As global problems need global solutions, the Mediterranean Universities Union (UniMed) is working on dozens of projects across the Mediterranean shores to promote quality education governance, research collaboration, diversity, student mobility, and employability.
Founded in 1991, UniMed is an association of 144 universities from 23 countries on both shores of the Mediterranean.
Governance Projects in Algeria and Iraq
After a long period of strong centralisation, Algerian universities are moving toward greater autonomy and being asked to contribute more to the national economy. That means universities need a medium-term strategic plan that takes into consideration their environments and assures a higher employability rate for their graduates.
To help achieve those goals, UniMed and 12 Algerian universities, along with Algeria’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Commission for the Implementation of Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Algeria (CIAQES), have formed a partnership to support the reform initiated by the ministry on university governance systems with a focus on strengthening quality-assurance mechanisms and the definition of strategic plans.
The project, called ESAGOV, has produced action plans for defining strategies and building the strategic skills of universities’ academic and administrative staffs. It is now in its final phase of revision or definition of the strategic plans, which will be presented in Algiers in January 2023. Four university partners in Europe are assisting in this process.
In Iraq, UniMed has launched the INsPIRE project, coordinated by the University of Siena, to address weaknesses in higher-education institutions’ governance systems and provide models of good governance practices. Some of the models are based on higher-education reforms that have been introduced in other countries in response to global changes such as the economic recession, increased internationalisation, disillusionment with state-centered steering of higher education and the trend toward marketisation of higher education.