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We are pleased to announce that the EMUNI University is issuing calls for enrolment of students in the ENPI PROJECT master programmes: Higher Education and Research, Mediterranean Business Development Initiative, De-pollution of the Mediterranean, Alternative Energies, Maritime and Land Highways and Civil Protection.
The masters are the programmes of the 2nd Bologna cycle and equal 120 ECTS each. They are open to all students who, as a general requirement, have finished a three-year first level degree course of at least 180 ECTS and have a good knowledge of English language.
The first three programmes to be offered are: the master of Mediterranean Business Development Initiative, the master of De-pollution of the Mediterranean and the master of Maritime and Land Highways.
Within the programme Mediterranean Business Development Initiative, students will deepen their knowledge about the role that Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises face in the EuroMed Region. The aim of the program is to provide technical and practical knowledge to the students of the problems and solutions required for the MSME segment in the EUROMED region to flourish. As a result, given the importance of the MSME segment in the region in terms of employment, the employability of the students is ensured.
The De pollution programme highlights the pollution aspects of the Mediterranean region. It is a multidisciplinary program, building on key experience in the different sub-fields and developed in response to the growing demand for individuals with the broad range skills necessary for handling environmental pollution issues.
The Maritime and Land Highway programme provides students with broad understanding and appreciation of different aspects associated with the management of maritime and land transport wither the management of equipments facilities with an emphasis on the Euro-Mediterranean region: maritime economics, international transport, terminal and port management in the foremost logistics hub of Europe and Mediterranean countries.
The application form for the enrolment to the programmes, the implementation of which is foreseen for November 2011, will be available through the EMUNI website from 25 August 2011.
The application form for the enrolment to the programmes, the implementation of which is foreseen for November 2011, will be available through the EMUNI website from 25 August 2011.
Ms. Anna Gargiulo | Email: email@example.com | Tel: +386 59 25 00 51 | Fax: +386 59 25 00 54
Link Campus University organized 2 workshops entitled “The role of Mediterranean Universities Changes: Innovation and Cooperation” and “Who’s voice has not been heard yet? Universities for change”
Rome, Italy, 20 May. Link Campus University organized 2 workshops entitled “The role of Mediterranean Universities Changes: Innovation and Cooperation” and “Who’s voice has not been heard yet? Universities for change” on the 20th of May in the Library of the Link Campus University, Rome, Italy with the presence of HE Mr. Franko Frattini, Minister of Italian foreign affairs, Prof. Vincenzo Scotti, President of Link Campus university, Prof. Joseph Mifsud, President of EMUNI university, Samir Riyadh, Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education and Minister of State for Science and Technology (Egypt), Wajih M. Owais, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research (Jordan), Prof. Amr Jalal Al Adawi, President of Beirut Arab University, Prof. Nehale Farid Mustafa, Dean of Business faculty in Beirut Arab University and EMUNI-ENPI Team Leader, and a number of selective rectors and professors from different universities of the Mediterranean like Hacettepe University, Turkey, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan, Al Quds University, Palestine, Diplomatic Academy of London, UK, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus, and more.
HE Elisabetta Belloni, General Director for Development Cooperation - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, have started with an opening word followed by Presidents, Rectors and Professors from University of Rome, University of Napoli, Hacettepe University, Beirut Arab University, Al Quds University and others.
Prof Joseph Mifsud highlited the importance of meetings discussing the different possibilities of cooperation between all the universities which are participating to the meeting. He also pointed to the role of EMUNI which is always present to lead all agreements aiming at bringing euro med universities together.
Also there was a word for Prof. Nehale Mustapha where she stressed out the importance of the ENPI project for the Mediterranean region.
At the end of the workshop, Prof. Vincenzo Scotti, President of Link Campus University, and Prof. Joseph Mifsud, President of EMUNI University thanked the guests for their presence.
