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5th International MENA Tertiary Education Conference

  • Starts: May 30, 2016
  • Ends: Jun 01, 2016
  • Location: Algiers, Algeria
  • By: CMI, World Bank, Algerian Ministry of Higher Education
 
  • Paradigm Shifts in Tertiary Education: Improved Governance and Quality for Competitiveness and Employability

    Lead Organizations

    Center for Mediterranean Integration, Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, The World Bank Group

     

    Partners

    The British Council, UNESCO, Associaion of Arab Universities, International Association of Universities, UNIMED

     

    Context

    The World Bank (WB)/Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) Program on Tertiary Education in the Middle East and Northern African (MENA) Region, and international partner organizations with the support of the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education organized the 5th International Conference that will brought together leaders and practitioners from tertiary education institutions, government officials, representatives of quality assurance bodies, tertiary education experts and other key players from the MENA region and beyond with the goal of joint (and peer) learning on the issue of the role of tertiary education, better contributing to competitiveness and employability through improved governance and quality. This year’s conference was held on May 30 - June 1 in Algiers, Algeria, and sought to identify alternative policy options on improving governance and quality assurance in tertiary education as major paths towards competitive economies and societies, and addressed key issues of graduates’ employability in the region and beyond.

     

    Rationale

    The conference was designed to provide an opportunity for participating universities and other tertiary education institutions from the MENA region and from other parts of the world to learn from each other’s experiences and to discuss along with government officials, quality assurance agencies and other local, regional and international organizations.

     

    The conference came as a fifth in a series of regional conferences organized by the WB/CMI Regional Tertiary Education Program and it is part of an overall effort aimed at building capacity in tertiary education institutions in the MENA region; and sharing of best practices on governance, management and quality.

     

    This year’s conference highlighted issues of quality assurance and improved governance in light of the changing realities within the region that ultimately impact tertiary education, especially considering the need to increase competitiveness and employment opportunities.

     

    Objectives

    • First, it brought together institutions of tertiary education that are actively participating in the MENA University Governance and Quality Network co-convened by WB/CMI, government officials, representatives of quality assurance bodies, experts and other key players from the region and beyond with the goal of joint (and peer) learning on the issue of Competitiveness and Employability, by identifying alternative policy options on improving governance and quality assurance in tertiary education as major path towards competitive economies and societies, and graduates’ employability increase in the region and beyond.
    • Second, it served as a capacity building exercise for institutional leaders and practitioners in areas such as, but not limited to, institutional planning, performance assessment, development of indicators, financial management, outreach, internationalization, etc.
    • Third, it supported the dialogue between and among governments and institutions particularly on developing national indicators systems and addressing the pressing issue of the employability of graduates of tertiary education institutions.
    • Fourth, it attracted the participation from institutional representatives from MENA countries not yet participating in the WB/CMI project, and from other regions, especially from Asia, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.
    • Finally, the event was an opportunity to enhance collaboration among existing regional actors in the Mediterranean region, exploring potential synergies in-between programs and facilitating connections among initiatives. This was addressed through the gathering of program leaders of the ‘Education, Innovation and Employability’ cluster of the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI).

     

    Participants' PowerPoint Presentations

    Press Release (EN, AR, FR)

    Agenda

     

     

    Media Round-Up

     

     

    Photos