The Western Mediterranean Forum on Higher Education, Research and Innovation
The Ministers in charge of Research, Innovation and Higher Education in the Dialogue 5+5 Member Countries of the Western Mediterranean, are committed to foster promotion of research, innovation and higher education for social stability and economic growth.
To stimulate growth and employment, the 5+5 Dialogue countries agree to deploy more efforts to promote entrepreneurship, a powerful engine of shared prosperity. In fact, the creation and growth of enterprises promotes employment and development of new skills, reinforces innovation and increases market potentials.
Many countries are engaged in processes of reforming their political, economic and social systems to stimulate investment, to encourage initiative and to foster strong economic partnerships that are essential throughout the Western Mediterranean region.
Dialogue 5+5 Member Countries need to revitalize their economies to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth for the purpose of developing disadvantaged regions and enhancing job creation in line with international labour market standards. Research, innovation and higher education play a key role in job creation. There is a need for solid framework of cooperation and conducive synergies among the ten countries.
Confronted with several challenges, the Dialogue 5+5 Member Countries are invited to deepen their partnership to further stimulate economic growth and social stability.
In this context, Dialogue 5+5 countries are encouraged to continue cooperation with the Secretariat of the UfM and build on possible synergies with relevant UfM initiatives and projects such as the Mediterranean Initiative for Jobs (Med4Jobs), the Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes and the EMUNI University.
The Group of Senior Officials
The Dialogue 5+5 Ministerial Conference on Research, Innovation and Higher Education celebrated in March 2015 in Madrid (Spain) has agreed on the creation of a “High Level Group”, later renamed as “Group of Senior Officials” (GSO) to align its name to other GSOs created in the context of Dialogue 5+5.
Benoit Labat Deputy Head of the Department Strategy, Expertise and Management of International Cooperation Programs, Mission Europe et international pour la recherche, l'innovation et l'enseignement supérieur
Antoine Weexsteen Department Strategy, Expertise and Management of International Cooperation, Mission Europe et international pour la recherche, l'innovation et l'enseignement supérieur
Maria Cristina Pedicchio President, National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics
Mounir Ghribi International Cooperation and Strategic Partnerships, National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics
Angelo Camerlenghi Director, National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics