University of Tifariti

The University of Tifariti (Arabic:جامعة تيفاريتي), (Spanish: Universidad de Tifariti) is a university located in Tifariti, Western Sahara.

University of Tifariti
جامعة تيفاريتي
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PresidentKhatari Ahmudi Abdallahi
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The University of Tifariti, the first Sahrawi university was established in 2013 (under Presidential Decree 24/2012 of 23 December 2012). President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic Mohamed Abdelaziz also appointed Khatari Ahmudi Abdallahi as its first president.[1]

International academic collaborationEdit

The idea of building up a university in the Sahrawi liberated territories had been around at least since 2009, with the help of many other universities of the world, as the University of Leeds (United Kingdom), National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (Nicaragua), University of Berkeley (United States), University of Pretoria (South Africa), University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), University of Havana (Cuba), University of Mentouri (Algeria) and a dozen others from Africa, America and Europe.[2][3]

Sahrawi government supportEdit

Sahrawi authorities have offered free basic education to children in the Sahrawi refugee camps (passing from one of the lowest levels of literacy in Africa to over 90-percent literacy[4]), but for higher education they had to travel abroad.[5]


  1. ^ "Establishment of first Saharawi University in liberated Tifariti (presidential decree)". SPS. 9 February 2013. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  2. ^ Paul Rigg (7 June 2009). "SAHARA-SPAIN: University of the Desert". University World News. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  3. ^ A New University in the Sahara Desert HEDDA - Higher Education Development Association, 17 June 2009
  4. ^ Paul Rigg (June 2009). "Absolute friends". New Internationalist. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  5. ^ "First university for Western Sahara refugees being built". Afrol News. 16 February 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2013.