Professor Trevor Spedding, President of the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD), joined representatives from 16 other universities across the Arab world to mark the official launch of the MENA Association of University Presidents.
The Association has been created to promote collaboration in the advancement of higher education in the MENA region, by establishing a dynamic network of university officials that can stimulate debate and influence policy on emerging trends in the sector. As a founder member of the group, UOWD joins universities representing ten different Arab nations, including Jordan, Oman, Morocco, Kuwait and Palestine.
The formation of the Association was signed by university representatives during the opening ceremony of the Higher Education Leadership Forum held in Dubai, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. The Forum brought together over 160 leaders, experts and senior decision makers from higher education institutions, representing 33 countries around the world.
On the signing of the Association, Professor Spedding said, “We are pleased to be one of the founder members of this significant regional network, which will provide an important platform for strategic debate and collective thinking on future policies and practices affecting higher education in the region. Along with our partners in this Association, we aim to build the foundations for innovation and advancement across the sector, focussing on the key issues that will impact the growth of higher education in the coming years, including governance, quality, technology, research, and learning outcomes.”