Rome, Italy, 20 May. The meeting was organized following a call of Prof. Vincenzo Scotti President of Link the Campus and Italian Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs University with a full support of Prof. Joseph Mifsud President of EMUNI University. Participants stressed the need to concretizing Euro-Mediterranean cooperation at the University level focusing on the importance of creating a unified policy within the Universities. A policy that is ready to create and to build concrete actions and projects. Prof. Scotti pointed out the idea that the cooperation between the Universities is the only way to have solid relation as well as concrete and sustainable projects. The President Mifsud said: "... the time of speaking is over, the time of doing is waiting for us ..."
The vent was marked by the intervention of H.E Franco Fratini, Italian Minster of Foreign Affairs whom gave his full support to "fresh and energetic euro-Mediterranean initiative such as EMUNI" highlighting the difficulties that encompass the Euro-Mediterranean region encouraging EMUNI to continue its mission in favor of the higher education components in the Mediterranean. The Minister of Foreign Affairs then announced that Italy started new educative policies on different levels, and these policies are considered a priority in relation to big social, cultural and demographic changes. The Minister continued to say: "... a lot should be done for the valorization of the local actions and projects that are connected to bilateral relation, but we need to create a multilateral framework if we would like to share these actions with all the Mediterranean area. Only in this way, it is possible to give an added value to the curricula, to create collaboration of the study programmes, research and scientific collaboration. Our country, Italy, due to its geographical position can become an international point for the dialogue between the European research and the Mediterranean Countries, and Italy can also have the role to coordinate these common projects".
Academic, Higher education experts and EMUNI network representatives have all emphasized fundamental role of research and training to young people, the principal objectives of which are: to insure a jobs for the new generation, to guarantee a good quality of life for all and to promote new economical initiative and cooperation coming from the South of the Mediterranean area. The Elisabetta Belloni from MFA Italy said "Europe needs to start new policies and new actions that are related to the South. In particular Europe has to be ready to make good and integrated investments in the South of the Mediterranean, capital and human investments .... This is the only way to generate a new development for all the Mediterranean area..." Maurizio Melani (DG for Country Promotion) Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy concerted on the idea that the cooperation between the Universities is an important platform to project the youth toward Europe and all over the World. The universities have on the one side the knowledge and on the other side the possibility to create positive and competitive meetings between different cultures and Countries.
Dr. Samir Riad, Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research - Egypt highlighted the importance of the circulation of knowledge, he continued to say that the knowledge and the best practices are the best guarantee for the realization of an efficient process of Euro-Mediterranean integration, not only at economic level.
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research from Jordan Wajih M. Owais expressed the idea that the Universities are the only one that can promote the knowledge related to the social and cultural process. He continued to say that they are ready to create new and concrete relations with Europe but as well with the other Countries of the South of the Mediterranean.
The event that was described as "successful" concluded by social activity where participants agreed to repeat such meeting under the auspices of EMUNI in one of the Southern Mediterranean Countries.
Prof. Nehale Fariid Mostapha, Key Coordinator and team leader of the ENPI PROJECT gave an overview of the project,followed by a briefing about the achievements of the project since its start and how were the developments of this project and the efficient and successful progress to date.
The key leaders/coordinators of the new masters programmes presented their work and highlighted how these programmes were matching with the objectives of EMUNI and the objectives of the UfM at the same time.
The Specialists to the DSG of the UfM Secretariat, Ambassador Yigit Alpogan, Deputy Secretary General for Transport and Urban Development, Ms. Cecilia Attard Pirotta, Deputy Secretary General for Social and Civil Affairs,Dr. Rafiq Husseini, Deputy Secretary General for Environment and Water, Mr. Marc Strauss, Expert in Energy and Mr. Fernando de la Fuente, Expert in Funding explained the objectives of the UfM in every field of specialization and discussed with EMUNI experts all possible areas of cooperation and future plans.
The meeting ended with a warm speech from Prof. Ilan Chet, Deputy Secretary General for Higher Education and Research. Prof Mifsud stressed the importance of this meeting and how EMUNI appreciate the support provided by the UFM to reinforce the role of the university.
