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Center for Mediterranean Integration, Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, The World Bank Group
The British Council, UNESCO, Associaion of Arab Universities, International Association of Universities, UNIMED
The World Bank (WB)/Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) Program on Tertiary Education in the Middle East and Northern African (MENA) Region, and international partner organizations with the support of the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education organized the 5th International Conference that will brought together leaders and practitioners from tertiary education institutions, government officials, representatives of quality assurance bodies, tertiary education experts and other key players from the MENA region and beyond with the goal of joint (and peer) learning on the issue of the role of tertiary education, better contributing to competitiveness and employability through improved governance and quality. This year’s conference was held on May 30 - June 1 in Algiers, Algeria, and sought to identify alternative policy options on improving governance and quality assurance in tertiary education as major paths towards competitive economies and societies, and addressed key issues of graduates’ employability in the region and beyond.
The conference was designed to provide an opportunity for participating universities and other tertiary education institutions from the MENA region and from other parts of the world to learn from each other’s experiences and to discuss along with government officials, quality assurance agencies and other local, regional and international organizations.
The conference came as a fifth in a series of regional conferences organized by the WB/CMI Regional Tertiary Education Program and it is part of an overall effort aimed at building capacity in tertiary education institutions in the MENA region; and sharing of best practices on governance, management and quality.
This year’s conference highlighted issues of quality assurance and improved governance in light of the changing realities within the region that ultimately impact tertiary education, especially considering the need to increase competitiveness and employment opportunities.
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