Libya

30 April 2024

Faculty, students rally to rebuild Derna after flood disaster
 
University of Derna in eastern Libya is rebuilding after devastating floods in September 2023. The disaster killed faculty, staff, and students, and heavily damaged university buildings. The university is working to resume classes while the city grapples with infrastructure issues and a lack of coordinated national support due to Libya’s political divisions. More

31 March 2024

UNIMED meeting with Libyan universities

UNIMED’s first Libyan event on February 21st, 2024 united Libyan universities, government officials, and the EU to discuss rebuilding the country’s education system. UNIMED Director Marcello Scalisi stressed collaboration for a sustainable, inclusive future, focusing on both short-term needs and long-term planning.  More

 

31 January 2024

Dbeibah Meets Female University Deans 

Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah met on Wednesday with the female deans of faculties at Libyan universities in the presence of the Minister of State for Women’s Affairs, Houria Tarmal, and members of the House of Representatives, Aisha Shalabi and Rabia Aburas. Read more

Nine Indonesian Students Have Successfully Completed Their Education at The Islamic Da’wah Lecture Institute in Tripoli, Libya

The Indonesian Embassy in Tripoli, represented by CDA / KUAI RI Dede Rifai, PF Pensosbud Rendy Ramanda, PF Consular Robert Edwin, and staff, attended a gathering and farewell event for 9 (nine) Indonesian students who had completed their undergraduate (S1) and postgraduate (S2) education… Read more

Tripoli University Signs Agreement with Labtech 

Tripoli University has signed a cooperation agreement with Libya’s LabTech company as part of the memorandum of understanding concluded with the Ministry of Environment on December 13 last year. Read more

 

30 November 2023

International Medical Engineering Day Conference and Exhibition, Tripoli 5 to 6 December 

The Tripoli based Libyan Ministry of Health announced on Thursday that its Medical Equipment, Supplies and Devices Department will be holding a conference and an exhibition celebrating International Medical Engineering Day. Read more

Libyan Tribute to ICESCO Director-General in Recognition of his Efforts in Education, Science and Culture

The Libyan delegation lauded the Organization’s further progress made towards the modernization and development of its organizational and administrative structure over the past four years, as well as its new vision, strategic orientations, action plans, initiatives and innovative programs, … Read more

Libya Reviews Joining University for Peace 

The Minister of Youth in the Government of National Unity, Fathallah El-Zenni, has discussed establishing an academic program to raise the capabilities of young people in the field of peacebuilding and conflict resolution in Libya. Read more

Security Agency Releases Union Leader, Protests to Continue

The leader of the General Syndicate of University Teaching Staff Members (GSUTSM), who disappeared from the union’s headquarters located on the campus of the University of Tripoli, Libya, on 16 November, has been released by the Tripoli-based Internal Security Agency (ISA). Read more

Stimulus Measures to Strengthen Role of HE in Achieving SDGs

Professors at Libyan universities, higher technical institutes and research centres have adopted several stimulus measures for strengthening the role of higher education institutions (HEIs) in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the corresponding targets of Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want, of the African Union. Read more 

Tobruk University Signs Mou with Germany’s Bayreuth University on Training, Scholarships and Research

German Ambassador to Libya, Michael Ohnmacht, announced yesterday that the German University of Bayreuth and Tobruk University had signed an MoU. The MoU involves: Capacity building. Read more

Tripoli University Hospital to Increase Clinical Capacity 

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for Medical Centres Affairs, Tawfiq Al-Darsi, on Tuesday, reviewed with the Director of Tripoli University Hospital the ongoing and suspended projects, as well as the work of electromechanical and equipment maintenance companies. Read more

Tripoli University’s President Briefs Presidential Council on Teaching Staff’s Demands

The acting President of the University of Tripoli, Ali Mosadak, gave Sunday a briefing to the Deputy Head of the Presidential Council, Abdullah Al-Lafi, regarding the demands of the faculty members and teaching staff amid the continued suspension of studies at the university, … Read more