Message by the Vice-President of the European Parliament, Mrs. Rodi Kratsa, responsible for Euro-Mediterranean relations and
President of the Working Group on EMUNI in the framework of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean
Monsieur le Président de l’Université Euro-Méditerranéenne, Cher Joseph,
Je souhaiterais vous remercier chaleureusement pour votre aimable invitation de me joindre à vous afin de participer à l'édition 2011 de la conférence ReSouk, organisée en pleine tourmente sociale et politique de la région de la Méditerranée, sans cesse en évolution, et en parallèle des divers événements exprimant l’angoisse des jeunes gens rêvant d'un avenir meilleur, où liberté, dignité et prospérité ne seront plus de lointaines chimères, mais des réalités bien ancrées.
Je voudrais féliciter l’Université Euro-méditerranéenne, l’Université Arabe de Beyrouth, ainsi que les universités et institutions partenaires pour l'organisation de cette conférence sur le thème « Innovation et employabilité : les défis des Universités ». Le thème choisi rejoint parfaitement les grandes problématiques actuelles et les grands défis auxquels nous sommes et serons confrontés.
J'aurais été ravie d’être parmi vous aujourd'hui au Liban, un pays que j'affectionne tant, et qui tient une place privilégiée dans mon action et mon cœur. Cependant, mes obligations au Parlement Européen à Bruxelles m'en empêchent, et je le regrette sincèrement.
Vous connaissez mon attachement au projet de l’EMUNI et mon engagement en faveur de son rôle primordial pour l’épanouissement de nos rêves euro-méditerranéens.
Les domaines de l’Education Supérieure, des échanges et de la coopération des institutions académiques euro-méditerranéennes s’avèrent en effet cruciaux pour le dialogue fructueux et la confiance entre les deux rives de la Méditerranée. De plus, ils incarnent, à différents niveaux, les clés du développement économique, social et culturel, partout dans le monde. D’où l’importance du projet EMUNI pour consolider l’avenir de la région euro-méditerranéenne au sein d’une économie mondialisée et fortement compétitive. En effet, la voie vers le développement et la cohésion sociale impose la valorisation du dynamisme humain, si riche dans la région.
Dans notre région euro-méditerranéenne, il nous manque en effet les ressources naturelles et financières qui se trouvent en abondance dans d’autres régions du monde. Pourtant, nous disposons d’un riche héritage culturel, historique, intellectuel. Nous bénéficions d’un capital humain intelligent et créatif, des acquis dans tous les domaines scientifiques, que nous pourrions coordonner efficacement et développer afin d’en extraire des succès inestimables pour notre avenir.
J’ai l’honneur de soumettre au Président de l’EMUNI prof. Joseph Mifsud la recommandation que j’ai présenté dans le cadre de l'Assemblée Parlementaire de l'Union pour la Méditerranée, en session plénière à Rome les 3 et 4 mars 2011, résultat des travaux du Groupe de Travail sur l’EMUNI, que j’ai le privilège de présider. La recommandation porte sur le thème central « la politique de coordination en vue de l'amélioration de la connaissance et de la compétitivité dans la région Euro-méditerranéenne: perspectives et défis pour l'EMUNI ». Un des aspects principaux se réfère au renforcement de la coopération au niveau de l'Enseignement Supérieur et la mise en valeur des tous le programmes existants, comme Erasmus Mundus et autres, la facilitation de la mobilité pour les professeurs, étudiants et chercheurs, la reconnaissance des diplômes et la promotion du transfert des qualifications, facteurs essentiels à la prospérité d’un espace euro-méditerranéen de l’Enseignement Supérieur, des Sciences et de la Recherche. En outre, la recommandation renvoie à la nécessité d'assurer l'attractivité de nos universités et parvenir in fine à une région associée à l'Excellence académique et à la compétitivité économique. Enfin, la recommandation promeut une coopération renforcée entre l'EMUNI et les organisations et/ou institutions, internationales, européennes et régionales ayant pour objectif le développement de l'Education, de la connaissance et de l'apprentissage dans la région Euro-méditerranéenne, tels que le Centre de Marseille pour l’intégration en Méditerranée, initiative conjointe de la Banque Mondiale, de la Banque européenne d'investissements, de gouvernements de pays du Nord et du Sud de la Méditerranée et de la Ville de Marseille (France), la Fondation européenne pour la formation (ETF) agence de l’Union européenne basée à Turin (Italie), ou encore la Fondation Anna Lindh. Le Parlement Européen ainsi que les Parlements des pays membres de l’Union pour la Méditerranée apportent un soutien politique fort au projet de l’EMUNI, se félicitent de sa réussite et défendent sa place dans toutes les politiques euro-méditerranéennes.
