22 and 23 February 2018, Barcelona – Capitalizing on the continuous and successful cooperation with the Euromed University of Fes (UEMF) and the EMUNI University, the Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), Mr. Fathallah Sijilmassi, signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with the Presidents of these two regional hubs for Higher Education and Research in the Mediterranean, Prof. Dr. Mostapha Bousmina and Prof. Dr. Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry, respectively.
The signature of these framework agreements has the objective of building renewed partnerships through the implementation of a multiannual Joint Action Plan for the period 2018-2020 with a specific focus on the current year on the basis of the UfM Work Programme.
In this regard, the UfM Secretariat and the UEMF will collaborate together in the organisation of a Youth Forum as well as of a networking seminar gathering representatives from academia, industry, research, technology, incubators and national and local authorities from the South Mediterranean countries with the objective to foster the establishment of research and innovation consortia ready to reply to calls for project proposals.
Activities to be jointly organised with the EMUNI University encompass, among others, the EMUNI Annual Conference 2018 “The Future of Knowledge Institutions in the Mediterranean” and the Euro-Mediterranean Science & Arts Festival which will be held on occasion of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the creation of EMUNI University along with the promotion of the educational and training programmes offered by this institution.
About the UEMF
The Euromed University of Fes (Université Euromed de Fès, UEMF) stands as a new centre of excellence contributing to regional stability and integration through the promotion of dialogue, intercultural exchange, sharing of knowledge and cooperation in the fields of higher education, research and innovation.
Its particular regional approach is reflected in the diversity of nationalities of the students and staff as well as in the contents of study and research programmes, which being launched in partnership with well-known Higher Education Institutions from several Euro-Mediterranean countries, focus on important topics for the integrated development of the Mediterranean region.
The UEMF aims at building a new generation of young people with a unique Euro-Mediterranean profile, who can actively play a role towards transforming the region from their future positions in an effective and cooperative way between both shores of the Mediterranean.
About EMUNI University
Established in the frame of the Declaration of the Paris Summit for the Mediterranean (Paris, 13th July 2008), the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI University) is a Euro-Mediterranean institution that gathers knowledge and experience of over 130 universities from 33 different countries, contributing in a significant way to the consolidation of an integrated Euro-Mediterranean Higher Education and Research Area.
Having its headquarters in Piran (Slovenia), the main mission of the EMUNI University is to strengthen mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue in the Mediterranean region by organizing the implementation of accredited study programmes and other educational activities, conducting scientific research as well as coordinating and engaging in projects related to the Euro-Mediterranean affairs and cooperation.
Since 2015, the EMUNI University organises Annual Conferences and thematic workshops aiming at addressing key challenges faced by the Mediterranean region and producing policy recommendations.