Cardiff Metropolitan University hosted the annual Arab European Leadership Network in Higher Education (ARELEN) Governance and Advisory Board (GAB).
The GAB membership includes rectors and presidents from: Spain, Jordan, Italy, Egypt, Germany, Bahrain, Lebanon and the United Kingdom. In addition, the board has representation from British Council (BC), Magna Charta Observatory (MCO), European Universities Association (EUA) and Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA).
ARELEN is an outcome of the Tempus project: Leadership in Higher Education Management (LHEM). ARELEN is founded by Cardiff Met and is now a sub-organisation of the Association of Arab Universities (AArU).
The meeting was officially opened by Cardiff Met President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Antony Chapman and Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Mohamed Loutfi. The meeting was chaired by Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities, Professor Sultan Abu Orabi, and discussions were led by Secretary General of the Magna Charta Observatory, Mr David Lock.
Commenting on the event, Professor Antony Chapman said: “We were delighted to welcome the ARELEN GAB members to Cardiff Met. The diversity of the board reflects the international presence and impact of the network of the Higher Education sector in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region.”
Professor Sultan Abu Orabi added: “We aspire through collaborative support and efforts of all partners to contribute effectively in enhancing higher education in the region.”
The GAB agreed that the next ARELEN programme will take place at the Arab Academy for Science and Technology (AAST), Egypt, Cardiff Met’s TNE partner, in February 2016. This will be followed by a programme that will take place during the Association of Arab Universities’ annual conference in the United Arab Emirates in March 2016.