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The Association of Arab Universities participated in an academic workshop on Foreign Education in the Arab World organized by the British Council and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Cairo. The workshop was attended by experts and specialists from nine Arab countries. The Secretary General of the Association Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi Al Adwan, representing the Association in the workshop, discussed the status of foreign university branches and distance learning at these universities, the impact of this on scientific research and higher education in the Arab World, and the extent of the success achieved by these universities in the application of these programs. It is noteworthy that the countries participating in this Workshop were Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria, in addition to trainers from Ireland, Canada, Britain and Germany.
The General Secretariat delegation of the Association of Arab Universities, chaired by the Association’s Secretary General Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi Al Adwan, held talks with the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology as part of the procedures to examine membership for the Association. The delegation, which included the President of Alexandria University Dr. Issam Al Kurdi and President of Zagazig University Dr. Khaled Abd El-Bary, examined the infrastructure, study plan and academic programs of the University, along with the Central Laboratory for Research and the various facilities of the University. They were accompanied on the tour by the President of the Egyptian Japanese University for Science and Technology, Dr. Ahmed El-Gohary.
Dr. Abu Orabi said that the Egypt-Japan University is the first Japanese university to be established outside Japan in cooperation with foreign countries which offers both Masters and Doctorate degrees in the various fields of engineering and information technology. He stressed that the University, which is outside the Burj Al Arab area near Alexandria City, constitutes a model of Arab Japanese research, academic and university cooperation
The Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities, Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi, participated in the UNESCO Regional Conference on Quality Assurance at Arab Universities, organized by UNESCO in Bahrain with Arab and foreign participation.
Dr. Abu Orabi spoke at the conference inaugurated by HE Sheikh Mohammad bin Mubarak Al Khalifeh, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Education and President of the Higher Education Council in Bahrain, Dr. Majed Al Nuaimi, on the role of the Association of Arab Universities in promoting education concepts and programs at Arab universities. He also highlighted the role of the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Council which is based at the General Secretariat of the Association, adding that it authored and published 15 academic manual and references on quality assurance in the Arab countries. Finally, he discussed the role of the Association in accrediting academic programs at Arab universities.
Dr. Abu Orabi also participated in the Arab Quality Assurance Network meetings, which discussed the approach of the Network in its work, its mechanisms of operation and its development of quality concepts at Arab universities. Also discussed was the organization of supportive seminars, workshops and conferences in this field, a role played by the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Council at the Association of Arab Universities, which represents most of the heads of national and Arab commissions.
In the same context, Dr. Abu Orabi participated in the International Quality Assurance Network Conference, also held in Bahrain with representatives of 56 Arab and foreign countries in attendance. The Conference was patronized by HE Sheikh Mohammad bin Mubarak Al Khalifeh, Deputy Prime Minister, and attended by the Chairman of the Jordanian Higher Education Accreditation Commission Dr. Bashir Al Zoubi and representatives of Arab and foreign countries. It was decided that the following conference of the International Network will be held in 2019 in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo.
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The Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi Al Adwan signed in London an academic agreement with the British education institution Macat International Limited to promote critical and constructive academic thinking among Arab universities that are members of the Association.
Dr. Abu Orabi Al Adwan told the Jordanian News Agency Petra today, Sunday, that the Association of Arab Universities, in accordance with this agreement, is a partner with Macat in promoting the culture of modern methods of distance education, academic analysis, and assessment of critical thinking tools in higher education. He explained that this agreement signed with Macat fulfills the goals of the Association in promoting the culture of critical thinking at Arab universities and supports member universities with curricula, books and educational materials from American, British and foreign universities.
The agreement was signed by the Secretary General Dr. Abu Orabi Al Adwan on behalf of the Association and Director General Dr. Salah Khalil on behalf of Macat International Limited.
Amman, 6 December
The General Conference of the Association of Arab Universities, in its extraordinary session held at Zaitouneh University recently, decided to accept a number Arab universities as working and participating members, as well as transferring other universities in the Association From participating membership to working membership.
Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities, Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi Al Adwan, told the Jordanian News Agency on Tuesday that the universities that were accepted were: University of Laghouat in the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria; Kafrelsheikh University in the Arab Republic of Egypt; University of Sulaimani, Sulaimani Polytechnic University, University of Human Development, Soran University, International University of Erbil, Erbil Polytechnic University, Ishik Private University and Koya University in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region; Benadir University, Simad University, University of Gezira, Amoud University, and Burao University in Somaliland; Fahd bin Sultan University and University of Business and Technology in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the American University of Madaba in Jordan.
