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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.
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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.
The workshop on Future of Arab Media in View of Modern Changes, convened in Cairo with Jordan and Arab participants in attendance, recommended a new study plan for the BA degree which would enable the students to integrate cultural and intellectual training for media students on one hand and professional training, so that the focus is on interdisciplinary studies.
The Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities, Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi Al Adwan, who participated in the workshop organized by the Arab Media Faculties Association in cooperation with the Association of Arab Universities and the Arab Higher Studies Council at Cairo University, said that the recommendations also included the development of graduate studies, linking them to a credit hour system, and making training courses for support faculty members a requirement for promotion.
The committee moreover recommended summer training for students at press and media institutions under the supervision of the support faculty members, and making this training a pre-requisite for graduation.
Dr. Abu Orabi added that the workshop called on media students in the Arab World to focus on Arab issues in their graduation projects, specifically on Jerusalem and national security in the year 2017 / 2018, in addition to organizing a festival for graduation projects of media faculties at the Arab universities, signing memoranda of understanding with media institutions regarding student training, and recruiting experts to train at media faculties.
The Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities, Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi Al Adwan, stressed the vital role of the media as a double edged sword, calling on the press and media to deal with the events professionally and with social responsibility.
He highlighted the success of the Arab media in communicating information and effecting change, specifically in the aftermath of the so-called Arab Spring.
Dr. Abu Orabi discussed during the “Future of the Arab Media in View of Modern Changes” workshop, organized by the Arab Media Faculties Association in cooperation with the Association of Arab Universities and the Arab Higher Studies Council at Cairo University, the challenges facing the future of the media. These include legislation restricting public freedoms, the flexibility of political systems and their acceptance of all options, and limited financial support. He called for the establishment of specialized media outlets in response to Arab issues.
On her part, Dean of the Media Faculty at the Cairo University Dr. Jihan Yusri welcomed the participation of Dr. Abu Orabi in the workshop. She stressed that the workshop aimed to develop the educational and training process, to produce media professionals capable of dealing with modern changes, in addition to exchanging experiences among media professors and professionals to identify the actual needs of training media students in the Arab World.
The workshop was attended by media experts at journalism, radio and television institutions from Iraq, Palestine, the Emirates, Jordan, and Egypt. It is also noteworthy that the recommendations of the workshop will be published soon.
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“The International Conference on Governance in Higher Education Institutions” is organized by the Arab Universities Governance Council, which is emerged from the Association of Arab Universities and based in Middle East University. This conference will be held in the Middle East University- Amman, Jordan from 11th to 13th of March 2017. The conference aims to adopt and apply the standards of governance in the Arab universities through the six main tracks that will be addressed in it. All of the submitted papers in the conference will be reviewed by scientific committee which is approved by the General Secretariat of the Arab Universities Governance Council. In addition, all accepted papers will be published in the Association of the Arab universities Journal in a special issue. Universities’ presidents from Arab and International universities will be participating in the conference, in addition to experts and specialists from faculty members and number of international organizations dea
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The International Arab Conference on Information Technology (ACIT'2016) is a forum for scientists, engineers, and practitioners to present their latest research, results, ideas, developments, and applications in all areas of information technology. ACIT'2016 will include presentations to contributed papers and state-of-the-art lectures by invited keynote speakers. Tutorials on current issues and special sessions on new trends related to information technology and software industry could be organized. This conference is considered the official scientific conference for the Colleges of Computer and Information Society, stemming from the Association of Arab Universities. The permanent General Secretariat of ACIT is hosted by Zarqa University, Zarqa, Jordan.
ACIT'2016 will be held at Sultan Moulay Slimane University, Beni-Mellal, Morocco. Beni-Mellal is one of the most important cities of the centre of Morocco with rich historical background and a wealthy agricultural centre.
Beni Mellal is also and mainly the starting point to discover mountains, cascades, forests and wild life in its pure state. It offers to lovers of tourism of adventure, the most beautiful reliefs of High and Middle Atlas. It also has many caves and pits appraised by speleologists.