Pour cette raison, j’ai demandé aux institutions européennes d’intégrer l’EMUNI explicitement dans les 25 domaines de la nouvelle politique euro-méditerranéenne présentée au Parlement européen, destinée à répondre aux nouveaux défis dans la région.
A cette occasion, je voudrais remercier le Président de l’EMUNI, prof. J. Mifsud, de sa précieuse coopération, un homme généreux et optimiste, déterminé à agir pour léguer un héritage aux générations futures.
Je me dois, encore une fois, souligner le rôle dynamique que joue l'Université Arabe de Beyrouth, hôte de ReSouk 2011, et pôle d'excellence en Méditerranée-Sud, porteur en soi du message de l'EMUNI, et partenaire actif au sein du réseau. Je remercie le Président Prof. Amr Galal Al-Adawi et la Doyenne Prof. Nehale Farid Mostapha.
Chers partenaires des universités européennes et méditerranéennes, vos initiatives s’avèrent essentielles pour notre avenir commun. Vous endossez votre rôle de précurseur dans l’Enseignement Supérieure et dans la société civile.
Je suis persuadée que la nouvelle configuration politique et sociale qui se dessine en Méditerranée, ainsi que le cadre particulier de nos nouveaux défis accompagnant les anciens, requièrent, plus que jamais, d'élargir le dialogue et le débat entre les peuples européens et méditerranéens. La coopération culturelle, les échanges humains, les jumelages, les synergies, doivent être pour nous une priorité car elles constituent la voie permettant d'offrir une âme à notre partenariat, à notre Union pour la Méditerranée. Dans ce nouveau contexte, le projet EMUNI est aujourd’hui plus actuel et nécessaire que jamais.
Il pouvait devenir le symbole du respect des droits de l’homme et de la liberté. Il doit envoyer un message fort par des initiatives symboliques comme par exemple l’attribution des bourses portant le nom des symboles de la mobilisation des jeunes gens, comme celui de la Place Tahrir.
Je vous remercie de votre aimable attention je vous souhaite beaucoup de succès dans la poursuite de vos travaux dans le cadre de la Conférence ReSouk.
J’attends avec grand intérêt les conclusions fructueuses et innovantes de vos échanges.
Bonne continuation et à très bientôt.
Visit to Israel (and Seminar for European Academics) and Meetings with Representatives of EMUNI Members and Higher Education Representatives in the Palestinian Occupied Territories
The President of EMUNI with the support of Dr. Yemini Miri, one of the keynote speakers of the EMUNI Higher Education conference in Slovenia earlier this year and of Prof. Dr. Moti Zwilling, one of the key EMUNI ENPI experts and in constant liaison with Prof. Arab Larafeh, member of the EMUNI Senate and key EMUNI Expert in the ENPI project conducted a number of meetings and visits in the region.
The EMUNI day was opened by the Minister of Science and Technology of the State of Israel, Professor Daniel Hershkowitz, the Head of the European Commission Delegation to Israel, Ambassador, Andrew Standley, The Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr Boris Sovic, Prof. Joseph Mifsud, the President of EMUNI and other distinguished guests. More than 100 academics from 76 academic institutions from all over Israel participated in the EMUNI day including among others:
The President of EMUNI visited also the University in Tel Aviv and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he met the Rectors, and vice Rectors, and Heads of Schools to discuss their collaboration to and within EMUNI.
