Libya is a mostly desert and oil-rich country on the southern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, with an ancient history, and it is the 17th largest country in the world.

With such a large country it is no surprise that the weather varies across the country from temperate Mediterranean to scorching Saharan weather patterns.

Libya's population includes over 270,000 students in higher education. Basic education in Libya is free for all citizens, and is compulsory up to secondary level. Since 1975 the number of universities has grown from 2 to 13 and over 80 higher technical and vocational institutes.

The World Bank defines Libya as an 'Upper Middle Income Economy', along with only seven other African countries. Substantial revenues from the energy sector, coupled with a small population, give Libya one of the highest per capita GDPs in Africa.

Libyans consider themselves very much a part of a wider Arab community. Its cuisine is a vibrant fusion between the different Italian, Bedouin and traditional Arab culinary traditions. The country also boasts a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. *

EU funded Scholarship Opportunities are available to Cardiff Metropolitan University students and graduates (from bachelor to post-doctorate level) in all schools, as well as academic and administrative staff, through Erasmus Mundus. Cardiff Metropolitan University is directly involved in the following Erasmus Mundus project with Libya:


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* Source: Wikipedia