Union Leader Allegedly Kidnapped as Labour Dispute Drags on

The alleged kidnapping of a union leader from the labour organisation’s headquarters located on the campus of the University of Tripoli, Libya, on 16 November has sparked outrage in the academic community and from human rights organisations. Read more

University Teaching Staff Syndicate Says its Chairman Has Been Kidnapped 

The General Syndicate of University faculty staff said its chairman, Abdel Fattah Al-Sayeh, was abducted by unknown people, adding in a statement that unknown persons kidnapped Al-Sayeh from Syndicate’s headquarters on Thursday morning, saying the Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah is responsible for his safety, … Read more

 

31 October 2023

20 Adult Open Heart Surgeries Performed at Tripoli University Hospital 

The Department of Senior Cardiac Surgery at Tripoli University Hospital announced last Thursday that it has successfully conducted 20 open-heart surgeries since the resumption of adult heart surgeries with the support of the Department of Support and Development of Medical Services (DSDMS). Read more

Benghazi University to hold 4th International Conference on Electrical Engineering and Information Technology 2023 

The University of Benghazi will be holding the 4th International Conference on Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (ICEEIT) from 30 to 31 October.The event is organized by the Libyan Authority for Scientific Research and hosted by the University of Benghazi. Read more

Rectors Strengthen Friendships with Francophone Association

Rectors of universities in North Africa and higher education institution members of the Francophone University Association (Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie), or AUF, have agreed to enhance partnerships to use scientific diplomacy to advance the economic, social and cultural development of these countries and the region. Read more

 

30 September 2023

Academic Union Announces HE Shut-Down Over Unmet Demands

The General Syndicate of University Teaching Staff Members (GSUTSM) in Libya has announced an open-ended sit-in protest and has suspended studies in all Libyan universities until all demands relating to overseas scholarships and payment of financial dues are addressed, holding the government responsible for the impact on education. Read more

As Death Toll Rises, Academics Rally to Help Flood Victims

The General Syndicate of University Teaching Staff Members (GSUTSM) in Libya has called on decision-makers to turn to universities as ‘houses of expertise’ after it emerged that a published paper had drawn attention last year to the possibility of floods in the Derna area hit by Storm Daniel this week. Read more

More HE Students Seek Private Tutoring – Is It a Problem?

While significant attention has been given to private supplementary tutoring (PST) in pre-university education, private tutoring in higher education has received little attention in the academic literature, despite it becoming more common in North African countries. Read more

Officials Suspended, Arrested Over Alleged Scholarship Fraud

The office of the Libyan Attorney General (AG) has ordered the arrest of a group of officials in the higher education ministry’s scholarships office in Türkiye accused of violating regulations in the awarding of scholarships to Libyan students worth about €14 million (US$15 million). Read more

President Weah Appoints Tubman University President

The President of the Republic, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah has appointed Dr. Olu Menjay as President of Tubman University (TU) in Harper, Maryland County. Read more

Two Liberian Study Tour Students Go Missing in Switzerland

At least two Liberian students from the United Methodist University (UMU) are reported missing in Switzerland while on a studies tour in Europe, … Read more

UEW Discusses with NCHE Strategies to Strengthen Liberia’s Higher Education System

The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has provided insight on quality assurance and best practices at the university to a three-member delegation from the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE), Liberia, to help strengthen the higher education system in Liberia. Read more

UEW Level 400 Physics Students Showcase Their Projects

Level 400 Physics Education students at the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) have showcased their projects on semiconductor physics, heat, and waves as part of the requirements for completing their programme of study. Read more

 

31 August 2023

Libya Capital Tripoli Rocked by Militia Clashes

Tensions flared between two of the Libyan capital’s most powerful armed factions. The oil-rich nation has been in a state of turmoil for over a decade. Read more

Studies Suspended at Tripoli University After Armed Clashes

The University of Tripoli yesterday announced the suspension of studies, exams and administrative work starting today following the outbreak of armed confrontations in the Libyan capital between security forces affiliated with the Government of National Unity (GNU) and the Presidential Council. Read more

