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Arab Nations, through their research and academic centers, together with other countries around the world, have been seeking to keep up-to-date with international happenings and challenges and to continually reform to better serving the needs of their constituents and the communities involved. To realize these goals, the Association of Arab Universities (AArU) together with the Association of Agricultural Research Institutions in the Near East and North Africa (AARINENA) and some regional/international partners are setting out to strengthen their multi-stakeholder capacities on research and innovation for development. The new strategy on towards 2030 focuses on reforming and strengthening industrial research and innovation systems, enhancing multi-lateral collaboration, and influencing development in the Arab and NENA regions. More specifically, the lack of a good grasp on the value of innovative work products on sustainable development and the potential bearing it has upon economic growth across the entire Arab and NENA regions all call for concerted efforts to address such concerns.
- a) Establish collaboration between countries in the Arab world and the NENA region in the diverse domains of research and innovation for socio-economic development, and help them engage in ongoing development efforts in the developed countries around the world,
- b) Introduce member countries to the significance of adopting innovation as the way to go for economic development and growth, and
- c) Explore the current success stories in the Arab world and NENA region in the diverse fields where innovation can lay a foothold
The Association of Arab Universities Organizes the Fourth International Conference on Arab Impact Factor: Classification of Arab Universities
Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama, Secretary General of the association of Arab Universities, opened the 4th International Conference on Arab Impact Factor, in the presence of international, regional and local representatives from various Arab and African universities, scientific research institutions and various sectors of research, academic, cultural and intellectual.
The conference was attended by a number of Arab university presidents. The conference discussed a number of ideas with researchers about the scientific developments in the International Classification of Arab Journals and their relation to the academic classification of Arab universities, documentation, archiving and scientific publishing.
A number of workshops and public lectures were held on the sidelines of the conference, and the owner of the Scopes platform presented a detailed explanation of the Arab Universities Association's initiative to establish a platform to maintain production in Arabic, in accordance with international standards.
Dr. Amr Salama stressed the importance of the Association's role in adopting and assisting innovative ideas in the Arab world and the transformation of the Association's strategy which aims to develop the Association's performance and provide public and quality services to the higher education sector in the Arab region.
Salama highlighted the new projects being carried out by the Association, including an agreement with El Sevier, owner of Scopus and Digital Commons. The agreement aims to preserve the scientific production in Arabic and other languages through the classification of Arab periodicals and magazines issued by the Association of Arab universities, or its academic institutions, in addition to the publications of Arab universities and members of the Association.
AMMAN: The Secretary General of the Amman based Association of the Arab Universities (AARU) Omar Salamah estimated the number of Syrian refugee students enrolled in the Jordanian universities in the 2018-2019 academic year at around 6,700, majoring in different scientific fields.
Salamah said in a statement issued recently that the AARU has carried out a special project to support Syrian students taking refuge in Lebanon, Iraq’s Kurdistan and Jordan.
The project, which is funded by the United Nations along with Turkey, Germany and the Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED), is carried out in cooperation with the National Erasmus. It seeks to help partner countries’ universities enroll Syrian students in different academic majors through setting specialized units to help and employ them.
He said that the mission of these units is to support Syrian refugee students in resuming their academic and professional lives.
Salamah said that in addition to scholarships, the project offers training courses for Syrian students in various professional and technical spheres, teaches languages and organizes field science trips and activities to heritage sites in countries that are included in the project.
He highlighted that the AARU keeps in touch with the universities that enroll Syrian refugees to follow up on their academic progress.
Syrian students in Jordan are concentrated in the Yarmouk University, Zarqa University and Al-Zaytoonah University, he added.
The AARU will keep supporting the Syrian students and, in cooperation with Jordanian and Arab universities, will work on offering them with what they need to continue their higher education in an environment that stimulates creativity, he explained.
He stressed the need to provide a suitable environment for teaching and scientific research for Syrian students to harness necessary skills required to get a future job in the host countries or in their own in case they return after the end of the crisis.
Salamah emphasized that the AARU has been contacting international organizations to offer scholarships for Syrian refugees in universities all over the world.
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Qusay Al-Suhail received a delegation from the Association of Arab Universities headed by Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama, Secretary-General of the Association of Arab Universities (AArU).
Dr. Qusay Al-Suhail expressed the willingness to foster the collaboration with the Association of Arab Universities and to support the Association in its programs at pan-Arab and global levels.
Dr. Amr gave a summary about AArU academic programs and plans and discussed with the Iraqi Minister University grants donated by the ministry, ways to expand Iraqi universities' membership and Iraqi universities' membership fees.
