31 October 2021

Arab Professors Despair of Poor Working Conditions

University professors in Arab countries have long complained about poor wages, but recent interviews and research also found widespread dissatisfaction with other work conditions, such as a lack of basic benefits and short-term contracts that make their livelihoods precarious. Read more

Education Minister Gives Private Universities 30 days to “Fix” Their Situation 

The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Omran Al-Gieb, said that 74 private universities in Libya “is an illogical number given the Libyan population”, adding that those universities “have become shops selling degrees”. Read more

Libya Lets Universities Reopen Based on Their Covid-19 Preparedness 

Some 181 colleges across Libya’s public and private universities will begin their academic year in-person in mid-October, under a new pandemic preparedness evaluation system adopted by the country’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Read more

Makerere University to Host Kings of Africa Rugby Sevens 

Makerere University will this weekend host the Kings of Africa Rugby Sevens. The tournament will see Universities from Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, Botswana and Libya fight look to book a ticket to the World University Games in Kazan, Russia next year. Read more

Ministry Announces Mandatory COVID Jabs for Universities

The Libyan minister of higher education and scientific research (MHESR) has announced that no one will be allowed to enter any university or a higher education institution without a certificate proving that they have had the coronavirus vaccine. Read more

Reasons for Private Universities’ High Ranking Questioned

Five private universities have been ranked among the top 10 higher institutions in the national ranking system, with one private university outperforming public universities in key performance indicators. Read more

‘Shops Selling Degrees’ No Longer Tolerated, Says Minister

Only 10 private higher education institutions out of 74 in Libya are allowed to accept new students to curb the proliferation of “shops selling degrees”, the minister of higher education and scientific research announced. Read more

Suspension of 11 Private Universities from Practicing Educational Activities 

The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research announced the suspension of 11 private higher education institutions, most of whom are based in Tripoli, from practicing any academic activities. Read more


30 September 2021

Pandemic Evaluation System for Universities Established

No fewer than 33 faculties across Libya’s tertiary sector have been closed following the implementation of an evaluation system by the ministry of higher education and scientific research to determine the readiness of public and private higher education institutions… Read more


31 August 2021

Academics Want Research Capacity to Boost Economic Growth

Libyan universities are looking to boost research capacity targeted at economic sectors that will be vital as the country attempts to recover from seven years of civil war that started in 2014. Read more

Libya Closes 20 Private Universities and Colleges

The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Libya has closed 20 private colleges and universities in various parts of the country for failing to meet academic standards. Read more

Libyan Higher Education Minister Has High Aims but Scant Funds

Omran Al-Qeeb, the minister of higher education and scientific research in Libya’s new Government of National Unity, is working to overcome major challenges that confront the nation’s universities. Read more

University Communities Reject Israel’s AU Observer Status

Several student unions and organisations representing faculty from African countries such as Tunisia, Algeria, Libya and South Africa have voiced their opposition to awarding Israel observer status to the African Union (AU), a move that has been rejected by African countries for nearly two decades. Read more


31 July 2021

New Vision for Libyan Private Higher Education Unveiled

To control the rapid increase in unaccredited, sub-standard private universities that produce unemployable graduates, Libya’s Students Organisation of Private Higher Education has unveiled a new vision for the private higher education sector in the country. Read more

UNIMED – The Internationalisation of Higher Education in the Mediterranean

The study aims to investigate the internationalisation of higher education, to identify obstacles and challenges, to outline transferable inspiring practices and finally to make a series of recommendations for the Union for the Mediterranean to foster regional integration. Read more


30 June 2021

Libya and Russia Discuss Increased Higher Education Cooperation

Libya’s Minister of Finance, Khaled Mabrouk, and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Imran Al-Geeb, met Mikhail Bogdanov, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Personal Envoy of President Putin for …Read more

Minister of Higher Education Meets with President and Deans of Faculties of Fezzan University

The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Omran Al-Qeeb has discussed with the president and deans of faculties at Fezzan University, the problems and obstacles facing the progress of the educational process at the university, in order to solve them. Read more

Stolen Asset Recovery: What Can Universities Do?

African universities have been late to join the battle for the recovery of stolen assets that resulted from illicit financial flows (IFF), which have an adverse impact on public revenue and are ultimately reducing the money allocated to education. Read more

The Internationalisation of Higher Education in the Mediterranean

… the UfM launched a study, conducted by the Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED), aimed at being an effective tool for policymakers and other stakeholders. The study investigates the internationalisation of higher education in 10 countries – Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, … Read more


31 May 2021

Libyan PM Vows to Resume Education Infrastructure Projects

The Libyan Prime Minister Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah vowed in an address at the Tripoli University on Sunday to resume the education infrastructure projects in every way possible, saying “there are no real reasons why such projects have been suspended for so long at Tripoli, Benghazi and Sabha universities”. Read more

Libya’s Universities Face Renaissance if New Peace Can Hold

Nearly a year on from a spottily respected United Nations-brokered ceasefire between Libya’s warring factions, the country’s universities are hoping a planned new national government will deliver sufficient stability to overhaul their higher education system. Their goal is to raise standards in both teaching and research. Read more

Minister of Higher Education Discusses Difficulties Facing Al-Marqab University

The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Omran Al-Qeeb met on Monday, with a delegation from Al-Khums municipality. Read more


30 April 2021

North Africa Hit by Brain Drain of ICT Graduates

Talent migration of highly skilled information and communication technology (ICT) professionals from North African countries to the high-income European Union member states is contributing to a brain drain in the region. Read more


31 January 2021

Academics Demand Better Pay and Improved Benefits

The general coordination committee of faculty members of higher education institutions in Libya has called on all universities to implement a sit-in and suspend teaching and learning activities until the relevant authorities take practical measures to address the salary levels, health benefits and general working conditions of staff. Read more


30 September 2020

Accreditation Measures to Improve Medical Training Quality

In a move aimed at improving the quality of medical education in Libya, public, private and foreign medical higher education institutions are now required to secure accreditation from the  (NCQAA). Read more

Ministry Launches National University Rankings

In an effort to boost quality and enhance competitiveness among national universities, Libya has launched a new national ranking system for public and private Libyan universities. Read more 


31 March 2020

Six Countries Announce Closures of Universities

Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Sudan have followed Algeria in closing universities temporarily as part of wider efforts to halt the communal spread of the coronavirus in North Africa. Read more


31 October 2019

Ministry Takes Action to Raise National Research Quality

Libya, the country with the highest rate of research retractions in the Northern African region, has unveiled several measures to raise the quality of research and restore the credibility of its scientific publications. Read more

Mixed Response to Merger of Private and Public Universities

In a move aimed at improving quality, Libya’s private universities are set to lose their autonomy and will be brought under the ambit of public universities. While the decision has been welcomed by the Center for Quality Assurance and Accreditation as a means to crack down on unaccredited institutions, on the ground, opinion is strongly divided. Read more

15 May 2017

Disgruntled University Staff Strike over Unpaid Bonuses

Libya’s higher education teaching staff – already fed up with what they believe is inadequate government funding for higher education as well as the general lack of security and political instability – began an indefinite strike on 23 May over the issue of overtime and bonus payments, effectively shutting higher education institutions throughout the country. Lire plus

31 January 2017

Sirte University Prepares to Reopen

While high prices and shortages of building materials are challenging townspeople returning to Sirte, plans are under way to restart higher education. Read more

30 June 2016

Drastic Measures Needed to Rebuild Higher Education

Poor investment, weak capacity and security, as well as political instability and onerous bureaucracy in war-torn Libya have produced a higher education system characterised by inadequate infrastructure and graduates poorly prepared for jobs. Read more

October 2015

Higher Education Disrupted by War, Hopes for Recovery Recent weeks have seen some university students in Libya sit examinations. Read more

June 2015

University-Business Incubator to Boost the Economy A Tripoli University Business Incubator is to be created in the Libyan capital in an effort to narrow the gap between university educational outputs and the needs of the workplace, and to encourage new businesses. Read more

Febuary 2015

Pro-Islamic State Militants Seize University Militants claiming loyalty to Islamic State have seized the university in the central Libyan city of Sirte. Read more


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