Cooperation has proved, time and time again, to be a fundamental factor in shaping our future. This is as true for the European Union as it is for the rest of the world, and UNIMED is an integral part of this work.
With these words, Mariya Gabriel, Member of the European Commission, started her message addressed to UNIMED members and partner institutions gathered in Amman, last June 22&23, 2022 on the occasion of the UNIMED General Assembly, hosted by the University of Jordan.
165 participants from 19 countries joined the event, most of them coming from Universities but also representatives from Erasmus Students Network, NATO, European Union Delegations, UNESCO, Embassies, European Training Foundation, Association of Arab Universities, Erasmus+ National Agencies, FAO, UNHCR, PRIMA, Union for the Mediterranean, Ecctis Limited, Manaseer Group, Edraak.
Many speakers, representatives of the academic world and of international institutions and organisations, have taken the floor in the event to address together the common challenge of “Shaping the Mediterranean from Cooperation to Integration”.
In the two-day event, several topics have been discussed. Attention has been paid to the New Agenda for the Mediterranean, that, as highlighted in the message of the Commissioner Gabriel, “it is a committment to work together”.
Then, the importance of the University collaboration has been touched in topics such as Peace and Security, Media and disinformation, internationalisation and the available opportunities to foster this University dimension. The relevance of a Digital and Open Education, an aspect that has taken the tone of urgence in these last years because of the COVID19 pandemic, but has offered the possbility to transform the emergence in strategic alliances.
The same attention has of course been devoted to Employability, Intercultural dialogue and Governance that are among the thematic that UNIMED carries on with its members and partners also through the work of its SubNetworks and thanks to the projects co-funded by the European Commission.
The fundamental role of the youth for a more sustainable future has been present all along the event. And during the 3rd Edition of the Start Cup competition, held on June 21st as a side event of the General Assembly, young students have pitched their entrepreneurial ideas. A jury composed by UNIMED, ETF and AUF has awarded the most innovative one: a disposal that transforms noises into energy.
After 30 years of activities, UNIMED is glad to continue its work with its members and institutional partners.
Resources and a photo gallery of the event are available at this link.