The delegation member included Dr. Nabeel Abdel-Saheb, the President of Al-Nahrain University and Member of the Executive Council , Dr. Sari Hamdan, President of Al-Ahliyya Amman University, Mr. Waheeb Karajeh, Director of Media & Public Relations and Dr. Harith Al-Janabi , consultant for the Iraqi universities' affairs.
The meeting was attended also by Dr. Hassan Massoudy, Vice Chairman of the Education Committee in the Iraqi Council of Representatives, Dr. Majid Al – Shurafa, Chancellor of the Middle Technical University, Dr. Lebanon Shami, Dean of Baghdad College.
The delegation as an Examining Committee member visited Al-Mustaqbal College, the Middle Technical University and College of Baghdad to check their membership.
At the end of the visit, it was decided to grant them membership of the association of Arab Universities.
The Association of Arab Universities, is a non-governmental organization that was established in 1964 upon a resolution issued by the Arab League and its membership includes more than 350 Arab Member Universities.
Please note that the elected secretariat general of the Association of Arab Universities has commenced its term as of 1st of July 2018, for an initial term of three years.
The Association of Arab Universities is headed by Prof. Amr Ezzat Salama, the Secretary General, and two Assistant Secretaries General; namely: Prof. Khemissi Hamidi and Prof. Abdelrahim Hunaiti.
Our Association is working on establishing a direct link with Associations of higher education institutions in various regions of the world and we are the solely legal Arab Association of universities recognized and legally registered in the Arab League, and any other form of Arab Universities Associations are not representatives of The Association of Arab Universities.
With Best regards.
Prof. Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama
The Egyptian Ambassador to Jordan, Mr. Tareq Adel, received in Amman on Wednesday, 4/7/2018 the Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama
They discussed in the meeting the joint cooperation between the Association and Egyptian universities and academic institutions and ways to enhance it
Dr. Salama stressed that the Association of Arab Universities was established in 1964 upon a resolution issued by the League of Arab States and seeks to raise the level of higher education and universities in the Arab world, pointing out that one of the priorities of its work is to coordinate the efforts of Arab universities and promote joint Arab cooperation.
During the meeting, His Excellency, Mr. Tareq pointed out the depth of relations between the Association and the Egyptian universities and the readiness of the embassy staff to cooperate with it for the benefit of the Arab societies
The Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama took office on 1 July 2018 at the Association of Arab Universities headquarters in Amman for an initial term of three years, after winning the General Secretariat elections at the General Conference of the Association held in the United Arab Emirates recently.
Assistant Secretary General Dr. Abdul Rahim Al-Hunaiti also has just started his new job as Assistant Secretary-General of the Association of Arab Universities.
Dr. Salama said that he is happy to stay in Jordan because of its cultural images and a safe atmosphere that formed a model for security and stability in the region.
About the Association of Arab Universities, he said that he is in the process of announcing an ambitious plan and a scientific and practical strategy to continue the achievements of the Association and to improve the Arab universities international standing.
He thanked the former Secretary-General Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi, who ended his term of office for the previous two sessions, praising his efforts in upgrading and developing the Association during his tenure.
It is noteworthy that Dr. Salama was a Minister of Higher Education, the president of Helwan University, was also a former member of the Shura Council (upper house of parliament in Egypt) and head of its housing committee and is the chairman of the Management Engineering Society.
Dr. Salama received the Medal of Sciences and Arts of the First Class, the State Award for Science in engineering science, published numerous articles in international journals and conferences and supervised hundreds of graduate students.
Dr. Hamidi Assumes Duties at the Association of Arab Universities and Praises Jordanian Achievements
Amman 2 December 2018
The Assistant Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities Dr. Khamisi Hamidi Al Jazairi described the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II as wise and brave in championing Arab rights, especially Jerusalem and the Palestinian cause.
He congratulated His Majesty and the Jordanian and Arab people on the occasion of the New Year, wishing for continued blessings in the New Year.
In his first interview after assuming his duties at the Association’s headquarters in Amman, he expressed his happiness at working in Jordan alongside elite Jordanian and Arab academics to serve generations in various areas of the Arab World.
He praised the academic and research developments in Jordan following the establishment of public and private universities as well as the Research and Development Center. He stressed that the higher education policy in Jordan follows a studied and comprehensive vision.
Dr. Hamidi, who represents for the first time Maghreb Region in the General Secretariat of the Association, also praised the urban developments and achievements in various areas, especially security, in a region plagued with constant turmoil where Jordan is an oasis of safety and security.
