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Med Culture is a Technical Assistance Unit funded by the European Union for the promotion of culture as vector of Human, Social and Economic Development in South Mediterranean countries. 
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Promoting higher education and advocacy initiatives as key to a better cultural environment

Promoting higher education and advocacy initiatives as key to a better cultural environment

Beirut, 1st April 2016

How to promote a better cultural eco-system? 

 About 50 cultural actors coming from 7 Arab countries (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia) will participate in two workshops organised through the Med Culture regional programme, funded by the European Union and endorsed by the Ministry of Culture in Lebanon. These workshops will be organized back-to-back at the Zico House and the Gefinor Rotana Hotel, in Beirut, from 2nd to 6th April 2016.

The first workshop will address the issue of advocacy as a methodology and a discourse on how to promote the value of culture as an asset that can be developed further. It will look into how to build strategic alliances and how to open doors of dialogue between civil society actors in the culture sector and the respective government institutions; it will also look into the cross cutting dimension of culture and the necessity to connect with other fields. 

The second one will address the issue of higher education and Vocational Education and Training (VET) in artistic disciplines as well as policies and cultural management.  It revolves around a number of concerns, including the availability and quality of university programmes providing degrees/modules/courses in artistic disciplines and in policies and cultural management; certification and employability; mobility and exchanges, and prospects for partnerships. Representatives of Ministries of Culture, Higher Education, and Labour from Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia and Palestine, academics and cultural operators will propose concrete ways to improve the quality and variety of higher education and VET programmes in the disciplines concerned and make them more accessible; and examine how these improvements will increase opportunities for the employability of graduates and professionals.

These two activities are invaluable for promoting the culture sector and allowing participants to exchange over the challenges they face across the region; they also empower them to become actors of change. To date, about 1200 cultural operators have benefited from/contributed to Med Culture activities. 

Med Culture is a 4-year (2014-2018) regional programme funded by the European Union to accompany partner countries in south of the Mediterranean in the development and improvement of cultural policies and practices related to the culture sector. For further information about Med Culture please visit the website www.medculture.eu 

For further information or inquiry please contact Suhair Muhye Al Deen, Communication & Networking Expert: E-mail. s.muhyealdeen@medculture.eu

Cell. +39 33 56 061 29

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