Today marks the 13th anniversary of the Euro-Mediterranean University’s establishment in Slovenia! On the 9th of June 2008, EMUNI was inaugurated at a high-profile event attended by the President of the European Commission, the Secretary General of the Arab League, the Prime Minister of Slovenia and other dignitaries from the Euro-Mediterranean countries. A month later, the Union for the Mediterranean was established, embracing EMUNI under its political umbrella.
The EMUNI President, Prof. Dr. Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry:
“Today, 13 years down the road, EMUNI’s mission as a reference university, a dynamic network of collaborating higher education and research institutions and an inclusive platform for science diplomacy and intercultural dialogue is all the same relevant. We celebrate 13 years of tireless efforts to surmount challenges, capitalise on opportunities and establish a Euro-Mediterranean higher education and research area, the main objective for which we were conceived.From all of us at EMUNI, we wish the Euro-Mediterranean academic community all the best and we promise to continue our efforts in advancing the Euro-Med partnership.”
13 is proving to be a lucky number, and today the EMUNI Team is celebrating its achievements and milestones with you!
So far, EMUNI’s flagship educational programme – the Masters in Intercultural Business Communication – has attracted students from all over the Mediterranean, including Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Syria. This year the IBC had a record number of students enrolled and the Education Department is expecting this standard to continue and improve. Many of our students have the opportunity to conduct a traineeship mobility in other EU countries, including recently Germany and Belgium, and have come away with a very positive experience. For the academic year 2021/2022, the IBC starts on 1st October.
EMUNI continues to expand its educational offerings this year by running the Euro-Med Innovation and Entrepreneurship Diploma from 13 September, launching the Masters in Public Administration on 1st October, and a module in Applied Kinesiology on 15 February, 2022.
As an international organisation, one of the main functions of EMUNI is its diverse network of higher education and research institutions across the two shores of the Mediterranean. The EMUNI Team is proud of its network, which currently gathers more than 130 institutions in its General Assembly, and continues to grow yearly, thus ensuring strengthened collaboration across the region.
PROJECTS AND RESEARCH:
In EMUNI’s short history, it has participated in more than 25 projects, of which it was coordinator of at least 14. Some of our most successful projects include the ongoing VISION Project, MED2IaH and INVOLVE, which is still in its exciting early stages. Find out more on our project pages!
EMUNI’s Research Interests include Euro-Mediterranean regional cooperation; Sustainable development; Blue economy; and Migration. In this context, The Jean Monnet Module was awarded to EMUNI for the period 2020-2023 and will hold a summer school over the course of 3 consecutive summers (2021-2023) on the blue economy to coordinate academic involvement in ocean sustainability as well as contribute to the regional capacity-building effort. The first BLUES Summer School has just started – check out our webpage and social media for updates!
Finally, EMUNI has been publishing The International Journal of Euro-Mediterranean Studies (IJEMS) since 2008, with editions released on a bi-annual basis. As an open-access peer-reviewed journal for the study of the Euro-Mediterranean, it aims to promote engagement with the realities and ideas in the region. Now for the first time, authors can submit articles for review using an online submission system, which we hope will attract a higher number of submissions to ensure IJEMS remains at the cutting edge of scholarly debate and discussion.