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Libya / Education /
There is no finite information to the total number of universities in Libya. The list below contains only universities for which there is confirmed information, but there sources listing further universities. Much of this confusion comes from the programs aiming at increasing the number of higher institutions in Libya; some universities we believe are in the early stages of structuring.
The list below shows as of 2009, 16 universities, corresponding to a university density of 1:390,000 inhabitants, placing Libya as no. 4 of 22 in the MENA region.
No Libyan university make it to the World Top 6000 list with Webometrics, which casts quite some shadow over the country's recent fast growth in institutions of higher learning. Libya clearly faces a challenge of having enough qualified personnel.
Being a country with a higher university density than most Western countries, yet with no institution doing well on international rankings, Libya has clear indications of overstretch of its human resources.
WestAlfateh University, Tripoli. Est. 1957.
Open University, Tripoli. Est. 1987.
7th October University, Misrata. Est. 1984.
Nasser University, Al-Khoms. Est. 1987.
Elmergib University, Al-Khoms. Est. 1986. Website Arabic only
Asmarya University, Zliten. Est. 1994.
7th of April University, Zawiya. Est. 1988. (Dead link July 2009)
Al-Jabal al-Gharbi University, Gharyan. Est. 2000.
EastUniversity of Garyounis, Benghazi. Est. 1955.
Al-Arab Medical University, Benghazi. Est. 1984.
Omar el-Mukhtar University, Al-Bayda. Est. 1989. Website Arabic only
Derna University, Derna. Est. 1995.
Bright Star University of Technology, Ajdabiyya. Est. 1983.
Central and SouthAl-Tahdi University, Sirte. Est. 1991.
Sebha University, Sebha. Est. 1983. Website Arabic only
Unknown locationsUniversity of Libya, Location unknown