Dr. Abu Orabi added that the Conference also decided to approve the acceptance of the following universities as participating members of the Association, as follows: Sur University College in the Sultanate of Oman, Bayan University in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region and Israa University from Gaza, Palestine. Moreover, it was agreed to transfer the membership of the Lebanese French University in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region from participating membership to working membership.
He pointed out that in view of the marked and distinguished activity of the Association in the past few years and at the recommendations of the Association’s Executive Council, the Conference decided to extend the mandate of the General Secretariat until 1/7/2018.
The Conference moreover decided in its meeting held at Zaitouneh University, with the Assistant Secretary Generals of the Association Dr. Mohammad Rafat
Mahmoud and Dr. Mustafa Al Bashir in attendance, along with 150 presidents of Jordanian and Arab universities and representatives of international institutions and organizations, to task the General Secretariat with deciding the date and venue of the upcoming fiftieth session as it deems appropriate.
Dr. Rafat Participates in Annual Meeting of the Scientific Association of Arab Veterinary Medicine Colleges in Sharm Al Sheikh
Sharm Al Sheikh – The Scientific Association of Arab Veterinary Medicine Colleges convened their annual meeting at Sharm Al Sheikh between 23 and 26 November 2016, hosted by the Suez Canal University, with the Assistant Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities Dr. Mohammad Rafat Mahmoud representing the General Secretariat of the Association in attendance, as well as the President of Suez Canal University Dr. Mamdouh Ghurab, Secretary General of the Association Dr. Falah Shudeifat, and deans of veterinary medicine colleges from Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Sudan.
Dr. Rafat explained that the meeting produced a number of important decisions relevant to developing the academic and clinical education at the BA and graduate study levels, in addition to working on enhancing the academic and research cooperation among veterinary medicine colleges in the Arab World through joint study programs and research projects relevant to livestock in the Arab World. Moreover, it was decided to launch an internationally acclaimed scientific journal that publishes the work of Arab researchers in all areas of veterinary medicine specializations.
He added that the academic councils, associations and centers under the umbrella of the Association of Arab Universities are active and effective arms for the academic plans and programs adopted by the Association, in order to improve the level of higher education at the Arab Universities. The Scientific Association for Veterinary Medicine Colleges, whose permanent headquarters are at the Jordan University of Science and Technology, is an important association, which coordinates and cooperates with the deans of veterinary medicine colleges to organize scientific activities in cooperation with the relevant universities and institutions to keep up with the modern scientific developments in the various areas of veterinary medicine.
On the scientific conference, Dr. Rafat added that the conference recommended mapping all epidemiological diseases to select the best vaccines and serums and assess them on an ongoing basis in view of the isolated genetic map to determine the current status of diseases for animals and birds.
The conference also recommended establishing a national bank for all bacterial or viral isolates to follow-up the genetic changes, supply the vaccines and serums with the latest isolates from the breeding sites as well as focus on the latest Nano technology research in the areas of diagnosis and control of epidemiological diseases. It also discussed the importance of centers to monitor and test animals and birds, both imported and wild, to limit the spread of diseases, especially ones that can be transferred from animals or birds to humans, like bird flu.
Moreover, the conference discussed promoting biosecurity among breeders, training technicians on dealing with suspect cases of disease centers, mapping the productivity of livestock farms, limiting sources of pollution and reducing its impact on people and animals, and using the results of applied research to control the spread of diseases using modern applications at the lowest cost from natural resources.
The recommendations produced by the conference included establishing a body to monitor the health procedures followed while breeding in the farms as well as the production steps in the slaughterhouses and factories (for animals, birds and fish) and another to assess fodder and drugs as well as supervise family farms and knowledge transfer. The recommendations also included twinning among the Arab colleges with regard to curricula and study plans on veterinary medicine inside the Arab World and comparing these with the content proposed by the World Organization for Animal Health, recognized by the Mediterranean Network of Establishments for Veterinary Education. The Arab colleges should also seek twinning with European veterinary colleges to elevate the level of veterinary education as a first step for attaining international accreditation. Additionally, graduate studies and veterinary medicine research should be encouraged among the Arab countries starting with the central laboratory at the Suez Canal University in view of its capacities to deal with diseases in the Arab World.
