Monitoring Quality in Arab Higher Education
The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research grants licenses to public universities and colleges in the country and could also grant licenses to private institutions. But as of 2016, the ministry had not granted a license to any private university—thus no private universities operate legally in Algeria. Public universities that have been given licenses to operate can lose their licenses if they do not meet ministry standards, but the ministry can’t close a university in the middle of an academic year. (The ministry has never taken away an institution’s license.)
After granting a license, a ministry committee composed of professors, researchers, and other experts checks on the performance of universities and ensures their quality.
No clear mechanism has been established to prevent conflicts of interest or corruption in regulating education, an Al-Fanar Media examination of laws and regulations and consultations with experts found.
Fifty public universities and 61 public technical, vocational institutes and public community colleges have been licensed by the ministry, according to statistics it issued in 2016.