In a very intensive week, a number of meetings were also held, organised and coordinated by Prof. Dr. Moti Zwilling with the Foreign Ministry in Israel (including meetings at the top level with the Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon) and with members of different members of Knesset who specifically focus on Higher Education, Science and Technology, including Mr. Yoel Hasson, Chair of the State Control Commission and with Mr. Daniel Ben Simon, Member of the Knesset. The discussions centred mostly on how students from the UFM can contribute to the development of peace and recognition of diversity in the region through the support of joint programmes. A proposal to be submitted by EMUNI would be reviewed by Israeli counterparts in the near future for funding and realisation. This project will be coordinated in Israel by the EMUNI Expert Prof. Dr. Moti Zwilling. Other meetings were held in SCE in Beersheva, in Ruppin College with the intent of increasing EMUNI participation in the region.
The President also had an intensive briefing and a planning meeting with Mr. Moshe Vigdor, Director General of the Council for Higher Education and the Planning and Budgeting Committee of Israeli Higher Education. During this meeting it was agreed that a Bologna seminar could be organised with the support of EMUNI for higher education institutions. It is expected that activities in this regard will also be coordinated by the EMUNI members in Israel such as Dr. Yemini Miri and Prof. David Faraggi, member of the EMUNI Senate.
President of EMUNI about the mission of An Najah. President Rami Hamdallah outlined how An Najah features an international workforce and encourages exploration and promotes greater opportunity for cross-cultural understanding and diversity. In his words, "Through cooperation we can help contribute to a better quality of global practice which will increase cross-cultural understanding, improve contact between countries, and build long-lasting personal relationships and professional networks. We value and rigorously encourage academic excellence and competition to the highest degree. In doing so we have a mission to facilitate and aid the exchange of top students and academics through international programmes."
Dr. Kherieh Rassas outlined how An Najah constantly seeks to expand the horizons in terms of greater cooperation of mutual benefit with other leading academics, institutions and organizations on the highest international level.
Intensive meetings were also held with Prof. Dr. Arab Larafeh on new initiatives and positions to be adopted by EMUNI. These meetings were held in Jerusalem/Al Quds. It was agreed that an EMUNI day will be organised in 2011 in the Occupied Palestinian Territories to be coordinated by Prof. Larafeh and Prof. Rami Hamdallah.
The President of EMUNI is in constant touch with both Prof. Larafeh and with Prof. David Faraggi of Haifa University on conditions and forms of cooperation in the region. During the visit and for some of the meetings, the President was in the company of other eminent European Academics (some of them members of EMUNI) like Prof. Giorgio Dominese of Tor Vergata University, Rome, Prof. Dogu Ergil, University of Ankara, Prof. Iannis Mazis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Prof. Eric Millard, University of Nanterre-Paris, Prof. Michael Rainsborough of King's College, University of London, Dr. Esther Von Richtofen, Humboldt University of Berlin, and Prof. Wedigo de Vivanco, former President of the EAIE and a member of the Nafsa Bologna Task Force. Prof. de Vivanco and the President of EMUNI agreed to plan together an EMUNI day in Germany with the support of the DAAD and to further collaborate in the region with joint initiatives.
Prof. Ilan Chet, deputy secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean was also briefed about the meetings in the region for further developments that can be supported by the UfM.
27-28 November, Ankara, Turkey. The EUROMEDITERANEAN INIVERSITY organized during the period 24-28 November a number of events in Ankara, Turkey which were attended by Union for the Mediterrranean Academic experts and by University rectors and Presidents from over 140 institutions coming from all the member states of the Union for the Mediterranean.