Many research papers were discussed in the conference in all fields of veterinary medicine. The annual meeting of the Association of Veterinary Medicine Colleges was attended by a number of deans of veterinary medicine colleges, including Tunisia, Sudan, Jordan and Egypt. A number of important decisions were adopted relevant to developing academic and clinical studies at the BA and MA levels, in addition to enhancing academic and research cooperation among the colleges throughout the Arab World using joint studies and research papers on livestock. Finally, it was decided launch an international journal to publish the work of Arab researchers in all veterinary medicine specializations.
“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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Amman (Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan): In continuation of the training workshop series organized by the Arab Council for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of the Association of Arab Universities to support university cadres with innovative and modern methods to attain higher education levels in all academic areas and keep up with the progressive international educational institutions, a specialized training workshop was organized on 20 and 21 November 2016 on designing academic programs and mechanisms of presentation and assessment.
The experts, Dr. Mohammad Rafat Mahmoud, Assistant Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities, the Director of the Arab Council for Quality Assurance and Accreditation and Dr. Abdul Raheem Al Huneiti, former President of the University of Jordan and Council Advisor, offered theoretical lectures and practical training on mechanisms of designing academic programs, in addition to offering examples of designs used at European academic programs.
Dr. Rafat stated that the workshop covered the methods of identifying the specifications, objectives and educational outputs of the academic program, so that important points of program specifications are taken into account. This is in addition to ensuring that there is a vision, message and objectives for the specified program, as well as specific academic terms of reference, engagement of stakeholders in design, fulfillment of the mission and objectives of the curriculum, identification of modern teaching methods and assessment criteria in line with the program’s specificity, and adoption of an advertised periodic plan for evaluating and developing the academic program to ensure effectiveness and quality.
He added that the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Council of the Association organized dozens of academic workshops and activities at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Association in Amman, in addition to organizing a number of similar activities at Arab universities, in order to promote and enhancing the concepts of quality and accreditation. Moreover, member universities are urged to take into account quality and accreditation standards in their academic program. Dr. Rafat stressed that the Council drafted and printed the majority of the manuals necessary for applying quality standards at university faculties, departments and divisions.
The workshop was attended by presidents, deans and professors from Arab universities in Jordan, Palestine, Morocco, Egypt, Bahrain, Sudan, Yemen and Libya.
Qena (Arab Republic of Egypt): As part of the educational, sports and artistic activities organized by the academic institutions operating under the umbrella of the Association of Arab Universities, the Assistant Secretary General of the Association Dr. Mohammad Rafat Mahmoud participated in the 18th Student Creativity Forum convened by the Arab Council for Training of Arab University Students at the South Valley University in the Egyptian city of Qena between 5 and 9 November 2016, with the University’s President Dr. Abbas Mansour and the Director of the Arab Council for Training of Arab University Students Dr. Ahmad Qaisieh in attendance.
Dr. Rafat commented that that Forum was entitled “Youth Treatments and Solutions for Modern Challenges and the Subsidiary Identity Crisis”. The Forum’s themes focused on technological creativity, academic research in humanitarian sciences, artistic creativity, administering and building institutions and community security.
In his remarks at the Forum, Dr. Rafat referred to the importance of developing and fostering student creativity and academic capacities, as well as highlighting them by ensuring the participation of Arab university students in the activities organized by the Arab Council for Training of Arab University Students. He moreover stressed the pioneering and distinctive role played by the Council in providing training opportunities
for the students and coordinating with the Arab universities to discover student creativity and academic capacities. He then thanked the President and faculty of the South Valley University for hosting the Forum and the President and faculty of the University of Jordan that hosts the permanent headquarters of the Council as well as for their continued support to ensure the success of its work. Finally, he thanked the Council’s Director for his efforts.
It is noteworthy that delegations from sixty two universities of eight Arab countries, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Sudan, Oman, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, participated in the Forum.
Jordan Participates in Second Arab Asian Conference for University Presidents in Kuala Lumpur
Amman, 21 October – The Second Arab Asian Global Higher Education summit , inaugurated on the 18th of October under the patronage of the Minister of Higher Education in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, concluded its work today. The Conference was organized by the Association of Arab Universities in cooperation with the Islamic Science University of Malaysia, and included Jordanian and international representation.
The Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi Al Adwan told the Jordanian News Agency Petra that there was Asian and Malaysian interest in this international conference, and added that the attendance of some Jordanian and Malaysian ministers and officials enriched the conference with Asian academic and official intentions to increase cooperation and coordination with the Arab World. The conference was also attended by representatives from India, Uganda, Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Bangkok and Vietnam.
Dr. Abu Arabi continued that the Association started to move in the direction of globalization around five years ago and was able to create a distinctive international academic platform for Arab universities through which they can bridge the gap between the Arab culture and other cultures, in addition to building sustainable academic relations. He pointed out that this conference comes one month after the conclusion of the Fourth Forum for the Presidents of Chinese and Arab Universities, which worked at Zarqa University at the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan recently.
It is noteworthy that the Association’s delegation was led by the Secretary General and included the Assistant Secretary General of the Association Dr. Mohammad Rafat Mahmoud, the Vice President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology Dr. Abdullah Al Zoubi, and the Association’s Manager, May Wahbeh.
Hargeisa – As a follow-up to the visit by Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi Al Adwan earlier this year to the Republic of Somaliland, and based on the membership applications submitted by Amoud University in Burma City and Yaro University to join the Association of Arab Universities, a membership examination committee was formed, chaired by the Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi and including as its members President of Mogadishu University Dr. Ali Al Sheikh and former President of Middle East University Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi Dr. Maher Saleem. The committee examined these universities in terms of the academic qualifications of the faculty members, the ratio of faculty to students, and the facilities including teaching halls and laboratories of faculties and departments, libraries, student spaces and sports courts as well as the system for acceptance and registration adopted at each university and the general conditions for acceptance of students in the various specializations. The committee recommended the acceptance of two universities as members, and the recommendations were submitted to the Association’s General Conference to proceed with the official procedures and make a final decision.
The Association’s delegation, accompanied by the Association’s Director of Media and Public Relations Mr. Waheeb Karajeh, also met with a number of ministers and academic officials in Somaliland.
In a related context, Dr. Abu Orabi announced visits to universities in Somaliland over the next few months to complete the membership examination procedures for Gollis and Nugaal Universities after fulfilling their membership conditions.
The Association’s delegation visited Al Najah University in Yaro City and met with its administrative officials. Dr. Abu Orabi expressed his gratitude to the Somali universities for their prompt response and for working continuously to join the Association as members, as they constitute an important part of the Arab academic institutions which should be engaged in all academic activities, international conferences and official events regularly organized by the Association. This will enable the universities to benefit from relations and communication channels with Arab and international institutions and organizations.
Mogadishu – President of the Federal Republic of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud received at the Republican Palace in the Somali capital Mogadishu the delegation of the Association of Arab Universities headed by the Association’s Secretary General Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi today, Thursday 16/8/2016.
During the meeting, facets of cooperation between the Association and Somali academic institutions were discussed and the Somali President welcomed the delegation and the pioneering role of the Association of Arab Universities at the Arab and international levels. He stressed that Somali universities are part of the Arab fabric, and are in need of support from the Association as well as Arab academic institutions and organizations to exchange experiences and improve higher education in Somalia.
On his part, Dr. Abu Orabi stressed that his visit to the Somali Republic is in line with the Association’s approach of enhancing academic communication and cooperation among all Arab universities all over the Arab World, and enables Somali universities to benefit from the Arab and international academic activities organized by the Association, in addition to benefitting from the academic councils, centers and societies working under the umbrella of the Association. These bodies continuously work to develop all aspects of the educational process, including leadership capacity building, curriculum development, student and faculty exchange, publication of joint research papers, and thesis supervision, among all areas.
Dr. Abu Orabi added that the Membership Examination Committee, made up of the Secretary General Dr. Abu Orabi as its chair, and President of Mogadishu University Dr. Ali Al Sheikh and former President of Middle East University Dr. Maher Salim as its members, examined the membership of Banader University, Al Jazeera University and Simand University in the Solami capital Mogadishu. The committee reviewed these universities in terms of the academic qualifications of the faculty members and the logistical arrangements of each university in terms of instruction halls, laboratories, libraries, student spaces, as well as the conditions for acceptance and registration in every specialization. On the other hand, Dr. Abu Orabi announced the membership reinstatement of the Somali National University, which was visited by the delegation along with the Association’s Media and Public Relations Director Mr. Waheeb Karajeh. Mogadishu University was also visited by members of the Association.
In related news, Dr. Abu Orabi and his accompanying delegation also met with the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Somalia Mr. Mohammad Othman Al Jouri and the Parliament Speaker at the Republic Palace following the visit, along with a number of ministers and Somali officials who commended this historic visit as the first by the Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities.
