An-Najah Participates in UNESCO World Higher Education Conference (WHEC2022)
A Delegation from Palestine participated in the 3rd World Higher Education Conference (WHEC2022), which took place from 18 to 20 May 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. The delegates, Dr. Muammar Eshteiwi, Mr. Fadi Abu Bakr, and Dr. Sana' Al-Sarghali, Professor of Constitutional Law and Holder of the UNESCO Chair for Human Rights at the University represented Palestine to attend the event with the aim of producing and sharing knowledge, research, practices or impactful ideas to enhance higher education institutions and systems, locally and internationally.
The WHEC2022 was organized by UNESCO with the generous support of the Government of Spain, the regional Government of Catalonia, the City Hall and the Regional Authority of Barcelona and in partnership with GUNi/ACUP.
It aimed at offering new knowledge, innovative ideas creative alliances, and produce an enlarged and reinvigorated coalition of the global higher education community in favor of the 2030 Agenda for Development and beyond.
On the second day of the conference, Dr. Al-Sarghali presented a speech as a motivational and inspirational speaker at the speaker corner. The speech focused on discussing the importance of teaching constitutional law and youth participation in development. She also discussed the role of higher education and universities in the support and promotion of the Palestinian identity, and in shaping youth's personalities and national identity.
Dr. Al-Sarghali also talked about the educational community awareness campaigns carried out by the UNESCO Chair on Human Rights and Democracy such as "Youth" Series which aimed at enhancing youth political participation, motivating youth to present their visions and themselves as a strong and effective alternative, for they represent the young Palestinian society. The series also stressed that youth must participate in decision-making positions and processes in proportion to their size in society.
WHEC2022 focused on reshaping ideas and practices in higher education to ensure sustainable development for the planet and humanity”. It included round tables and discussions that worked towards a “Roadmap 2030”, which was launched on the final day of the conference.
It brought together relevant stakeholders to define and prepare a roadmap for a new era of higher education. This roadmap will respond to the challenges faced by humanity and the planet, with special attention to the global disruption created by the COVID-19. Furthermore, the conference included discussions on both the higher education systems (norms, policies, structures, stakeholders) and institutions (universities, specialized entities, networks).