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General Assembly 2011

The General Assembly of UNIMED - Mediterranean Universities Union - carried out from July 7th at the Rectorship of the University of Salento, Lecce, ended on July 9th. UNIMED celebrates this year the 20th anniversary of activity since its foundation in 1991.

Al lot of remark cues for the future of the scientific cooperation within the Mediterranean and the international academic collaboration, emerged during the workshops’actvities of July 7th and 9th and the international conference of July 8th, thanks to the interventions of the delegates from the European CommissionWorld BankEIB (European Investment Bank), UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization), UPM (Union for the Mediterranean), Sardinia region for ENPI CBC MED and of the Puglia region for the trans border cooperation and thanks to the participation of all delegates of UNIMED associated universities.

The Conference of July 8th saw the participation of numerous representatives of the academic and institutional worlds of both shores of the Mediterranean basin, reaffirming the necessity of undertaking the strengthening of Euro-Mediterranean scientific cooperation, of the mobility of students and researchers, so entrusting the Universities with a leading role for the reinforcement of democratic institutions throughout the Southern shore countries.

During the Assembly of July 8th the new President of UNIMED was appointed, Prof. Domenico Laforgia, rector of the University of Salento, whereas for the charge of Vice-president was appointed the rector of the University of Cairo, prof. Hossam Mohammad El Kamel.

Programme of activities during the General Assembly:

7 July

- Programme of the Workshop in cooperation with the World Bank and the CMI on ” Quality Assurance and Governance”

- Programme of the workshop: ” Research in the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation. Two examples: Transports, logistics and technological innovation”

8 July: 

- Programme of the International conference:”The role of University in the Mediterranean area in transformation”

- Programme of the workshop organized by Unimed-Students: ” The mobility of students in the Mediterranean area”

9 July: 

- Programme of the Workshop on “Project design and International Cooperation”

- Programme of Workshop on Sub-network “Tourism in the Mediterranean” 

To know who attended the General Assembly, please see the attached document:


To know the overall agenda of the General Assembly, please see the attached document:


Under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic

With the contribution of Monte dei Paschi di Siena Bank

With the patronage of:

European Parliament

The Representation in Italy of the European Commission

Italian government – Presidence of the Ministries Council

Senate of Republic

Chamber of deputies

•-   – Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research

Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Puglia region

Lecce Municipality

– IAUP International Association of Presidents

– World Bank

– European Bank of Investments

– Center for Mediterranean Integration

– Fondazione CRUI Italian Universities Rectors’ Conference