AMMAN—As UniMed concluded its 2022 General Assembly here on Thursday, the organisation’s president called for more cooperation among institutions and societies globally to solve the urgent problems of a “planet that belongs to all of us.”
The remarks by Francisco Matte Bon, president of UniMed, the Mediterranean Universities Union, reinforced an emphasis heard frequently during the two-day conference on the need for more integration of societies to meet common challenges.
The assembly was held in person at the University of Jordan, bringing together academics, professionals, and education leaders and policy makers from Europe and the Middle East.
‘Respect for the Other and Humanity’
Matte Bon, who is also rector of the University of International Studies of Rome and a professor of Spanish language and translation, said the theme of this year’s event—“Shaping the Mediterranean from Cooperation to Integration”—was very important.
“There have been relations between the Mediterranean countries and their neighbors throughout history,” he said. “They dealt with each other in a turbulent, sometimes violent, or controlling framework. In the twentieth century, new ideas emerged. Of course, we did not solve all the problems of the world, but we tried to build a new and different world.”