We pledge to maximise the benefits of digital education to increase access, quality, equity, and internationalisation of education on a global scale, and with a particular focus on Higher Education in the Mediterranean region.
We will implement this pledge through the exchange of practices, and supporting capacity and policy development.

UNIMED - Mediterranean University Union

Rome, Italy
Network or association
Established : 1991
Education and COVID-19 Response


Support the equitable continuation of learning
During the COVID-19 pandemic
Ensure a full and fair return to education
Following the pandemic
Strengthen learning systems
For the future
Supporting and empowering educators

We can build and strengthen university teachers’ capacities to incorporate distance education into their daily teaching in order to facilitate students’ learning, adapting to the challenges of teaching and learning at a distance, thus providing interaction during periods of universities closure, and to bring learning processes and their outcomes closer to learners’ needs.
Concurrently, we address policy and strategies development in the Mediterranean to make digital education a key regional policy priority, and to maximise the benefits of open and distance learning to increase the access, quality and equity of Higher Education in the region, and fostering the social responsibility of universities and their shared values of freedom, democracy, social justice and solidarity.

Regional Focus

Middle East

Countries of Interest

Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, Palestine


UNIMED commits to contribute to the collective effort to find appropriate solutions in the current emergency context, with a particular focus on education in Higher Education in the Mediterranen region. UNIMED will support universities to bring together their expertise to build the missing links for education to continue remotely, and to ensure that responses today valorise local differences, and help to build more resilient societies and democratic access to education in the future. Concurrently, UNIMED will support capacity and policy development at regional level, to ensure an holistic approach in defining policies and strategies for teaching and learning in the region.

Action areas

Digital Learning Content

Create or enable access to teacher training resources

Capacity Development

Capacity development to support distance learning
Capacity development to strengthen system resilience and response to future shocks
Capacity development to support and provide training to teaching staff

Advocacy and Communication

Assess the short-term impact of educational disruption
Evaluate the effectiveness of distance learning strategies

Primary Contact

Ms. Cristina Stefanelli

Project Manager

Senior Contact

Mr. Marcello Scalisi