A three-day trade mission from British universities has drawn to a close with both Libyan representatives and UK delegates committed to higher education partnerships as the way forward.
Jamal Elfardag, Director of Universities Administration for the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, told the Libya Herald:
“We are very glad to have these university representatives here in Libya ... We are very ambitious for partnerships with UK institutions ...
“We want to do staff and student exchanges, and we are interested in following joint degree and PhD programmes.”
The delegation visited Tripoli University and the Libyan Academy, and met representatives from a number of Libyan universities to discuss how this could work.
According to a report from Libya Herald, the UK Higher Education International Unit director, Joanna Newman (pictured), said that British universities were very interested in building long-term partnerships with Libya. The trade visit was massively oversubscribed, she said, with over 40 educational companies and institutions expressing interest.
Numbers were limited to some 20 organisations but, even so, Newman said that this was the largest UK delegation to Libya in recent years.
(Source: Libya Herald)