Australian universities have played an important role over the last four months, ensuring the welfare of Libyan students was a top priority. Individual universities made decisions to support students through means available to them, such as providing loans to cover living arrangements and deferring tuition payments. The assistance provided by universities has afforded Libyan students and their families a sense of security during a tumultuous period.
The Government's commitment of a $1.5 million loan to the Libyan People's Bureau also guaranteed that Libyan students were not placed in a position of continued anxiety over their studies amid uncertainties in Tripoli.
Universities Australia CEO, Dr Glenn Withers said, "Universities Australia is pleased the Libyan Embassy is beginning to receive funds and will be in a position to disperse income for student scholarships come January. Libyan students will now have peace of mind that further study arrangements will not be disrupted, can apply themselves to their studies and better benefit from their time abroad.
"We have worked closely with the Libyan Embassy, government agencies and with member universities to provide students with much needed support during this difficult time. Colleagues overseas were also very helpful.
"Universities have engaged with the Libyan community to identify their needs and have responded accordingly. This reflects the commitment universities have to supporting all of their students.
"Universities Australia also recognises the hard work of the Libyan Embassy in securing continued funding for their students overseas given current political unrest. We hope for a smooth transition as they resume their responsibilities for student support over the coming weeks," Dr Withers concluded.