Turkey Holds Exhibition to Encourage Libyan Attendance in Turkish Universities 

The Turkish Private Universities Exhibition kicked off in the capital, Tripoli, on Saturday, to help students interested in studying in Turkey choose their majors.” We are proud of our relations with Libya, and we have many common customs, … Read more

Violence Shuts Down Libya’s U. of Tripoli; Dubai Aims to ‘Future Proof’ Students

From Libya to Yemen, Sudan, Palestine and other Arab countries, higher-education institutions face great challenges caused by political and security crises that have repeatedly closed schools and universities. Read more

Universities Closed Amid Armed Clashes in The Capital

Universities in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, had to halt academic and administrative activities following heavy fighting between two rival armed groups, Al-Radaa Force and 444 Brigade, both linked to the government of national unity. Read more

 

31 July 2023

The First Italian University Master’s Degree in Tripoli – Source: Breaking Latest News

Italy brings its scientific excellence to Libya. And it does so with an academic medical mission promoted by the Unicamillus University, the DiLiegro Polyclinic and the Emergency Medicine & Support Center (EMSC), a Libyan medical unit also active abroad in humanitarian missions. Read more

 

31 May 2023

Benghazi University Agricultural Economy Conference

The Fourth Agricultural Economy Conference under the banner ”An Economic Vision for Raising Libya’s Agricultural Economy – Our Agricultural Sector is Our Safety Belt” will be held at Sloug Agricultural Faculty of Benghazi University… Read more

 

30 April 2023

Al-Zawiya University Discusses Obtaining Advanced Position in International Rankings

Al-Zawiya University has held the second periodic meeting of its international rankings committee in order to obtain an advanced position in the QS and Times rankings for the best universities in the world. Read more

BINA Signs MoU with Tripoli University Leadership and Innovation Centre

The Bina Libya Entrepreneurship Incubator signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation with the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre at the University of Tripoli. Read more

Libya’s Embassy in Khartoum Says No Need to Evacuate Students from Sudan

The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has said that Minister Omran Al-Qayeb, phoned Libya’s Ambassador in Khartoum, Fawzi Abu Meriz, to follow up on the situation of Libyan scholarship students in Sudan. Read more

Zawiya University Suspends Classes Amid Ongoing Protests and Security Concerns” 

The Zawiya University Student Union has announced the suspension of classes on Thursday in all colleges in the city due to ongoing protests. The union explained via its Facebook page that the city is witnessing “a popular uprising,” with major roads, entrances, the coastal road, and Martyrs’ Square closed in protest … Read more

 

31 March 2023

Digital Transformation Plan Launched, But in Need of Funding

Libya has launched its first digital transformation strategy, which will be implemented by the higher education sector and research institutions, among others, with the aim of working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more

Libyan University Plans Quranic Conference in September 

Slated for September 12-14, it will be organized by the university’s Faculty of Arabic Language, al-Mustaqbal reported. “Holy Quran, Arabic Expression at Highest Level” is the title of the scholarly event. Read more

Libya, Turkey Discuss Cooperation in Medical Training 

A committee commissioned by the Ministry of Health met with representatives of Turkish medical institutions to discuss cooperation in the field of training and treatment of Libyan patients in specific medical centres. Read more

Qatar University signs MoU with Libyan Academy

Qatar University (QU) and the Libyan Academy for Postgraduate Studies recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which will see the two parties exchange information, experience, including bulletins, periodicals, studies, statistics and data. Read more

Tripoli University Launches A-Hub Start-Up Accelerator Competition

Tripoli University launched the Libyan edition of the Islamic world’s A-Hub start-up accelerator competition on Tuesday under the banner “Turn your innovation into a successful company”. Read more

 

28 February 2023

Embrace It or Reject It? Academics Disagree About ChatGPT

From suggestions to ban ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot, to adjusting curricula and assessment formats, the academic community in North Africa, as in other parts of the world, disagrees about how the higher education sector should respond to the latest text tool. Read more

Libya Startup Project to Train Entrepreneurship Mentors and Trainers at Gharian University

