Muammar al-Gaddafi (1942-2011)


Muammar al-Gaddafi was a Libyan politician and political theorist. He was the Chairman of the Libyan Arab Republic from 1969 to1977 and then from 1977 to 2011 he governed the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.


He was awarded an honorary Doctorate by Megatrend University for the one of the biggest civilian development project that he undertook in Libya during his rule. Name of the project is The Great Man-Made River and it represents a massive engineering project consisting of a network of underground pipes that would bring fresh water from ancient underground aquifers deep in the Sahara to the drought suffering Libyan cities. Gaddafi’s dream was to provide fresh water for everyone, and to turn the desert green, making Libya self-sufficient in food production. Gaddafi’s Great Man-Made River Project become water delivery system that has changed lives of Libyans all across the country.


Note: The award was withdrawn at the request of the US and United Kingdom embassies in Belgrade.