The conference will explore how universities collaborate in research, addressing issues of high national, regional and global priority: water, energy, and the related environmental and sustainability challenges. In tackling these specific and strategic topics, the conference will discuss more generally the question how Arab and European universities can work closer together in promoting research and research based education, and will also explore relevant policy and funding frameworks. Involving university leadership for over 200 Arab and European institutions, along with policy makers, it will seek to provide concrete recommendations for policy making at inter-regional level and also provide a prime networking opportunity.

The conference is officially opened on 25 April.

On 24 April, you are also invited to join the welcome reception in the evening. During the day, a pre-conference workshop on ‘Lessons learned for collaborative doctoral education will take place. In addition to university leadership and researchers involved in collaboration, it will bring together some doctoral candidates from both regions. Institution interested in nominating a doctoral candidate to attend may contact

Participation in the conference and the workshop is free of charge to members of EUA and its Council for Doctoral Education, AArU, UNIMED and UNICA. More information on logistics, arrival and accommodation can be found on the conference website.

Please refer to the conference website for the programme and further information


The Arab-Euro Conference on Higher Education is a joint initiative of the Association of Arab Universities (AARU) and the European University Association (EUA) that brings together both AARU´s and EUA´s members, in collaboration with the University of Barcelona (U. Barcelona), which keeps its Secretariat. The initiative is guided by a Steering Committee which - in addition to AARU, EUA and U. Barcelona - comprises: Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED), Network of Universities form the Capitals of Europe (UNICA), Union for the Mediterranean (UfM). In addition, institutions and organisations involved in ongoing activities participate in the enlarged Steering Committee, as currently the Technical University of Berlin.