Before joining the Association, Dr. Hamidi was President of Algeria University and supervised hundreds of graduate students. He has many publications in the fields of arts and humanitarian sciences, and was Director of the Global Soufi Rhetoric Journal, in addition to chairing hundreds of Arab and international academic and literary seminars.
It is noteworthy that Dr. Hamidi won in the new general secretariat elections for the first time on behalf of the Arab Maghreb region, at the conclusion of the
Fiftieth Conference of the Association of Arab Universities, held in the UAE with over 70 presidents and directors in attendance.
Barcelona – A delegation of the Association of Arab Universities, chaired by the Secretary General of the Association Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi Al Adwan, and including the Assistant Secretary General of the Association Dr. Mohammad Rafat Mahmoud and Director of the Association’s General Secretariat Mrs. May Wahbeh, participated in the launch of the project Modernization of Institutional Management of Innovation and Research in Southern Neighboring Countries, Mimir, on 29/2/2016.
The participants discussed the Project’s objectives and strategic plan, as well as the position of the management in academic research institutions in Europe. Presentationswere also made by academic research management in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Kingdom of Morocco.
The project launch activities were attended by, in addition to the Association of Arab Universities, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Balqa Applied University and the Science and Technology University, from Jordan. From Morocco, they were attended by the Ministry of Higher Education, Mohammad V University, IbnTufail University, and Sultan Moulay Suleiman University. From the European side, the attendees were the Association of European Universities, the Mediterranean Universities Association, University of Rome, Sapienza University, Milano University in Italy, the Catholic University Louvain in Belgium and Montpellier University in France.
Moreover, the delegation of the Association discussed with Barcelona University the special arrangements for the convention of the Third Arab European Conference to be held between 25 and 27 May 2016 in Barcelona University, which holds the Permanent Secretariat of the Conference. The Conference is being held in cooperation between the Association of Arab Universities, the European University Association and Barcelona University.
On 9 March 2015, AArU Secretary-General Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi met with a delegation from Istanbul Medeniyet University.
The delegation comprised of Istanbul Medeniyet University president, Prof. Muhammet İhsan Karaman, and Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the University Prof. Orhan Davutoglu.
Assistant Secretary-General Dr. Musatfa Al Basheer and Director of the Secretariat General of the association Mrs. May Wahba also attended the meeting.
During the meeting, the two parts reviewed the positive results of the First Turkish-Arab Congress on Higher Education, which was held in Istanbul last April, and resulted in a number of memoranda of understanding between Arab and Turkish universities.
In a related context, the two sides agreed to hold the second Turkish-Arab Congress at the level of university presidents in the period from 20-24 April 2016 in Istanbul, and to increase the number of participants in the conference from the Arab side to 200 university presidents and 50 students.
AMMAN - The participants of the 7th meeting of the Arab Council for Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Arab Universities called for holding a consultative meeting at the level of directors of quality and accreditation bodies in the Arab world with participation of the Council’s Board of Directors.
The 7th meeting, which was held at the headquarters of AArU on Wednesday January 28, 2015, was chaired by the Secretary General Dr. Sultan Abu-Orabi and attended by Assistant Secretary-General, Dr. Mohammad Rafat Mahmood - who is also the Council’s Chairman - Dr. Mustafa Al Basheer, Director of the General Secretariat Ms. May Wahbeh, directors of Arab quality assurance and accreditation commissions, and members of the Board of Directors of the Council who are from Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait, Yemen, Bahrain and Iraq .
The Council recommended to begin in granting QA and accreditation certificates for academic programs at the level of Arab Universities as a trial, in addition, they recommended developing QA and accreditation standards for Shari’a and Islamic Studies colleges in the Arab universities.
In turn, Abu-Orabi stressed the need for the Arab universities to coordinate with quality and accreditation bodies in the Arab countries, to contribute to maintaining a high-quality higher education in the Arab universities. He also invited the participants to attend the Fifth International Arab Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education (IACQA'2015) which will convene during the period 3-5 March 2015, at the University of Sharjah.
The participants highlighted the Council’s achievements during 2014, most notably the issuance of quality and accreditation manuals for nursing and information technology disciplines, the Council also issued quality and accreditation manuals for other academic programs and for the open and distance education in English.
Moreover, the Council implemented several activities and workshops in 2014, aimed at the dissemination of the culture of quality which has become an important component, in the Arab world and worldwide, to guarantee a good level of education.
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