The Libya Startup project is to train entrepreneurship mentors and trainers at Gharian University’s Business Incubator. Last week Gharian University Incubator launched a competition for interested faculty members to apply. Read more

Libyan Award for Scientific Excellence Wraps Up in Gharyan

The Libyan Award for Scientific Excellence wrapped up on Monday under the supervision of Gharyan University.The closing ceremony was attended by academic officials, including the presidents of Gharyan, Jufra, and Zintan universities, besides scientific researchers. Read more

Libyan Technical (TVET) Institutes Visit UK – Part of Almaharat Project 

The British Council reported Wednesday that leaders of twelve Libyan technical institutes visited the UK to benefit from the experiences and delivery of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Read more

New Six University Amphitheaters Opened at Tripoli University

The Prime Minister, Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, accompanied by the Governor of the Central Bank of Libya, Al-Siddiq Al-Kabeer, and the Head of the Audit Bureau, Khaled Shakshak, have participated in the opening ceremony of a new, fully-equipped complex of six amphitheaters at the University of Tripoli, … Read more

Shakshak, Al-Qayeb Review Stalled Projects at Tripoli University 

The head of the State Audit Bureau, Khaled Shakshak, reviewed with the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Omran Al-Qayeb, stalled projects that need completion at Tripoli’s University. Read more

The Conclusion of the Libya Al-Maharat TVET Programme

The activities of the Libya Al-Maharat (Libya Skills) programme for the development of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Libya were concluded at an event held in Tripoli yesterday. Read more

UNDP Signs MoU with Benghazi University to Support Youth-Led Enterprises 

The UNDP announced Thursday that it has signed an MoU with Benghazi University to support the establishment of micro and small enterprises among university graduates. Read more

 

31 December 2023

AU’s ‘Neocolonial Entanglement’ Undermines HE Policies

To regain legitimacy as a leading continental organisation, the African Union (AU) needs to decolonise itself and rely more on its member states to refocus its regional higher education policy processes towards African issues instead of excessive financial dependency on external actors which could manipulate policy processes towards donor interests. Read more

Benghazi University Denies Canceling Teaching Three Basic Subjects at Faculty of Law

The University of Benghazi has denied what was circulated on social media regarding canceling the teaching of Arabic, English and scientific research methods within the Faculty of Law. Read more

It is Imperative to Build Open Science Capabilities in MENA

Universities and higher education institutions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are starting to join the open science movement, recognising its potential to enhance the accessibility, inclusivity, and sustainability of higher education systems and research communities. But there are many challenges. Read more

Libyan Higher Education Ministries Seal Executive Program

The Algerian and Libyan Ministries of Higher Education and Scientific Research signed Monday in Algiers an executive program to strengthen cooperation between the universities of the two countries and exchange experiences in the sector. Read more

Libya’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Visits Algiers University Benyoucef Benkheda 

The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Libyan National Unity Government, Omran Mohamed El Kib visited Sunday the Algiers University I “Benyoucef Benkheda”, as part of his three-day visit to Algeria. Read more

Project Helps to Develop Education for Youth Entrepreneurs

Libya is streamlining entrepreneurship education within institutions of higher learning through developing an accredited entrepreneurship module, establishing entrepreneurship and innovation centres, and advancing ‘junior enterprise’ structures to bridge the gap between graduates and the labour market. Read more

Super Novae Signs Agreement with Bina Libya to Develop Gharian University Incubator

French NGO Supernovae and the Turkish-based Bina Libya signed an MoU last Thursday for the Start-Up Project to support Gharian University Incubator. Read more

The University of Tripoli Obtains ISO Certification

The University of Tripoli has obtained ISO 9001 certification, after meeting the requirements designated under ISO which requires organizations to define and follow a quality management system. Read more

Three Winners of the Libyan University Entrepreneurship Award Announced

The winners of the first annual competition for Libyan University Entrepreneurs were announced at a ceremony in Tripoli yesterday. The awards were organized by Expertise France, in cooperation with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Read more

