AEUA Presidents Meeting 2011 

July 8th 2011

The Association of Arab and European Universities (AEUA) was initiated in 1998 by the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation in The Netherlands. Its prime objective is to facilitate and to stimulate collaboration between universities in European and Arab countries at an institutional, departmental and faculty level. Ultimate goal is to develop human resources and promote understanding between cultures and exchanges between the civil societies involved.

 

Dinner offered by AramcoBetween July 3 – 6, the AEUA (Arab European University Association) University Presidents’ Meeting was hosted at the University of Groningen (arabic  website), one of HAEC’s founding members. The University welcomed delegates from 21 European and 21 Arab Universities to discuss topics of mutual interest and the possibilities of closer cooperation. Specific areas of cooperation include internationalization, leadership and collaboration between Universities in areas of Quality Assurance and Governance and Accreditation. Further, the meeting offered high level networking opportunities for University Presidents to meet their counterparts and other important stakeholders.

The Minister of Higher Education for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Excellency Dr. Khalid  Al Anqari, addressed the meeting in a keynote address on the topic International Higher Education and participated in the meeting for the full two day programme.  In addition, the delegates were addressed by the Dutch Minister of Higher Education, Mrs. Marja van Bijsterveldt-Vliegenthart.

The meeting concluded with an announcement that a workshop on Higher Education and the Link to the Labour Market would be held in November 2011 in Beirut, Lebanon as one of the specific follow up activities which resulted from the AEUA meeting.

Some pictures

Group picture of delegations

Group picture of the delegations

 

The Minister of Higher Education for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Excellency Dr. Khalid Al Anqari, addressed the meeting

His Excellency Dr. Khalid  Al Anqari addressed the meeting in a keynote address on the topic International Higher Education.