The Algerian-born scholar Mohamed Zairi designed quality management systems for governments, schools and other organisations around the world.
Amid a surge in the number of private universities, Libya is taking steps to ensure education quality and to crack down on “shops that sell degrees.”
The kingdom signed agreements with two producers of international rankings, Times Higher Education and QS, as part of an effort to raise university standards.
The Libyan Ministry of Higher Education cited poor academic performance at the institutions, but students say the decision is unfair.
Moving to the credit-hour system should help cut the state’s higher-education costs, officials say, but some academics fear a lowering of standards.
Recognition of teachers as professionals is crucial to education reform, says Ahoud Alasfour, president of the Gulf Comparative Education Society.
New rules making it easier to be enrolled in graduate studies at Algerian universities have drawn opposition for potentially harming the quality of graduates.
Three public universities are the first to start operating under a new plan that gives them more freedom but reduces state funding. Questions remain about how it will affect students and professors.
A study suggests ways of blending online and classroom activities, and convincing governments of the value of accredited online learning.