Beni Mellal is mostly a destination of ecotourism and tourism of culture. This vast garden where fields and farms dispute the space dominated by green plains, is located at the centre of Morocco, easily accessible from Marrakech, Casablanca, Fez, Ouarzazate, Errachidia and Rabat.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
AI & Expert Systems
Algorithms & Applications
Natural Lang. Processing (Arabic)
Decision Support Systems
Geographic Information Systems
Human Computer Interaction
IT & Society
Multimedia & Image Processing
Parallel & Distributed Systems
Reliability & Fault-Tolerance
Virtual Reality Systems
Pervasive & adaptive systems
SUBMISSION OF PAPERS
Researchers should submit a full paper describing their work, maximum of 8 single-spaced double column pages that also include illustrations. The first page should include the paper title, a brief abstract, a set of keywords, and text. Be sure not to include the authors' names in your paper. The abstract should be concise and not longer than 250 words. Immediately following the abstract, no more than six keywords are to be supplied for subject indexing. Keywords should not simply be taken from the title of the paper, but should be representative of the content of the whole paper and characteristic of the terminology used within the particular field of study. The introduction of the paper must be clearly written and should explain the nature of the problem, previous work, purpose and the contribution of the paper. The introduction is assigned number "1", and following sections are assigned numbers as needed. A conclusion section must be included and should indicate clearly the advantages, limitations, possible applications, and future work. The references section is not assigned a number. References should be numbered in alphabetical order by the first author's last name. Citations in the text should be by number and enclosed in square brackets, e.g. . Electronic submission of papers as Microsoft's Word document or PDF via ACIT OpenConf is a must. ACIT OpenConf is a conference management system that automates the paper submission and the whole reviewing process. It can be accessed via ACIT web site at www.acit2k.org. Any question regarding submission or the reviewing process should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. A final preparation format is available in the conference web site. Before final acceptance, all referees comments must be considered and the paper must be formatted according to ACIT camera-ready instructions that are provided in the conference web site. Accepted papers for authors who complete registration will be published in the conference proceedings.
The evaluation of submitted papers is based on the importance and usefulness of the research topic. Technical merits, novelty of the approach, soundness of results, and clarity of presentation are also considered as factors of the evaluation process. Each article will be fully refereed by a minimum of two specialized referees.
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Program Committee Members
Belaid Bouikhalene, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Hicham Mouncif, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Nouyeddine Falih, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Najlae Idrissi, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Mourad Nachaoui, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Mohamed Fakir, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Mohamed Baslam, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Rachid Elaayachi, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Cherki Daoui, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Mohamed Erritali, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Mohamed Gouski, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Mohamed Boutaline, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Jawad Oukrich, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Abdelkrim Maarir, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Abdelkarim Bencharki, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Abdellah Amine, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Mohamed Outanoute, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Abdullah Altobi, University of Nizwa, Oman
Abdulqader Mohsen, University of Science and Technology, Yemen
Adnan Shaout, The Univ. of Michigan-Dearborn, USA
Ahmad Dalal'ah, University of Hail, KSA
Badie Sartawi, Al-Quds University, Palestine
Emad Abuelrub, Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, UAE
Gasm ElSeed Ibrahim, International University of Africa, Sudan
Hamed Al-Fawareh, Zarqa University, Jordan
Hasan Alshehri, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, SA
Khalid Khanfar, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, SA
Mohammed Ababneh, Al Baqa Applied University, Jordan
Mohammad Al-Haj Hassan, Zarqa University, Jordan
Mohammad Ali H. Eljinini, Al-Isra University, Jordan
Mohammed Elammari, University of Benghazi, Libya
Mohammad Hassan, Zarqa University, Jordan
Mohammed Odeh, University of the West of England, UK
Osama Badawy, AAST, Egypt
Rehab Dwairi, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan
Sahnoun Zaidi, University of Constantine, Algeria
Salah Al-Rawi, Al-Anbar University, Iraq
Sulaiman Mustafa, Yarmouk University, Jordan
Talaat Mohyedin Wahby, SUST, Sudan
Thiab Taha, University of Georgia, US
Yasser El-Sonbaty, AAST, Egypt
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Submission of papers: August 15, 2016
Notification of acceptance: October 20, 2016
Camera-ready submission & registration: November 6, 2016
Conference period: December 6-8, 2016
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1) El Mostapah Rakib ,
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ACIT'2016 Secretariat in Sultan Moulay Slimane University:
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Dear Esteemed Colleagues,
The Annual National Convention of Chemistry Teachers (NCCT-2016)
of Association of Chemistry Teachers (ACT) will be held on October 21-23,2016 at Raja N L Khan Women's College, Midnapore, West Bengal along with the National Symposium on "Chemistry and Environment"(CE-2016).
Principal Dr Jayasree Laha,Member ACT Executive Council will be the Convenor of NCCT 2016 and CE -2016.
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1st international conference on new trends for sustainable energy
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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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The following is by Peter N. Stearns, provost of George Mason University. Mr. Stearns plans to retire this summer after more than 14 years in the role.
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After years of paying lip service to the importance of science and technology, Mexico is finally committing itself financially to the priority. And universities in the United States should take note.
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The following is by Jamie Miller, an incoming postdoctoral fellow at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University and a graduate of the University of Sydney.
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