Accompanying the other meetings and events, the EMUNI-ENPI Experts meeting was held at the Hacettepe University Center in Ankara, Turkey on 27 and 28 November 2010 and chaired by Prof. Nehale Farid Mostapha, ENPI project team leader. It was attended by Prof. Joseph Mifsud, President of EMUNI University, Prof. Dr. Ugur ERDENER, the President of Hacettepe university, Prof. Nehale Fariid Mostapha, Dean, Beirut Arab University, ENPI Project team leader, EMUN, and 32 ENPI experts coming from Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Netherlands, Palestine, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and UK.
The EMUNI-Experts meeting was opened by the speeches of two distinguished keynote speakers: Honourable Rodi Kratsa, Vice President of European Parliament and H.E. Ilen Chet, Deputy Secretary General of The Union for the Mediterranean who expressed their support to the 10 groups of experts working on the achievements of the ENPI PROJECT as one of the most important projects encouraging cooperation in higher education, and contributing to the establishment of the Euro-Mediterranean Higher Education, Science and Research Area.
After a welcome to participants, Prof. Nehale Farid Mostapaha-ENPI PROJECT team leader- described the background and objectives of the meeting. Prof. Nehale made a presentation explaining the guiding principles of the project, its objectives, its strategies, its role, and its guidelines. She pointed that the Guiding Principle is that the vision, objectives and priorities of EMUNI are and will remain closely related to those of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and for this the ENPI project should produce integrated programs specifically targeting the UfM priorities. The project should be using Academia as a vehicle for sustainable development in the region and not as a final goal in itself. The ENPI project translates this guiding principle into concrete action. Six postgraduate programmes are being developed for launching by the Euro-Mediterranean University in the six projects identified by the Union for the Mediterranean.
EMUNI 3rd General Assembly Calls for Strengthening the Role of EMUNI in Promoting Higher Education in the Mediterranean
Ankara, Turkey, 24 - 27 November. EMUNI General Assembly opened 27 November 2010 in the premises of Hacetteppe University in Ankara by Professor Joseph Mifsud President EMUNI.
140 Universities from 32 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean were represented in EMUNI General Assembly.
EMUNI Commissions, Senate and Management Board meetings were held at the outset of the conference, where the Statute of the University was discussed, amendments were adopted designating an important step in the sustainability of the Euro-Mediterranean University under the leadership of President Joseph Mifsud.
Several Dignitaries from Euro-Mediterranean institutions marked the openings of this year's EMUNI General Assembly; Honourable Rodi Kratsa, Vice President of European Parliament; H.E. Ilen Chet, Deputy Secretary General of The Union for the Mediterranean; H.E. József Györkös, Secretary of State, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology in Slovenia; Dr. Yusuf Ziya OZCAN, Chair of the National Council of Higher Education; Honourable Miro Petek, Member of Parliament of Republic of Slovenia. H.E. Mohamed Naciri, Ambassador Representative of the Arab League in Turkey. Guests outlined the importance of the Role that EMUNI is playing in fostering cultural dialogue in the Mediterranean despite hurdles.
H.E. József Györkös, began his Speech by emphasising Slovenia intention to continue providing support to the Euro-Mediterranean University over the next two years.
Honourable Rodi Kratsa Vice President of the European Parliament delivered a speech where H.E. stressed the importance of an Euro-Mediterranean entity like EMUNI in promoting cultural dialogue among societies of the Mediterranean providing the support that EMUNI deserver in order to be able to achieve its own goals.
Amman, Jordan, 2 - 3 October. After a successful Key Experts Meeting, held in Portorož, Slovenia on 25 September 2010, Joseph Mifsud, President of the Euro-Mediterranean University accompanied by Professor Nehale Fariid Mostapha, ENPI Project Coordinator have launched on the 2nd of October 2010 the Euro-Mediterranean University conference of Experts.