Barcelona (Spain): The delegation of the Association of Arab Universities consisting of the Secretary General of the Association Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi Al Adwan, Assistant Secretary General Dr. Mohammad Rafat Mahmoud and the Association’s International Relations Advisor Dr. Abdullah Zoubi, participated in the EQTEL training course between 17 and 19 July 2016 in the Spanish city of Barcelona. The training course aimed to create three curricula for online and distance learning, and included participants from the Ministry of Higher Education in Jordan, Yarmouk University, Princess Sumayya University, the Spanish Quality Assurance and Accreditation Board and the University of Barcelona
Amsterdam (Holland): As part of the existing cooperation and coordination between the Association of Arab Universities and the EU in the academic field, the Association of Arab Universities’ delegation, consisting of the Secretary General of the Association Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi Al Adwan, Assistant Secretary General Dr. Mohammad Rafat Mahmoud and the Association’s International Relations Advisor Dr. Abdullah Zoubi, participated in the training course on Strategic Planning to Globalize Higher Education in the Arab World, between 20 and 22 July 2016 in the capital of Holland, Amsterdam.
The course included a program to train a number of faculty working in higher education, at the institutional or ministerial levels, to qualify them as experts in globalizing higher education in their countries and the Arab countries. The participants from Jordan included the Ministry of Higher Education, Princes Sumaya University for Technology, and the Higher Education Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission. From Lebanon, the participants were the Lebanese University and the Modern University for Business and Science, and from Morocco there were two universities, along with the University of Barcelona and the European Association for International Education.
Brussels (Belgium): The increasing cooperation between the Association of Arab Universities, the European University Association and the European Union in the academic field is an important factor contributing to creating real opportunities for communication and direct interaction between Arab and European academic institutions in the academic field, specifically as it pertains to signing joint cooperation agreements and executing joint educational programs.
The Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities, Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi Al Adwan, who participated in the Third Dialogue Conference for the South Mediterranean Countries on Higher Education Policies, concluded in the Belgian city of Brussels on 13/7/2016, stressed that the dialogue will contribute to addressing the challenges facing the higher education sector in the Arab region. The Dialogue Conference focused on the development of cooperation between the European Union and the southern Mediterranean countries in the field of higher education, the role of higher education institutions in times of crises, integrating refugees into the universities, enhancing university independence, creating a framework for national qualifications, and streamlining digital technologies in higher education.
Dr. Abu Orabi also highlighted the prominent and comprehensive role played by the Association of Arab Universities at the Arab and international areans in the area of promoting the level of higher education and serving the Arab communities and current issues, through organizing academic and sceintific conferences, seminars and activities and offering all means of support available to the activities organized by Arab universities. He added that the Association plays a prominent role in the dialogue with the Arab and international institutions to accommodate the refugee students and professors from the Arab countries experiencing extraordinary circumstances.
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.
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Human Computer Interaction
IT & Society
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Kafr ElSheikh University (Arab Republic of Egypt): In response to the request by Kafr ElSheikh University in the Arab Republic of Egypt to the General Secretariat of the Association of Arab Universities to become a member of the Association, a specialized committee was formed to assess the University. The committee was formed under the chairmanship of the Assistant Secretary General of the Association Dr. Mohammad Rafat Mahmoud with former president of the University of Jordan Dr. Abdul Rahim Al Huneiti and President of Assiut University Dr. Ahmad Abdu Gueaues as its members.
Dr. Rafat said that the committee visited Kufur Sheikh University on 12/7/2016 and toured its faculties, divisions, facilities, halls, and support service buildings. He stated that the University has a strong infrastructure and distinguished educational capacities, in addition to offering academic programs that are in line with the requirements of the University’s geographic environment, such as fisheries, various agricultural specializations, and veterinary medicine.
He added that the University has substantial research capacities in several scientific specializations, such as nanotechnology and renewable energy. It is also equipped with the necessary physical requirements, including technological equipment, machines, and laboratories, coupled with an elite specialized and qualified faculty. Moreover, the University enjoys academic and research relations with Europe.
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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Amman 23 June (Petra)
The Executive Council of the Association of Arab Universities convened its first meeting of the Forty Ninth Session today chaired by the Chair of the current session of the Association’s General Conference and the Acting President of the United Arab Emirates University Dr. Mohammad Al Baili.
The Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi Al Adwan welcomed the participants from the Arab countries. He also pledged continued support and coordination of the efforts of all Arab education institutions to produce individuals who can serve their Arab nation and maintain its cultural unity, develop its resources and fulfill its aspirations.
