The President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, inaugurated the first meeting of the Jordanian member universities of the Mediterranean Universities Union. The meeting, which was organized by PSUT through visual communication technology, sought to introduce the Union’s activities and discuss the means of cooperation it provides with the European and Arab member universities.
Speaking in the presence of the Union's director, Dr. Marcello Scalisi, and the presidents, vice presidents, and international relations managers, of the universities, Prof. Al-Refai said that the Union’s work constitutes a milestone in the process of bringing about academic cooperation between member universities and creates a vital field suitable for increasing opportunities to benefit from capacity-building projects and the exchange of expertise.
Al-Refai added that PSUT was keen, under the directives of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El-Hassan, Chair of its Board of Trustees, to join the Union to help advance scientific progress and build bridges of cooperation between local, Arab and international universities.
Al-Refai also reviewed PSUT's experience during the five years since it became a member of the Union, addressing the projects in which it has participated, cultural exchange projects for staff and students, seminars, training workshops and annual meetings that it has organized and participated in.
Dr. Scalisi gave a presentation on the founding of the Union, and the role of its sub-networks of higher education institutions in serving their societies. He also talked about opportunities for progress for Union-funded projects, and opportunities for building partnerships between Jordanian and European member universities.
He also touched on the international report published by the Union in cooperation with the Union for the Mediterranean on funding opportunities for higher education institutions in the southern Mediterranean, which was co-prepared by PSUT.
The Jordanian universities that participated in the meeting were: the University of Jordan, Yarmouk, Mu’tah, Al al-Bayt, PSUT, Al-Ahliyya Amman, Arab Amman, the Middle East, Petra, Al-Zarqa Al-Ahliyya, Al-Isra, Applied Sciences, Jadara and Aqaba for Technology.
Founded in 1991, UNIMED has its headquarters in the Italian capital, Rome and has a membership of 141 universities from 23 countries in the Mediterranean basin. Jordan is represented on the board of directors by the President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai.