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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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