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6th MENA Regional Tertiary Education Conference

  • Starts: Jun 15, 2017
  • Ends: Jun 16, 2017
  • Location: Marseille, France
  • By: WB, CMI
  • Towards Competitiveness and Equity in Tertiary Education in the MENA Region: Collaboration for Good Governance, Sustainable Financing and Internationalization 




    The conference comes as a sixth in a series of regional conferences on Tertiary Education in MENA organized by the World Bank Group and Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI). These conferences were initiated after consultations with governments in the region, resulting in the development of the University Governance Screening Card (UGSC) which has been successfully implemented on a variety of tertiary education institutions in 8 MENA countries, and on the establishing of a collaborative network of universities supported by key international partners and governments. Successive meetings have been organized in Cairo (2011), Rabat (2012), Tunis (2014), Beirut (2015) and Algiers (2016) demonstrating the increased interest on this collaborative agenda in the region. The 2017 Conference will be held at the headquarters of the CMI in Marseille, France, and will be an opportunity to assess progress achieved, share lessons learned, and, more important, discuss the way forward in defining key priorities for regional collaboration in tertiary education.




    This year’s conference will bring together key officers from governments, heads of tertiary education agencies, representatives from international partner organizations, regional experts, and a selected number of the members of the MENA Higher Education Governance and Management Network. The meeting will provide the opportunity to bring together a group of decision makers and practitioners to think collectively about what has been achieved so far and the next steps to be defined in the collaboration agenda.  


    The meeting will be an opportunity to showcase the results of the second edition of the University Governance Screening Card in which more than 120 tertiary education institutions in 8 countries in the MENA region have recently participated. The results will be presented in light of the changes that have happened in the region since the implementation of the first version of the screening card, as well as the development of the local sector in each of the participating countries. This will provide an opportunity for the participants, partners and the organizers to highlight innovations and reforms and identify best practices that would enable tertiary education in the MENA region to further advance towards competitiveness and equity by addressing policy and practice challenges and exploring policy response to issues of improved governance, sustainable financing and internationalization in each of the participating countries.




    Participants will be engaged through presentations and group discussions. The conference aims at encouraging dialogue and stimulating debate, as well as serving as a capacity building exercise for tertiary education institutions in the MENA region.