Cardiff Metropolitan University led a consortium meeting in December for the BUilding Capacity in University Management (BUCUM) Tempus project, centred in the MENA region. BUCUM, which is coordinated by Cardiff Met, is in partnership with the European Students Union, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, Arab Association of Universities, Magna Charta Observatory, the Ministries of Higher Education and ten universities in Libya, Morocco, Egypt and Lebanon, as well as university partners in Spain, Italy, and Greece.
The opening ceremony was held in the Presidential Hall at the Arab Academy of Science and Technology (AAST) in Egypt and delegates were welcomed by Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro Vice-Chancellor, along with Professor Ismail Abdelghafar Ismail Farag, President at AAST, and Professor Sultan Abou Orabi, Secretary General, Association of Arab Universities. The importance of BUCUM in aiding the growing demand for effective leaders within Higher Education and in supporting the internationalisation of universities in the MENA region was emphasised during the welcome speeches.
Professor Alfredo Moscardini then provided an overview of the project and its achievements to-date to those attending the opening ceremony. The consortium then met to discuss the development of the project activities and to affirm plans for 2015 - the final year of the project. Overviews were provided on the short courses and MOOCs that have been developed under the project, and partners were updated on the completion of the governance centres within each MENA partner university and plans for the continued dissemination and sustainability of the BUCUM project.
Professor Mohamed Loutfi noted the outcome of the meeting: 'The meeting was a great success, conveyed not only by all in attendance, but by the scope of activities and impact that the BUCUM project has already had on those involved. This meeting ensures the effective implementation of the project objectives, and safeguards its sustainability beyond the lie cycle of the project.'