Nurturing global talent and research excellence

Abu Dhabi, UAE

With Covid-19 now present in a number of countries in the Middle East and North Africa we have taken the decision to postpone the THE  MENA Universities Summit 2020 until autumn. Our primary concern remains the well-being of our staff, delegates and partners and we believe this to be the most appropriate precautionary course of action. We are working on confirming alternative dates with New York University as a matter of urgency. Updated information will be published on this page as soon as it is available. If you have any questions, or are an existing delegate who hasn’t heard from us, please contact
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What is the THE  MENA Excellence Summit?

The fourth regional Times Higher Education  Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Universities Summit will examine how a global education can provide research and creative opportunities for students that concurrently wield positive social impact for the region.

The summit will focus on higher education teaching and research models for the MENA region, while also sharing global perspectives on how to nurture a talent pipeline.

NYU Abu Dhabi is an ideal host for this summit – as an institution that is a decade old, its fundamental model of education emphasizes breadth through a liberal education core curriculum and depth through rigorous majors. Students at NYU Abu Dhabi are internationally diverse and are part of a global network that prioritises study away as an important component of the undergraduate experience.

Our speakers

Suhair Al Qurashi
Dar Al-Hekma University
Halima Begum
Former vice-president
LEGO Foundation
Tony Chan
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Rana Dajani
Professor of molecular cell biology
Hashemite University
Sara Guyer
Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes
Fadlo Khuri
American University of Beirut
Safwan Masri
Executive vice-president for global centres and global development
Columbia University
Ahmed Murad
Associate provost of research
United Arab Emirates University
Bryan Penprase
Dean of faculty
Soka University of America
Wasif Rizvi
Habib University

I enjoyed the insightful exchanges with my fellow university presidents on the global challenges we’re all facing.

Oliver Gunther
University of Potsdam


The THE Summit Series is an important pillar for supporting the move into the knowledge-based economy.

Nizar Farjou
Associate president for MENA and Central Asia
Monash University


A summit that brings the leaders of higher education under one roof with active discussions and networking towards a better future.

Khaled Alkattan
Alfaisal University

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