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.”
Omran al-Qeeb, the minister of higher education and scientific research, recently announced that he was giving 64 of the country’s 74 private institutions 30 days to make sure they were meeting quality standards.
“The presence of 74 private universities in Libya is illogical in a country of seven million people,” al-Qeeb said in a statement posted on the ministry’s Facebook page. (See two related articles, “Libyan Higher Education Minister Has High Aims but Scant Funds,” and “Libya Closes 20 Private Universities and Colleges.”)
The decision stipulates that only ten private universities and higher education institutions are allowed to admit new students, after obtaining institutional and program accreditation from the National Center for Quality Assurance and Accreditation. Other universities are banned from admitting new students without ministerial permission and contacting the National Quality Center.
The ten authorized private institutions are Benghazi’s Berenice University for Architecture and Urbanism, Benghazi’s Libyan British University, Tripoli’s Attahadi University for Dentistry, Tripoli’s Khalij Libya College for Oral and Dental Medicine and Surgery, Benghazi’s Libyan International Medical University, Al-Hadera University for Humanities and Applied Sciences, the Libyan University of Humanities and Applied Sciences, the Africa University of Humanities and Applied Sciences, the University of Tripoli Alahlia, and Tripoli’s Al-Rifaq University for Humanities and Applied Sciences.
According to the National Center for Quality Assurance’s official website, only eight private higher education institutions have been accredited. All other institutions operate with permission from the Private Education Department of the Ministry of Higher Education.