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Fourth Arab-Euro Conference on Higher Education

Research for sustainable societies – the role of universities

Hosted by Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco

24 - 26 April 2017

  • Background

    The Fourth Arab-Euro Conference on Higher Education (AECHE 4) focuses on research collaboration and capacity building among Arab and European universities. It addresses university leadership from both regions, but also heads of doctoral/graduate schools, individual scholars and project leaders involved in bi-regional research collaboration in energy, water and, generally, in sustainability, from sciences, engineering and social sciences, and last but not least, policy makers and representatives from enterprise and innovative industries related to the issues. 

    The conference will explore how universities can develop research capacity and collaboration in research, addressing issues of high national, regional and global priority: water, energy, and the related environmental and sustainability challenges, which also require social sciences. 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 along with policy makers, it will seek to provide concrete recommendations for policy making at inter-regional level.

    About AECHE

    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, with the collaboration of the University of Barcelona (U. Barcelona), which maintains its Secretariat. 

    The aim of AECHE is to open a sustainable process of dialogue and mutual understanding, to exchange knowledge and to increase cooperation between Arab and European Universities.

    For more information about AECHE and its activities, refer to  


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