The UNIMED General Assembly 2019 will be held on the 24th and 25th of October in Lebanon. It is organised by UNIMED in collaboration with the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) in Jounieh.
Following the previous assemblies which took place in Rome (2016), Paris (2017) and Venice (2018), UNIMED decided to organise this year’s General Assembly in Lebanon and perform the activities in the MENA region.
200 participants from Europe and the MENA region will be attending this event. Among them, journalists, officials, professionals, academicians, policy makers, NGOs representatives and University students. The event has been granted with the Commissioner Johannes Hahn’s, the European Parliament’s and the Anna Lindh Foundation’s patronage.
This year’s General Assembly will give prominence to the participation of students, inter alia through the participation of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN), but also through their various contributions throughout the UNIMED General Assembly agenda.
The UNIMED General Assembly will be a unique occasion to discuss some new challenges for the Euro-Med cooperation as well as for networking opportunities with international and regional stakeholders such as the Association of Arab Universities (AARU), the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) au Moyen-Orient, the European Training Foundation (ETF), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), the Directorate–General for Research and Innovation, the European Union Delegation to Lebanon, the Erasmus National Agencies and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) for a mutual exchange of lessons learnt and best practices.
Moreover, it will be the occasion to discuss relevant topics such as Open Education Ecosystems, Social Responsibility of Higher Education Institutions, the role of Higher Education and Vocational Training on Employability and Entrepreneurship, capacity building and research schemes, as well as UNIMED’s commitment in working with academia to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, working for the implementation of their short- and long-term objectives, supporting their execution in the Euro Mediterranean region, are among the objectives of this year’s UNIMED General Assembly, which aims at achieving those through cooperation activities for a closer and stronger regional integration.
We have to recognize that together we are stronger in facing difficulties, crisis, daily emergencies but also in shaping our future and anticipate upcoming challenges. Stronger cooperation will provide us with better tools to reach our common goals. An Arab proverb states that the “lack of intelligence is the greatest poverty”, but it is time to recognize that keeping our own knowledge without sharing it with others might be even more problematic than having a lack of it.