Her Excellency Ms. Tanja Fajon, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, held a meeting with the current President of the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI), Prof. Dr. Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry, and his newly elected successor, Prof. Dr. Rado Bohinc from Slovenia, last week to discuss the University´s activities and vision.
As well as to congratulate in person the newly elected President, Prof. Dr. Bohinc, who will assume office on 2 April, the Minister listened to the presentation of the current EMUNI President, Prof. Dr. Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry, on the concept of a fund to empower students from poor or destabilised areas in the Mediterranean, who do not have access to quality education opportunities. EMUNI Management Board member, Dr. Maysoun Ibrahim from Palestine, was also present. The proposal highlighted Palestinian students as potential recipients.
The meeting is a reflection of the stronger ties being forged between EMUNI, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, and follows a ministerial visit to EMUNI in early November that provided a renewed pledge of commitment, and political and financial support on the part of the Slovenian government (below).
Above left to right: Deputy Secretary General of the Union of the Mediterranean (UfM), Álvaro Albacete, His Excellency Prof. Igor Papič, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, President of EMUNI, Prof. Dr. Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry, Her Excellency Ms. Tanja Fajon, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, and esteemed Management Board Member and now Chairperson, Ambassador Hatem Atallah.
EMUNI looks forward to pursuing its mission by fostering a Euro-Mediterranean higher education and research area through its vast network of more than 150 Universities from around 33 Euro-Mediterranean States, thus providing a platform for inter-cultural dialogue and science diplomacy.