Dr. Mohammad Al Baili announced that the legal quorum was met and introduced the proposed agenda, starting with the ratification of the meeting minutes of the Second Meeting of the Executive Council of the Association of Arab Universities in its 48th Session. He then proceeded with discussions on the mechanisms and means of activating the role of the Association with the universities and the means of enhancing them on an ongoing basis.
Dr. Al Baili told the Jordan News Agency Petra that the Council discussed the applications submitted by the Arab universities to host the General Conference of the upcoming 50th session, taking into account the political and security circumstances in the region, in addition to discussing a number of proposals on amending a number of items of the Association’s Statute.
The meeting was attended by the Assistant Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities Dr. Mohammad Rafat Mahmoud and the Assistant Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities Dr. Mustafa Al Bashir, as well as the President of Al Ein Science and Technology University Dr. Ghaleb Al Rifai, President of Bahrain’s Applied Sciences University Dr. Ghassan Awwad, President of Sudan Sciences and Technology University Dr. Rashed Hussein, President of Al Anbar University Dr. Mohammad Al Hamadani, President of Qalamoun University in Syria Dr. Nabil Al Batal, President of Amman Private University Dr. Sadeq Hamed, President of the Algerian Yahi Faris University Dr. Ahmad Zaghdar, Jerusalem University Office Director in Amman Dr. Rushdi Al Qawasmeh, Chair of the Yemeni Saba University Board of Trustees Dr. Ahmad Al Najjar and the Association’s Administrative Director May Wahbeh.
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Amman – The meetings of the 49th Session of the Association of Arab Universities’ General Conference will be inaugurated on 10 April 2016 at the United Arab Emirates University,which will be for two days, is generously hosted by the United Arab Emirates University and is expected to be attended by over 250 Arab university presidents in addition to representatives of Arab, regional and international organizations.
The participants will discuss the items on the conference agenda drafted by the General Secretariat of the Association on the activities and achievements of the councils, centers and associations of the counterpart, the cooperation between the Association and Arab, regional and international organizations, the Association’s Award for Distinguished Researchers, membership applications by universities wishing to join the Association, and seminars and conferences in which the Association will be participating in cooperation with the member universities. The participants will also discuss Association’s periodical and academic journals published by the academic associations of the counterpart.
The Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities Prof. Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi explained that the upcoming session meetings fulfill the purposes of the Association, namely strengthening cooperation among Arab universities and coordinating efforts among them as well as relations with the universities and relevant regional and international organizations, especially with regard to keeping up with the developments and modern education techniques and models.
The Conference coincides with the 40th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates University, established in 1976.
It is noteworthy that the Association’s General Conference is the supreme body that sets the broad headlines of the Association’s strategy in cooperation and coordination with the Association’s General Secretariat and consists of the presidents of the member Arab universities. The second day of the Conference will be dedicated to meetings of the subsidiary committees: financial, membership, academic and cultural, and organizational and administrative, which will be issuing recommendations to be submitted to the General Conference for approved.
Cairo 4 April - The Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi Al Adwan and the Assistant Secretary General of the Association Dr. Mohammad Rafat Mahmoud met with Egypt's Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr. Ashraf Al Sheihi at his office in Cairo to discuss the participation of Egyptian universities in the Third Conference of the Presidents of Arab and European Universities organized by the Association of Arab Universities in cooperation with the European University Association and the Union for the Mediterranean at the Spanish University of Barcelona between 25 and 27 May.
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.
AMMAN – On Monday February 24, 2014, the Association of Arab Universities (AARU) launched the Arab European Leadership Network in Higher Education – ARELEN in the presence of a number of higher education experts.
“Close interaction between Arab and European universities aims to encourage and improve the performance of Arab universities in all working areas,” said Dr. Amin Mahmoud, Jordanian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research .
AARU Secretary General Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi said the Association co-founded the network in collaboration with Cardiff Metropolitan University and EU-Tempus project "Leadership in Higher Education Management".
According to Abu Orabi, ARELEN aims to build leadership capacities among university presidents and their deputies and provide them with skills desired for sound and quality management practices, adding that the Association will support the network logistically.
Abu Orabi revealed that the network will hold its first activity at the AARU headquarters; a three-day workshop on “ Capacity Building for Internationalization”.
Director of UK Leadership Foundation for Higher Education David Locke said the Foundation will supervise and support ARELEN for two years, indicating that the it will collaborate with the network to implement a number of programs and strategic plans for the development of higher education leadership in the Arab Universities.
Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Cardiff Metropolitan University, said ARELEN is established to serve the Arab academics and enhance the leadership performance of the Arab universities, noting that the network will be headquartered at AARU.
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