Workshop for the development of a project on the Internationalization of Higher Education in the Maghreb and the Middle East
As part of the Governance Initiative for the New French-speaking University Area ("IGNEUF"), the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) promotes the development of structuring projects in the field of university governance for the benefit of the institutions of the French-speaking world's universities. Indeed, the role of internationalization within higher education and research institutions (IESR) and the benefits it brings to their development have been highlighted by numerous studies and field experiences.
As a full member of the AUF network since June 2018, UIR took part, alongside representatives of higher education institutions from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon and Tunisia, in a co-construction workshop organized at the French Embassy in Beirut by the Regional Directorate of the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie in the Maghreb, the Regional Directorate of the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie in the Middle East, and the Francophone Institute for University Governance.
Taking into account the importance of integrating internationalization into the strategy of higher education and research institutions, this workshop aims to support AUF member institutions in the Maghreb and Middle East regions in the deployment of their development and international outreach strategy. The event was also an opportunity to share experiences and best practices in terms of international outreach between the various institutions present, and will have provided answers on the different ways to enhance an internationalization strategy.
As a reminder, the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie is an international association founded more than 50 years ago and is one of the most important associations of higher education and research institutions in the world. It brings together universities, grandes écoles, university networks and scientific research centers using the French language throughout the world, and currently has 990 members in nearly 118 countries.