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UNIMED to call for a stronger involvement of Universities in drafting a positive agenda for the Mediterranean

From 22 to 24 November, ISPI – Italian Institute for International Political Studies and the MAECI – Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation organised the 4th edition of the MED – Mediterranean Dialogues, a high-level international Conference aiming at drafting a “positive agenda” for the Mediterranean through new ideas and new approaches to address the region complexities.

In this frame, on 22 November, UNIMED organised the ACADEMIA Pre-MED Forum on how Higher Education can drive positive change and favour integration in the Mediterranean, a topic in line with Pillar 4 “Civil Society and Culture” and Pillar 3 “Migration” of the Rome MED priorities.

This was the first time UNIMED took part in the MED initiatives inviting key representatives of its network of universities to take part in a series of roundtables devoted respectively to: Higher education in crisis context, the contribution of universities in easing conflicts and rebuilding countries; The social responsibility of university; Migration in the Mediterranean as a common challenge: the role of the research in the field of social science and humanities; Connecting educational levels: linkages for avoiding lost generations.

The different speakers pointed out that, in contexts characterized by political, economic and social tensions, it is important to provide the University sector with the appropriate aid for carrying on its missions and playing a pivotal role in preventing terrorism, radicalization, cultural clashes and promoting social and cultural development. They agreed that Universities are in need of political support to achieve their goals, and at the same time they can contribute to the training of future leaders.

The Forum was also the occasion to present the work UNIMED is doing in setting up viable and concrete solutions to face the phenomenon of refugees abandoning their academic training path.

The success of the debates and the engagement of the speakers in addressing the different topics in agenda demonstrates that Universities are a key actor to be involved in shaping a concrete and positive change for the Mediterranean.

Find here the Agenda of the event.

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