Erasmus Mundus - Universidade do Porto


Lot1 AL FIHRI programme proposes a coherent promotion strategy of the EU Higher Education and international training, involving 11 universities from North Africa located in the 5 targeted countries and 9 EU partners from 8 different countries.

Lot 1 FATIMA AL FIHRI takes its name from a relevant woman born in Tunisia who spent most of her life in Morocco. In 859, Fatima founded in Fez the world's first academic degree-granting university existing today: the University of Qarawiyyin, which is considered the oldest university in the world. Her name stands for sustainability; women contribution to the knowledge society; and a bridge of knowledge between different cultures through the education. As an analogy of its name, EMA2 Lot 1 AL FIHRI represents a sustainable impact on the institutional cooperation in the region due to the very solid pattern of work in a number of lines which will engage universities in joint work and reflection, fostering knowledge and awareness of strengths and needs; an important setting for real cooperation.

AL FIHRI is a large consortium composed by 20 universities, 11 in North Africa and relevant HEI networks as associated partners. The geographical distribution of the North African partners comprehends all countries targeted by the programme and represent in the one hand, a careful selection of universities with a strong capacity management and proven experience of delivering expected results in their countries and in the other hand, an efficient geographical spread to guarantee equal opportunities for urban and less developed rural areas. Furthermore, the 9 EU partner universities signifies a fair geographical representation of 8 countries addressing cultural and historical links and at the same time, solid universities academically speaking, experienced in harmonization of the Higher Education System methodology. Through the implementation of its strategy and activities Lot 1 AL FIHRI pretends to contribute to the understanding and the cooperation opportunities between Europe and North African HEIs; to contribute to the HE harmonisation initiative; to impact in the mutual enrichment of societies by developing international experienced and skilled women/men; to increase mobility streams between North Africa and EU; to reinforce national strategies of Higher Education development.