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Fifth International Forum on Integrating Arab Infrastructures and the 7th Conference on Education Quality Inaugurated in Casablanca

CASABLANCA - Under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammad VI of Morocco, the Fifth International Forum on Integrating Arab Infrastructures in the Global Environment organized by the Arab States Research and Educational Network (ASREN) and headed by HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh was inaugurated recently in Casablanca..

Holding the Forum coincides the seventh annual conference held by the Arab Organization for Quality Assurance in Education (ARQQA) on quality assurance in education under the title “The Impact of Quality and Accreditation in Education”. 

Both the Forum and the Conference were held in the presence of the Minister of Education and Higher Education in Palestine, the EU’s Delegation Ambassador to Morocco, Assistant Secretary General of the League of Arab States, representatives of international organizations and education institutions and more than two hundred participants from 30 countries.

As a Chairman of the two organizations, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh thanked His Majesty King Mohammad VI for his generous patronage of the forum and the conference on “Integrating Arab E-infrastructure in the Global Environment and the Quality of Education”. He pointed out “This generous patronage from His Majesty constitutes a great support for hosting the activities of research, education and e-infrastructure networks for the Arab region as a whole”.  He also thanked the EU, the Arab League and the representatives of the Arab governments and the educational and research institutions for their support to enhance and boost the scientific research in the Arab countries to the highest level.

He thanked as well HE Robert Joey, the Head of the EU’s Delegation to Morocco, for his participation in the conference. He sees that “such participation reflects the great support to our work in developing the research networks for the Arab region as a whole”. In addition, he thanked Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Palestine HE D. Sabri Saidam, all the delegations from Algeria, Chile, Egypt, Germany, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Netherlands, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, the UAE, the USA and Yemen. Also “HE Mr. Yaser Abdel Moneim, the Director of Education and Scientific Research in the Arab League – our partners in developing the quality of education, and ASREN”.

He stated: “The two-day meeting involved many activities including the Fifth International Forum of ASREN, the seventh conference of ARQQA, EUMED Event 7, EUMEDCONNECT3, Africa Connect2, a workshop on quality management systems and another workshop on the role of the outstanding leadership in the development and the improvement of the educational institutions.

Given the growing interest of the national networks of research and education in the Arab countries in joining ASREN, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh announced both research and education networks in Palestine and Lebanon as two new partners in the Organization.

He stressed: “The Organization will continue to serve the Arab region in the field of developing the best practices of the national network of research and education”. He referred to that “Africa Connect 2 will provide the first international scientific research network that links between Africa scientific research networks since ASREN, WACREN and UbuntuNet are partners with GÉANT in that project."

The international forum is a scientific platform organized by ASREN annually. It aims to promote dialogue between the stakeholders whether they are experts, researchers or decision makers to cooperate in preparing and implementing national and regional e-infrastructure projects and to crystalize education and research issues that basically depend on the important issues of energy, water, environment and others in the Arab region.

Both the forum and the conference aim to raise the awareness on the mechanism of the application of the standards of quality and accreditation in the educational institutions and the developments of the new international standards of different types of education. In addition, both aim to find ways to overcome the challenges that face the application of the quality systems.