Wafi Haj Majid, chair of the department of Arabic language and literature at Global University, in Beirut, said universities need a new vision after the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Students come first, then communities, which means we must serve both students and communities,” Majid told the forum, speaking remotely from Lebanon.
Citing one example of an area where greater partnerships were needed, he said students from small universities were sometimes unable to borrow books from larger universities. If this was happening even in the same country, then it must be a great challenge across the Arab world, he added.
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The Association of Arab Universities should take control of university libraries in the region, Majid said.
Majid said he also wanted to develop research through university partnerships.
He concluded: “Universities are afraid of competitors, but the world is becoming a small village and partnership is the solution to many of our problems.”