The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Omran Al-Gieb, said that 74 private universities in Libya "is an illogical number given the Libyan population", adding that those universities "have become shops selling degrees".

The Minister told presidents of universities on Saturday that his Ministry would no longer "allow this mess" and would give those private universities 30 days to "fix their situations".

"Quality standards include, most importantly, the suitable location for the university, good equipment inside the premises, and appointment of MA and PhD professors by 25% of the total teaching staff. The Ministry will support all universities which abide by these quality standards." Al-Gieb said.

Last Monday, the Minister suspended 11 private education institutions. In September, he suspended two institutions.