Dear All, Thank you for all your comments and remarks on this HRE listserv. It has been very interesting to follow your discussion. The Amman Centre for Human Rights Studies (ACHRS) will be organizing a conference on academic freedom in the Arab world from 14th till 16th of December, in Amman, Jordan. This scientific conference will be concerned with academic freedom, policies and curricula of higher education and scientific research in Arab countries and provide prospects for the future. Your expertise on higher education is much welcomed at this conference. The conference arises from the need to analyze the current conditions of higher education and scientific research in Arab countries and to explore the ways, means and the available resources to improve and develop these conditions so as to raise the standards of performance and quality in line with international standards. The goals of the conference are as follows: 1) To offer a scientific view of the present conditions and the future of the philosophy, policies, curricula and environment of higher education and scientific research in the Arab countries. 2) To determine the obstacles standing in the way of academic freedom in the educational and research activity and ways of activating these freedoms. 3) To discuss the role of the government and private institutions and the regional and international organizations in supporting and upgrading the educational and research activity. 4) To study and analyze the efforts of bilateral and joint Arab cooperation in the fields of higher education and scientific research and ways of advancing these efforts. 5) To get acquainted with international experiences and to examine the possibility of benefiting from these experiences in the Arab countries. 6) To study and analyze the extent of the harmony of higher education and scientific research in the Arab countries with the international criteria of human rights. 7) To determine the ways and means for activating innovation and superior performance in higher education and scientific research and to confront the phenomenon of the brain drain. There will be three main focuses during the conference: 1) Policies and determinants of higher education and scientific research. 2) Educational curricula in the Arab countries-the present conditions and the future conditions. 3) Higher education and scientific research environment in the Arab countries. The participants will include representatives from government bodies from the Arab world concerned with higher education and scientific research, representatives from Arab League organizations and the United Nations, academics from the Arab world and abroad as well as other experts. We would like to invite you to participate in this conference. One can participate by submitting a paper as well as by attending. For more information and participation form, please contact Amman Center for Democracy and Human Rights Studies at <email@example.com>. With Best Regards Dr. Nizam Assaf General Director Amman Center for Human Rights Studies Jordan E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.achrs.org/ ======== Global Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <email@example.com>. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education/markup/maillist.php If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>. **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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