The first Arab-Euro Conference on Higher Education concluded Friday (May 31st) in Barcelona.
The conference, which welcomed more than 100 university leaders from 50 European and Arab countries, was hosted by the University of Barcelona, the Association of Arab Universities and the European University Association, according to University World News.
Conference sessions included discussions on internationalisation and international co-operation in higher education, the employability of graduates, research collaboration, knowledge exchange and the role of associations.
Arab universities must work together to prevent cultural and economic stagnation in the region, the official Petra News Agency quoted Jordanian Princess Sumaya bint al-Hassan as saying in her keynote speech at the conference.
Education policymakers in the Arab world must consider the journey Europe has undertaken in recent decades to gain courage and inspiration for current challenges, said al-Hassan, who is the president of the Jordanian Royal Scientific Society and chair of the Board of Trustees of Princess Sumaya University for Technology.
The Arab world also has its own cultural heritage to draw on, she said: the modern concept of the university evolved in the Arab world and the drive for education and research is a fundamental aspect of Islam.