University Governance and its Role in Transforming Societies in the Middle East

By Adriana Jaramillo

The World Bank

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Transforming Education from Innovation to Implementation Conference: Session D3

I will present the results of a regional study on university governance conducted in four countries: Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco. We have surveyed 50 Universities, using a
questionnaire addressing 4 dimensions of Governance: Context, Mission and Goals, Management, Autonomy, Accountability and Inclusion/Participation. We have engaged in this research at the request of leaders in each of the participating countries. Taking into account that one of the key elements that have been the recent focus of transformation in Tertiary Education reform worldwide has been university governance, we considered that this is essential for the Middle East region. Given the recent events in the region, the transformation process in universities has speed up in Tunisia and Egypt. Due to the critical role of
universities in building democratic societies, this transformation can have enormous impact throughout the region.


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