The Network MAEM/MEMA is made up of a large number of Universities and other academic institutes from the entire Mediterranean Area that have been working together since 2001.
The Network members are convinced that while much has been done in order to further integration between Europe and the Southern & Eastern Mediterranean, much more remains to be done. In addition, they observe that a concrete, specific, direct working knowledge of the “other side” of the Mediterranean is very limited.
They also underline that any contribution to an increased Euro-Mediterranean integration should be based upon the principles of democracy and sustainable development.
The Network contributes to enhance the Euro-Mediterranean integration by offering a unique educational programme in which the Master in Euro-Mediterranean Affairs (MEMA)/Master en Affaires Euro-Méditerranéennes (MAEM) represents the key element.
The Master MAEM/MEMA has been designed for full-time students. It aims to prepare graduates to acquire knowledge, skills and competences with a genuine Euro-Mediterranean outlook, which they will need as professionals and future leaders.
In addition, the Network:
- Provides the possibility for individuals who work (or who may be unable to study full-time) to attend one or more single course of the MAEM/MEMA Programme, i.e. special students;
- Is developing courses for personnel of public and private sector organisations.
In addition to its educational activities, the Network intends to:
- Develop research projects;
- Organise conferences;
- Engage in other forms of cooperation to further Euro-Mediterranean integration.
The Network members are convinced that the method through which knowledge of the “other side” of the Mediterranean is obtained is as important as the knowledge itself. Therefore its Master Programme offers multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural classes with students from various European and Southern & Eastern Mediterranean countries and elsewhere.
These innovative courses deal with theory as well as with empirical cases taken from Europe and the Southern & Eastern Mediterranean countries. This way, the MAEM/MEMA Programme is as much about “learning about the other” as it is about “learning with the other”.