University of Benghazi

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University of Benghazi (Arabic: جامعة بنغازي‎), formerly known as Garyounis University, is a public university in Benghazi, Libya and one of the most important institutes of higher education in Libya. It is located in Benghazi, the second largest city in the country. It was founded in 1955 as the University of Libya.

University of Benghazi
Former names
Garyounis University
Established1955; 65 years ago (1955)
Students79,968 (as of 2013)
Campus530 acres (2.1 km2)
Website; English


It was founded on 15 December 1955 as the University of Libya.

In 1973 the University of Libya was split into two independent universities: the University of Tripoli (later Al Fateh University) in Tripoli, and the University of Benghazi in Benghazi. In 1976 the latter was renamed Garyounis University. In 2011, after the Libyan Civil War, its name was changed back to University of Benghazi.[1]

The University of Benghazi includes 23 faculties, 230 departments and centers. It has many campuses and scientific institutes inside Benghazi, with a total area of about 500 hectares (1,200 acres),[citation needed] and approximately 85,000 undergraduate students and 3000 graduate students.

On 17 April 2016, the Libyan National Army defeated militants who had taken ground in and around the university for launching rockets at the city and training their followers.[2]


  1. ^ "Welcome To University of Benghazi". University of Benghazi. Retrieved 2016-12-05.
  2. ^ "Army takes Benghazi University campus but not Al-Hawari cement factory". Libya Herald.