AMMAN— On the opening day of the 2022 General Assembly of UniMed, the Mediterranean Universities Union, higher-education leaders and other speakers agreed to pay special attention to future skills and emphasised the need to continue partnerships that meet students’ needs.
In a keynote speech, Marcelo Scalisi, UniMed’s director, described the event as historic.
“We have a lot more work to do than before,” he said. “We are talking about the union’s future, the integration of our societies to meet common challenges, beyond mere cooperation, crossing borders, and cultural barriers.”
Scalisi said the diversity of attendance and the participation of 200 representatives from 19 universities demonstrated the importance of the event, which brought together officials from several Arab countries, including Libya, Yemen, Syria and Jordan.
He also mentioned the cooperation between UniMed and the European Union’s Erasmus Programme for educational exchange, and he announced that the UniMed Summit for Mediterranean Students will be held in Barcelona in November.
He pointed to the importance of integrating activities with the Association of Arab Universities, besides cooperating with regional and international organisations such as NATO and Unesco in terms of higher education, and with Al-Fanar Media as a platform concerned with promoting and covering education issues in the Arab region.
Scalisi stressed the continuation of work to keep refugee and immigrant issues a priority on UniMed’s agenda.