Some 55 ENPI project Experts from Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Morocco, Netherlands, Palestine, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and UK contributed to the work of the Conference. Experts have touched on areas related to the subjects identified as priorities by the Euro-Mediterranean Heads of State and Government Summit in Paris as well as other issues related to ENPI project supervised by Professor Nehale F. Mostapha such as Maritime and Land Highways, Civil Protection and social issues, alternative energies, higher education and research, combating pollution in the Mediterranean and Mediterranean business development Initiative.
The Guests of Honour for the meeting were HE Dr Ahmed Masa'deh, the Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, and HE Dr. Walid Maani Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. After a welcoming reception, the President of EMUNI thanked warmly The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan represented by HE Dr Walid Maani Minister of Higher Education for supporting the work of EMUNI hoping that EMUNI "can continue cooperation with Higher Education Institutes in Jordan". New applications to join EMUNI were made during this period in Jordan by various state and national universities. A special gratitude was addressed to HE Dr. Ahmed Masa'deh the Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean for his support to both the works of EMUNI Conference of Experts and the mission of EMUNI as a whole. HE Dr Ahmed Masa'deh, the Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, delivered the keynote speech to the invitees where his Excellency emphasized the importance of the work of the Euro Mediterranean University "that constitutes a great step towards the construction of a common space for Higher Education, Research and Knowledge". HE the Secretary General in particular said that "We always talked about the cultural and historical boundaries of the Mediterranean basin countries and it is now the challenge of the UfM and its secretariat along with the EU, the member states, the Civil Society and trans-border organizations such as EMUNI, to enhance today this solidarity with a pragmatic approach and concrete projects. This programme proves once again that hand in hand, people and organizations of the two banks of the Mediterranean basin can put their energy together to build their future on their common interests and challenges."
H.E. Masa'deh further reaffirmed that "it is now the responsibility of the Union for the Mediterranean, its institutions and its partners to dare baring the construction and the success of a "highway of Knowledge and innovation", in order to build the prosperous future of our civilizations".
The Secretary General emphasised that by encouraging university partnerships, collaboration between academics as well as euro-Mediterranean training and programs, the EU service contract for EMUNI is a concrete step towards a common knowledge and multicultural approach of the future, allowing young generations to think and work in an environment of cultural diversity.
In his speech, HE Professor, Dr Walid Maani Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research articulated the major development process that the Jordanian Higher Education System had encountered. HE the Minister of Higher education also underlined the importance of bilateral cooperation such as the one that EMUNI proposed to the development of the Jordanian Higher Education Sector, calling for "more enhanced cooperation" in areas such as the exchange of Students, quality assurance and transferability of credits. The Minister also offered a "full support of the Jordanian Government and academics to the mission of EMUNI". He also reaffirmed his wish that Emuni should have a presence on Jordanian soil to benefit all Jordanian institutions such as the Hashemite University of Jordan and JUST, a benefit that must be extended to others both inside the country and within the region.
The Project is a service contract that Emuni has with the European Commission aiming to deliver innovative postgraduate programmes tailor-made for the priority areas of the Union for the Mediterranean. It also includes the establishment of policies highlighting issues of e-learning, quality assurance and PH.D policies of the region.
For the occasion various embassies were represented (Belgium, France, Italy, Egypt, etc). Also present was the President of the University of Fez in Morocco, a key partner to the Emuni Project in Slovenia and the President of the Association of Arab Universities which has its seat in Amman. A number of University Presidents from Jordan were also present for the events.
As Aristotle taught us, "Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity". In order to build together in the Mediterranean a common space of prosperity, we must make everything possible to raise it as an ornament. That is why it gives me great pleasure to take part in the launching of the ENPI (European Neighbourhood Policy Instrument) program for EMUNI (Euro Mediterranean University) that constitutes a great step towards the construction of a common space for Higher Education, Research and Knowledge.
We always talked about the cultural and historical boundaries of the Mediterranean basin countries and it is now the challenge of the UfM and its secretariat along with the EU, the member states, the civil society and transborder organizations such as the EMUNI, to enhance today this solidarity with a pragmatic approach and concrete projects. This program proves once again that hand in hand, people and organizations of the two banks of the Mediterranean basin can put their energy together to build their future on their common interests and challenges.
