Launched back in 2012 by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC), this dialogue gathers high-level civil servants responsible for higher education or international cooperation from Southern Mediterranean and European countries, universities and students organisations.
The objective is to provide a regional platform for policy dialogue on higher education, to share good practice and experience among the participants, in particular using the rich experience gathered through the Erasmus+ programme, to evaluate EU assistance and identify further needs for support and to promote regional cooperation.
Two years after the third policy dialogue meeting, participants took stock of recent policy developments at EU level and in Southern Mediterranean countries in the higher education field. The thematic focus of the event was on "Improving the quality of teacher education", "teacher" being considered as school education (primary/secondary levels) and higher education teachers.
The event gathered around 110 participants from 12 EU Member States and 9 partner countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia). The Southern Mediterranean Delegation were composed of representatives from Ministries responsible for higher education and school education, representatives from universities involved in teachers' education, National Erasmus+ Offices and the Embassies to the EU (located in Brussels).