placement (lack of systematization), lack of industrial linkages, and lack of flexibility. These problems produce graduates with inadequate skills in unwanted areas and the inability to adapt. Investing in education and training in maintenance engineering and management at all professional levels, engineers, managers and technical personnel in various industries, will boost the Algerian economic competitiveness and will create thousands of new jobs in universities, training centres, and for engineers, managers and technicians in all economic sectors. Youth, men and women, will find a rewarded carrier path and professional satisfaction in Algerian economic sector.
The Algerian National Laboratory in Maintenance Education, ANL-MEd, has the mission to create the next generation educated workforce in industry. There are two major driving forces for the ANL-MEd project proposal: i) Matching the educational and training programmes at universities to the needs of industry and generally of the Algerian economy, for creation of new jobs. ii) Creation of a strong coalition between university - industry - governmental organizations for long-term collaboration in education, training and research, for revitalization of Algerian economy and in particular of Algerian industry.
ANL-MEd assembles for 36 months a consortium with 14 partners with unique combination of skills and expertise. The consortium, coordinated by USTHB, has a hierarchical structure that ensures an efficient communication and cooperation. Four European universities with solid competence in maintenance engineering and management will contribute to development of teaching material and training students, teacher, trainers and industry staff. The four Algerian universities will collaborate with EU partners and the Algerian industrial partners to develop and implement the specialization and training programmes, and to create the ANL-ORG, the national laboratory which will coordinates all activities related to maintenance education. The key factor for implementation of the project objectives is the active collaboration between academic and industrial partners. Therefore, important resources have been allocated for creating a harmonious working environment – ANL-ORG – with activities for creating synergies between project partners and stakeholders. This will contribute to strengthening the active cooperation between university and industry, as well between Algeria and EU. The project activities are distributed in 7 work packages according to a detailed work plan that adequately structures the efforts into manageable work packages with clear responsibilities and objectives. For improved effectiveness in the project for organization of implementation, the partners are grouped in three clusters: ANL-EDUC – cluster for education, ANL-VET – cluster for vocational education and training and ANL-ORG for organization of the ANL, coordinating the resources for integration, communication and exploitation.