The Union for the Mediterranean organised a Regional Dialogue Meeting in the framework of the 3rd UNESCO World Higher Education Conference (WHEC2022). The meeting was an opportunity for qualified exchanges between representatives from Ministries of Higher Education of the UfM Member States, the European Commission, and key regional partner organizations and relevant academic stakeholders. UNESCO and the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi), the local organizers of the World Conference, were also present.
The meeting was an opportunity to start drawing up a renewed strategic regional agenda for cooperation on higher education in the Euro-Mediterranean area, especially focused on youth employability and intercultural dialogue. This was done building upon lessons learnt from experience, updating priorities, and ensuring proper follow-up mechanisms for future implementation.
Participants stressed the need of addressing skills mismatches, youth unemployment, fostering partnerships, academic mobility and the recognition of qualifications, improving shared knowledge on internationalization trends and policies, facilitating continuous peer learning on policies and practices addressing common challenges and priorities, and fostering the implementation of joint projects and initiatives.