Shaping a way forward: Higher education futures for the Middle East
A series of armed conflicts and political crises in the Middle East have in recent years fuelled mass displacement and exodus from the concerned areas. The situation has serious implications for higher education: brain drain of qualified academics and professionals, interrupted study pathways and a ‘lost’ generation of upper secondary students with reduced access to higher education, difficulties recognising qualifications and the need for supplementary courses to match requirements in host countries.
Importantly, ongoing conflicts and post-conflict settings call for new types of capacity in higher education, to achieve socially and environmentally sustainable recovery and reconstruction. Profound rethinking of agendas and strategies not only concerns the region itself – there is a need to reconsider the ways higher education in Sweden or other European countries address the new political and demographic dynamics.
You are welcome to participate in a visioning workshop, to collectively reflect on possible higher education futures and strategies to address these developments.
This event is part of the Lund University 350-year jubilee week about the future of higher education.