CAIRO & ROME—Al-Fanar Media (AFM) and UNIMED, the Mediterranean Universities Union, are pleased to announce they have entered into a strategic partnership combining UNIMED’s leadership in promoting collaboration between universities of the Mediterranean basin with Al-Fanar Media’s leading journalism covering higher education, research and culture in the Arab region.
The Mediterranean region has been passing through uncertain and turbulent times, and academics, today more than ever, have a greater educational, advisory and leadership role to play. Policy makers and the public should be able to turn to them for solutions, innovation and ideas. The UNIMED-AFM partnership aims to find opportunities to bridge the gap between academics and the public, and make sure scholars and students alike are heard on topics that are important to education in this region, like migration, employability, digitalization, and diversity, and to help turn those discussions into joint action and collaboration.
“This partnership will play a big role in preparing the future of higher education in the MENA region. Capacity building and best practices will be shared through UNIMED and journalistic coverage, content creation, and dissemination by Al-Fanar Media. This is a partnership for success.” — Wail Benjelloun, a board member at the Alexandria Trust, the parent organization of Al-Fanar Media (AFM), and honorary president of UNIMED.
AFM and UNIMED signed a memorandum of understanding on July 1, 2021, and in a clear endorsement of the partnership had their first operational meeting on Friday, July 9. The collaboration, on top of mutual content production and knowledge sharing and promotion, will include joint organization of training, workshops, seminars and conferences, facilitation of collaboration with mutual partners, and collaboration in fund-raising.