March 28, 2024

The harmonization of the Higher Education sector with the introduction of the Bologna Process: a priority in the collaboration with Libyan universities

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On February 13th 2024, the staff from 13 Libyan Universities, together with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Libya and the colleagues of 3 Universities in  Europe (Sapienza University of Rome, University of Pavia and Istanbul Aydin University) joined UNIMED and gathered online to kick-off a new cooperation project called ARMONIA.

The project ARMONIA – Harmonisation and modernization of the Higher Education system in Libya introducing Bologna Process principles at national and institutional levels –  officially started in January 2024 and is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, supporting the Consortium to work together over 48 months.

ARMONIA intends to promote a process of adoption of the Bologna Process principles in Libyan partner HEIs. Starting as a piloting initiative involving a group of 13 universities (Misurata University, University of Tripoli, University of Benghazi, University of Zawia, Omar Al-Mukhtar University, Sebha University, University of Sirte, University of Tobruk, Gulf of Sidra University, University of Gharyan, Sabratha University, Nalut University, Libyan Academy for Postgraduate Studies), the project aims at generating a systemic impact thanks to the involvement and support of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Libya and extending results beyond the Consortium members.

The ARMONIA specific objectives are:

  • Rethinking the teaching and learning environment at Libyan universities, developing strategic policies regarding the learning outcomes of the teaching activities, the internationalization of education, quality assurance and the social dimension of HEIs;
  • Strengthening the capacity of Libyan universities in implementing the Bologna process principles and practices;
  • Creating the conditions for a participatory approach and consultative process in the definition of priorities, actions and strategic goals;
  • Introducing elements of flexibility and comparability with the European HE systems;
  • Support the process of reform of the national regulatory framework.

Harmonisation in Libya is a challenge in terms. 

However, over the course of the years, we experienced a strong sense of belonging in the country – despite east, west and south; a shared desire for collaboration and networking with Europe and, most importantly, within the national borders among Libyan universities themselves; high aspirations and a strong drive for change, complemented by the willingness to ensure a policy dialogue at multiple levels. Those are the elements for ARMONIA, which builds on long lasting relations and puts together a team of professionals to keep up with the project ambitions.