Chaire Averroès (EN)

The Chaire Averroès was founded by University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad together with Fondazione Mediterraneo, with the aim to set up a Chair coordinating the studies concerning the Euro-Mediterranean region.

It is a great contribution to the diffusion of ideas and knowledges in the Mediterranean, through intercultural, scientific and cultural exchanges and to the strengthening of the relationships between the two strips, so that knowledge of each other could become a key factor of peace in the region.

The name of Averroès was chosen in order to involve people living in the Mediterranean region in the dialogue of cultures.

The principal aims of Chair Averroès are:

1.  Exchange of knowledges and experiences. A person coming from one of the Mediterranean Countries will monthly lecture with the aim of creating a permanent structure for the exchanges.

2.  Research and PhD: seminars will be organized for PhD students involved in the Mediterranean area, in order to expand on their researches.

3.  The diffusion of an annual publication of the lectures texts and a summary of the discussions originated.

An agreement signed by Koïchiro MATSUURA, Director General of Unesco, Mohamed Knidiri, former President of University Cadi Ayyad and Director of Marrakech Office of FM, together with Accademia del Mediterraneo, founded in September 1999, the “Chaire Averroès”, Unesco Chair of Mediterranean Studies.

The meeting of the partners of the PANORAMED project, financed under axis IV of the Interreg Mediterranean Transnational Cooperation Programme 2014-2020, was held from 5 to 7 July at the headquarters of the Fondazione Mediterraneo. The project aims to identify shared governance tools in the strategic sectors of coastal and maritime tourism and maritime surveillance.
Partners of the project are the 13 European countries bordering the Mediterranean, from Portugal to Cyprus, participants in the programme and represented at the meeting held in the Museum of Peace - MAMT, seat of the Fondazione Mediterraneo in Naples.
The meeting, promoted by the Agency for Territorial Cohesion - Projects and Tools Area, Office 6, part of the Italian Country Coordination Unit, together with the Marche and Lazio Regions, aims to share strategies and activities of the project, with a view to issuing a call for strategic projects that will be launched starting from 2019.
The PANORAMED project is considered strategic by the Agency for Territorial Cohesion and intends to be included in the current debate on the future of the European Union, on the definition of the programming period for cohesion policy post-2020 and on the role of policies for the Mediterranean that the European Union and its member countries will have to implement in the coming years.
The ambition that the project partner countries pursue, thanks also to the implementation of the PANORAMED project, which started on this occasion, is to promote a systemic vision of the initiatives, programmes and projects that affect the Mediterranean in order to identify shared guidelines for the sustainable social and economic development of the whole area.
The conclusions of the proceedings were presented in the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission, which carried out its work in the same forum.
The Mediterranean Foundation presented the Museum of Peace - MAMT and the Chaire Averroes.

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“UNESCO Averroès Chaire” of High Mediterranean Studies - founded in 1999 by Fondazione Mediterraneo and University Cadi Ayyad of Marrakech (UCAM) –starts again its travel. During a meeting between the president Michele Capasso, the president of UCAM Abdellatif Miraoui and the vice-president Bougadir Blaïd, were defined the guidelines for the improvement of  the “Chaire” that, during 10 years, has involved personalities from several countries and thousands of student.

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As part of the 11th Edition of Chaire Avérroes for the Academic year 2009-2010 under the theme "Jeunes et créativité, entre innovation et tradition" ("Youth and Creativity, between innovation and tradition"), Mr. Albert Jacquard: Lecturer, writer, French humanist and geneticist, led, in the Conference Center of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy in Marrakech, a conference entitled: "La construction réciproque des personnes et de l’humanité" ("The mutual Construction of people and Humanity").

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President Michele Capasso made a speech titled "Union for the Mediterranean: balance and perspective" at the 4th Conference of the 10th Edition of the Chaire Averroès at the Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakesh, that celebrates its 30 years of activities.

The Chaire Averroès was founded by Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakesh together with Fondazione Mediterraneo, with the aim to set up a Chair coordinating the studies concerning the Euro-Mediterranean region.

After the Conference President Capasso bestowed the Silver Dolphin Mediterranean Award to the memory of Ahmed Jebli, ex President of the University. (see the event)

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