Economic and social development these past twenty years have been characterized by their dependence on knowledge production and innovation. Education and research are consequently taking a growing part in international relations today. So far, European countries are aware of the benefits of economic integration, but economic integration won't be possible without enhancing cooperation in higher education, research and transfer of knowledge.
The importance of exchanges, of travels and research between both shores of the Mediterranean is not a new agenda. Mathematics, medicine, astronomy, philology and many other sciences and knowledge have been developed and mastered thanks to great Scientifics, explorers or writers since the Middle age, who did have the curiosity to learn what the others had to teach by sailing through the sea. As for today, in our globalized world, our communication technologies and culture must give to each one of us the opportunity to develop his / her curiosity and knowledge.
The awareness of this heritage and this flourishing pluralism has grown a strong political will to forge an area of perpetual multicultural dialogue and exchange through a common project, which gave birth to the Barcelona Process and to the Union for the Mediterranean. Our promising youth and intellectual innovators are the keys to this engagement and we must not underestimate this potential for a sustainable development.
That is why fostering cooperation in higher education and research has been defined as one of the six priority areas in the "UfM" in 2008, and the building of a new Euro-Mediterranean university, was one of the initial projects recommended and is a concrete success. And it is now the responsibility of the Union for the Mediterranean, its institutions and its partners to dare baring the construction and the success of a "highway of knowledge and innovation", in order to build the prosperous future of our civilizations.
By encouraging university partnerships, collaboration between teachers as well as Euro-Mediterranean trainings and programs, the ENPI project for EMUNI is a concrete step towards a common knowledge and multicultural approach of the future, allowing young generations to think and work in an environment of cultural diversity. Moreover, the secretariat wants to reiterates its support to a program that will reinforce not only the credibility and the visibility of the UfM in a long term approach but also young people's interest for the Mediterranean basin as an opportunity of cooperation.
A solid Academic cooperation in the framework of the Euro Mediterranean University at the benefice of southern scholars is thus necessary. But let us not forget the challenge that represents students and scholars mobility between both shores. The capacity to attract foreign students, researchers and skilled young professionals is a factor of cultural and technological influence, which is an important issue for Mediterranean and European countries and can create an environment of competitiveness and economic dynamism. That is why EuroMediterranean governments must work together to facilitate free boundaries for scholars and promising students and give the access to a diverse Mediterranean space of knowledge and skills.
The scholarships and programs for students and scholars mobility are multiple but not always coordinated nor multilateral. The program Erasmus Mundus for the European Union is an important step in this matter giving the chance last year to 40 students from the southem Mediterranean to study in Europe: And the Averroes program is going further giving the chance to 237 students and academics from North Africa to study in Europe and to 55 European people to study and pursue their research in North Africa ; but those numbers must not be satisfying, considering that nearly one of five people in north Africa and the Middle East is between the age of 15 and 24 years old and a little less than 18% in the European Union . Moreover, according to the European commission, last year, from a total of 487 000 doctoral candidates in the EU universities, only a little more than 12 000 came from Mediterranean countries
It is a challenge ahead of us to foster southern-southern mobility as well as Northern-Southern academic exchanges, following the example of the Erasmus program that changed the academic face of Europe allowing more than 180 000 European students last year to study in another European country , and which contributed to tightening relations between countries such as France and Germany.
Thanks to The European Neighbourhood Partnership Instrument and its financing, Euro-Mediterranean projects for higher education and research cooperation can become a reality. In order to achieve an even deeper academic and technological cooperation the UfM governments and institutions must go further hand in hand with the already existing tools, the public sector and the private sector to develop multilateral initiatives in this important area.
Finally, I want to underline that hosting this meeting in Jordan and the presence of the minister himself, reiterates the commitment of this country and its government to build a strong and sustainable partnership with the European countries and other Mediterranean countries, with values of exchange, solidarity and democracy.