Higher Education & Research

Higher Education and Research are shaping factors of a common and prosperous Mediterranean future.

The Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) actively works in collaboration with relevant stakeholders on the identification, labelling and promotion of specific pilot projects and initiatives which contribute to the establishment of a Euro-Mediterranean Higher Education and Research Area.

Reinforcing and developing the Euro-Mediterranean Higher Education and Research Area will contribute to building cultural bridges between both rims of the Mediterranean, and mutual understanding among people.


  • Empower the two regional centres for Euro-Mediterranean Higher Education: the Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes and the EMUNI University
  • Facilitate coordination and provide a platform for Mediterranean higher education and youth mobility
  • Improve the quality of vocational training and higher education in the region in view of increasing the student employability
  • Facilitate North-South dialogue within Mediterranean scientific research frameworks

Policy Framework

  • First Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on Higher Education and Scientific Research (Cairo, 18 June 2007). Declaration
  • Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Research and Innovation (Barcelona, 2 April 2012)
  • 5+5 Dialogue of Ministers of Western Mediterranean countries on Vocational Education and Training (Marseille, 28 October 2014). Declaration
  • 5+5 Dialogue of Ministers of Western Mediterranean countries on Higher Education and Scientific Research and Innovation (Rabat, 19-20 September 2013) (Madrid, 23-24 March 2015) (Tunis, 30-31 March 2017)
  • Ministerial Conference on Strengthening Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation through Research and Innovation (Valletta, 4 May 2017). Declaration

Projects & Initiatives

The Eastern Mediterranean International School is a new international boarding school located in Hakfar Hayarok, Israel, which welcomed 140 students from 40 countries all over the world at the opening...
The Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes (Université Euro-Méditerranéenne de Fès, UEMF) stands as a new regional centre of excellence contributing to regional stability and integration throug...