Nurturing global talent and research excellence

10-12 March 2020, Abu Dhabi, UAE

What is the THE  MENA Universities 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.


Key themes

Together, leaders of higher education, government and industry from the MENA region and international authoritative speakers will debate the role and value of a global liberal education in developing talented individuals who are prepared to meet the demands of a global workforce with cultural sensitivity and ethical integrity.

The summit will also address the importance of broad, interdisciplinary instruction – the cornerstone of a liberal education – and the challenges and opportunities of developing a research culture in the MENA region, as well as how universities can ensure societal impact.

Knowledge diplomacy and how research projects that bridge political boundaries can promote the transfer both of deep knowledge and cultural and political understanding will also be a focus.

Additionally, an exclusive THE  rankings masterclass will explore the methodology behind the World University Rankings, giving an analysis of the MENA region’s successes and future opportunities.


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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