Gulf College Oman hosted the first ARELEN Annual International Gathering with the theme “Handling Global Challenges Facing Universities in the MENA region” on 6th-7th February 2017 at Gulf College, Muscat, Oman. During the event, several papers were presented and discussed related to the global challenges, ethical internationalisation, networking, benchmarking, students voice, leadership capacity building for women in higher education and building capacity for responding to the challenges. The event was attended by vice chancellors, deans and heads of academia from 30 different institutions representing 24 countries. During the event, the Governance Advisory Board meeting also took place. The strategic plan for ARELEN 2017-2021 was discussed. The revised strategic plan contains the vision, mission, aims and the objectives as well as the three themes which ARELEN will be focusing on.
ARELEN is focused on cooperative activities between universities in the Arab world and Europe. More information on this event can be accessed at https://arelen.net/events/45/.