University of Misrata Ranked First Locally According to UNIRANKS Classification

The University of Misrata ranked first locally according to the American international classification “UNIRANKS” among 61 registered Libyan universities and institutions of higher education. Read more

 

30 November 2022

Cancer Researchers Must Broaden the Focus of Their Work

Cancer research in Africa has increased over the past decade, but those gains were unevenly distributed as just 13 out of 54 countries on the continent produced 90% of the research, with Egypt and South Africa contributing two-thirds of the peer-reviewed contributions about cancer, … Read more

New Initiative to Improve Food Security Amid Climate Crisis

Egypt’s COP27 Presidency and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched the Food and Agriculture for Sustainable Transformation (FAST) initiative to transform agrifood systems with the aim of improving food security in the world’s most vulnerable communities. Read more

President of Libya’s University of Benghazi Leads a Struggle to Rise in Rankings 

Libya’s University of Benghazi was the highest-placed of only three Libyan universities included in the QS Arab Region University Rankings 2023. Read more

 

31 October 2022

Establishment of Incubators and Innovation and Leadership Centres in Libyan Universities Discussed

The establishment of incubators and innovation and leadership centres in Libyan universities was the topic of discussion last Wednesday between the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, Saleh Al-Ghoul during his visit to the National Program for Small and Medium Enterprises … Read more

Holberton School: New CEO to Expand Africa Network

Bucher on October 1st took over the management of Holberton School, the network of schools specializing in the training of high-level IT developers around the world. Read more

Libya Exploring Tunisian Experience in Creating University Career and Alumni Centres 

A meeting was held in Tunis on Thursday between the Libyan Undersecretary of Higher Education, Saleh Al-Ghoul and Mohamed Azaiez, the Dean of Tunis Business School. Read more

Renewable Energies Centre at Misrata University Installs Three Test Solar Lighting Systems

The Renewable Energies Centre of Misrata University reported Wednesday that it had installed three test solar lighting systems on Sana Street, Misrata. The three prototypes were from three different manufacturers. Read more

 

30 September 2022

Libyan Universities Should Advance Democracy Education

Libyan universities and higher education institutions should encourage students to vote as a pathway to peace and democracy. Read more

Study Proposes Range of Measures to Improve HE Performance

A study which sets out to investigate the performance of higher education institutions in the 22 member states of the Arab League has proposed greater cooperation between institutions, more partnerships with industry and less reliance on global indicators to evaluate universities’ performance. Read more

Tripoli University Hosts Conference on Challenges Facing the Arabic Language

The University of Tripoli hosted a conference Tuesday to shed light on the challenges facing the Arabic language under the title (The Arabic language between blooming and fading). Read more

University of Tripoli Changes Applied College Acceptance Rates 

The University of Tripoli has changed the acceptance rates within the applied colleges, after receiving complaints from applied and medical sciences students in this regard. Read more

WHEEL Governance Workshop Held at Tripoli University 

A workshop on governance in higher education was held today in the Communication Hall of the International Cooperation Office of Tripoli University. The university said this came within the framework of the activities of the International Cooperation Office and within the activities of the WHEEL project,  … Read more

 

31 July 2022

Construction of Tripoli University Lecture Auditoriums Progressing at Excellent Pace…

The ongoing works of the Tripoli University lecture auditoriums project, supervised by the Construction Department of the Libyan Investment and Development Holding Company (LIDCO) are ”progressing at an excellent pace”, LIDCO reported yesterday. Read more

Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Global and Libya’s Misurata University Sign Cooperation Agreement 

Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Global (TAG.Global) and Libyan Misurata University signed an agreement for cooperation in various fields, particularly the provision of training, scientific, academic and digital transformation services. Read more

Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Global and Libya’s Sirte University Sign Cooperation Agreement 

Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Global (TAG.Global) has signed an agreement with the Libyan Sirte University to cooperate in the provision of training, scientific, academic and digital transformation services. Read more

 

30 June 2022

Minister of Higher Education discusses Exempting Libyan Students in Tunisia from Tuition Fees

The Minister of Higher Education in the Government of National Unity (GNU), Omran Al-Qeeb, has discussed with the Tunisian ambassador to Libya, Al-Asaad Al-Ajili, a number of issues of common concern, the most important of which the Libyan students studying in Tunisia from tuition fees, similar to Tunisian students… Reda more

Police, Military Central in State Assaults on Students

Of 28 profiled countries in Education Under Attack 2022, half are in Africa. The highest number of incidents on the continent were recorded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mali. The study reports more than 5,000 attacks on education facilities, students and educators, or military incidents, globally in the past two years. Read more

Terror Groups Often Behind Attacks on Education Sector

Most governments in Africa have been unable to shield schools, universities, students, teachers and academics within their borders from attacks by terrorist organisations and other non-state armed groups, according to findings from the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). Read more

Tripoli University Reactivates Huawei Cooperation Agreement, Including Setting Up Huawei Academy

Tripoli University announced Sunday that it is reactivating its cooperation agreement with China’s Huawei specifically the faculties of engineering, information technology and science. Read more

 

31 May 2022

Libya, Italy Review the Training of Libyan Students to Teach Italian Language 

The Minister of Education of the Government of National Unity, Mohammed Al-Maqryif, has announced the training of 56 Libyan students in teaching the Italian language in Libya, at Ca’Foscari University in Venice, Italy. Read more

 

31 March 2022

Chechnya Seeks Cooperation with Asmarya University in Qur’an Studies 

The Deputy of the Mufti of Chechneya has discussed with the President of the Asmarya University, Mohamed Abdel Hafeez, and the Dean of the College of Da`wah and Fundamentals of Religion Hussein Ali Akash means of cooperation in the field of memorizing the Holy Qur’an and Sharia and jurisprudence studies. Read more

Universities to Get Media Offices as Part of New Plan

Measures for enhancing communication between Libyan universities and their social environments along with outlets to publish their scientific, educational, cultural and social missions have been announced as part of a new country-wide communication plan. Read more

Youths from Africa and the Arab World Commit to Advancing Cooperation in agriculture…

The Afro-Arab Youth Council (AAYC) in partnership with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) organized a youth dialogue under the theme, “Enhancing food security through innovations and planetary health: the role of youth.Read more

 

31 January 2022

A Ranking System for Arab Universities to be Developed

The use of blockchain technology to combat counterfeit higher education qualifications, quality assurance guidelines for the use of artificial intelligence in learning, teaching and research and an Arab-specific university ranking system are part of wide-ranging initiatives… Read more

Benghazi University Conference on the Diversification of Libya’s Economy …

The conference organized by Benghazi University from 15 to 16 January on the need to diversify the Libyan economy concluded today with seven main recommendations. Read more

Ministry of Higher Education Makes Coronavirus Vaccination Mandatory for Students 

The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has issued instructions to prevent students from entering the examination halls except after receiving the Coronavirus vaccination and approving the vaccination card. Read more

 

31 December 2021

Libyan Teaching Assistants Protest Over Low Salaries

Teaching assistants at universities, technical colleges and higher institutes in Libya held a protest in front of the government offices in Tripoli to demand salary increases and educational opportunities. Read more

Minister of Higher Education: Omicron Variant Forces Us to Take Stringent Measures

The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Imran Al-Qib, said that the emergence of the new Coronavirus strain Omicron has forced the Ministry to take strict measures, including prevention of entry to educational institutions without showing correctly registered and officially filled vaccination cards. Read more

30 November 2021

Libya Moves to Regulate Private Universities and Confront Fake Degrees 

Libya is taking steps to hold private universities more accountable to national higher-education quality standards, and to crack down on those that “sell degrees. Read more

Professors May Finally Get Raises Under New Agreement

After years of protests for better pay and conditions, Libyan professors ended a sit-in and resumed classes on Saturday 13 November, after the government agreed to increase their wages, …Read more.

Universities Out of Date in What and How They Teach

The educational experience in universities is considered one of the most transformative and enriching experiences a young person can have. It is where students get to test their knowledge and gain new ways of thinking and understanding of a specific topic. Read more

 

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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