Programa en castellano

Wednesday, 25 May

16.00 REGISTRATION at AECHE's Office, UB Building
17.15 Since most participants stay in Alimara Hotel, transport service to the conference venue is provided
19.00
  • Setting the stage: Regional and bi-regional visions for peace

     

  • Ramon Torrent, Head of AECHE Secretariat, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

  • Guilherme d'Oliveire Martins, Administrator, Caloutse Gulbenkian Foundation, Vision Europe Summit

Wail Benjelloun, former President of Mohammed V University and of the Conference of Moroccan Presidents, current President of the Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED)

20.30

Reception

 

 

Thursday, 26 May

 

 

 

 

8.00 REGISTRATION at AECHE's Office, UB Building
8.15 Since most participants stay in Alimara Hotel, transport service to the conference venue is provided
9.30 – 10.30
  • Opening - Master of Ceremony: Zeineb Mazouz, AECHE Secretariat

     

  • Dídac Ramírez i Sarrió, Rector, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

    Raül Romeva, Minister for Institutional and External Affairs and Relations and for Transparency, Government of the Generalitat de Catalunya

    Jorge Sainz-Gónzalez, Secretary General for Universities, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, Spain

Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona, Spain

 

Presentation of the Conference

 

Sultan Abu-Orabi, Secretary General, Association of Arab Universities

Lesley Wilson, Secretary General, European University Association

10.30 Group photograph at the Paranimf
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 - 13.00

Session 1: Universities’ contribution to interregional dialogue, collaboration and conflict solving

 

Roundtable: Perspectives from policy makers – responses from the university community

 

Chair: Lesley Wilson, Secretary General, European University Association

 

Ashraf Shihi, Minister, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Egypt

Octavio Quintana Trias, Principal Adviser for Migrations, DG for Research and Innovation, European Commission

 

Sinead O’Gorman, European Director, Scholars at Risk Network

Salim Dakash, Rector, Saint Joseph University, Lebanon

Christian Thomsen, President, Technical University Berlin, Germany

Charalambos Vrasidas, Director, Centre for the Advancement of Research & Development in Educational Technology (CARDET) and European Municipalities Network (MuNet), Cyprus

13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.30

Session 2: Parallel workshops: Key challenges currently facing Arab and European universities

 

W1. Identifying and implementing the right funding instruments to support effective internationalization strategies

 

Chair: Marcello Scalisi, Executive Director, UNIMED, Italy

 

Claire Hermann, Policy Officer, DG EAC, European Commission

Abdallah Al-Zoubi, Vice President, Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Jordan

Stefanie Kottowski, DAAD, Germany, Representative of the HOPES Consortium - DAAD, Campus France, British Council and NP - NUFFIC - (Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians), a project funded by EU's "Madad Fund"

Hady Mahfouz, President, Holy Spirit University at Kaslik, Lebanon

 

 

W2. Universities working together to face difficult current challenges:  Recognizing and facing the permanent and common challenge of integrating refugees. Displaced universities: A Challenge to our assumptions on the nature of universities and the functions of higher education

 

Zsuzsanna Gabor, Director of Academic Cooperation and Research Support Office, Central European University, Hungary

Sanja Sontor, Kiron Open Higher Education, Germany, together with Ute Clement, Vice-president, the University of Kassel, Germany

Mohammed Najeeb Abdul-Wahed, Former Deputy Minister for Higher Education, Syria

Yannick Du Pont, Director, Entrepreneurship and education for post-conflict societies (SPARK), the Netherlands

15.30-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-16.30

Keynote Speech: Towards an Arab-Euro Joint Initiative on Research

Lahcen Daoudi, Minister, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Morocco

16.30-18.15

Session 3:  Educating citizens: The role of universities and other post–secondary educational institutions

 

Chair: Helena Lindholm, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

 

Christiane Timmerman, Professor, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Marwan Awartani, President, Palestine Technical University, Palestine

Mohamed Abaili, Deputy VC for Academic Affairs (Provost), UAE University, United Arab Emirates

Rami Ayoubi, Cardiff Metropolitan University, United-Kingdom, and the National Erasmus+ Office, Syria

18.30 Buses will depart to Alimara Hotel
20.00 Official dinner at the Alimara Hotel
22.30 Bus from Alimara Hotel to UB

 

 

Friday, 27 May

8.30 Since most participants stay in Alimara Hotel, transport service to the conference venue is provided.
9.30-11.00
  • Session 4: Skills to address global challenges

 

Chair: Sultan Abu-Orabi, Secretary General, Association of Arab Universities

     

Sinéad Lucey, Irish University Association, Ireland

Mostapha Bousmina, President, Euro-Mediterranean University of Fez, Morocco

Luciano Saso, President, Network of universities from the capitals of Europe (UNICA)

Rashid Hussein, President, Sudan University of Science and Technology, Sudan

Larysa Samosonok, Vice-Rector, the Donetsk National University of Economics and Trade, Ukraine; together with Viktoriya Voropayeva, Vice-Rector, the Donetsk National Technical University, Ukraine

11.00-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-12.30

Session 5: Perspectives for higher education in Arab-EU policy dialogue  

 

Chair and General Rapporteur: Elizabeth Colucci, EUA & Universitat de Barcelona

 

Paulo Speller, Secretary General, the Organization of Iberoamerican States for Education and Culture (OEI)

Ghaleb A. El Refae, President, Al Ain University of Science and Technology, Al Ain, UAE

Ferran Tarradellas, Head of the EC Delegation in Barcelona, former EC spokesperson for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Response to Crisis

Mohammed Rhachi, Vice-President for Governance, Mohammed V University, Morocco

12.45-13.15

Closing ceremony

 

Dídac Ramírez i Sarrió, Rector, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

Sultan Abu-Orabi, Secretary General, Association of Arab Universities

Lesley Wilson, Secretary General, European University Association

13.15 - 15.00 Lunch
15.00 - 16.30

Post conference programme:  Exchange of good practices in ongoing Arab-Euro higher education collaboration and Networking:

 

TEMPUS Project: Modernisation of Institutional Management of Internationalisation
Erasmus+ Project: Opportunities for the young and graduates employability in Vietnam

Erasmus+ Project: Réseau Méditerranéen pour l’Employabilité

Arab European Leadership Network in Higher Education

 

15.00

1st set of buses will depart to Alimara Hotel

17.30

2nd set of buses will depart to Alimara Hotel

 

 

Organisers

 

Universitat de Barcelona

 

 

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