Proposal Submission

Tracks and Topics

Higher education in MENA has been moving from strength to strength, improving in the QS World University Rankings and attracting increasing numbers of international students. What does it take to become a world-class university in the region? Where are the barriers and opportunities for providers and how should they approach them? Will the future see a different understanding of world-class, or will it remain the same?

The knowledge and start-up economies are a burgeoning field, and governments globally are looking towards them as economic drivers of the future. How can universities engage in this area and assist students and graduates to develop the skills needed to become an entrepreneur? Where are the knowledge gaps and what is best practice for helping students develop these skills? How are the challenges and opportunities different by each MENA country and what can be learnt?

The Middle East and Africa have aspirations to become economic powers, and several countries have released plans to overhaul their economies. What is needed form universities to assist in this? What partnerships should be created to prepare for the changes in the coming years?

Demand for the traditional resources sector is beginning to wane and many energy providers are looking towards renewables as the way of the future. With largely resource-led economies, MENA countries are now shifting their focus on new opportunities. What is universities’ role in creating brain gain in the region? Where are the opportunities for higher education, and what opportunities can the sector create? How can higher education facilitate change?

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Submissions by non-academic institutions

Kindly note that there has been a revision in our submission policies. If a non-academic institution would like to present a paper at our conferences, please send in your enquiry to and we will forward this to our conference chair for their consideration.

*Do note that there will be presenter fee applicable for non-academic institution.

Multiple submissions by academic institutions

All proposers of the said event are to abide to the following

  • Each approved presenter will only be scheduled to a single presentation slot in the program

  • Each institution is allowed up to three approved presentation slots, of which are to contain three different presenters.

The above policy has been put in place to ensure the delivery of a varied informative and well-tailored presentations by diverse prominent presenters of the global higher education sector.

The deadline to submit your proposal is 21 August 2020.

Proposals will be evaluated on how well they fit within the theme and applicants will be informed about the outcome of the evaluation by 31 August 2020.