Najam Speaks at MENA Universities Summit 2021
On April 6, 2021, Adil Najam, Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, spoke at Times Higher Education’s MENA Universities Summit 2021.
Hosted in partnership with NYU Abu Dhabi, the summit brought together leaders of higher education, government, and industry from the MENA region to focus on higher education teaching and research models, while sharing global perspectives on how to nurture a talent pipeline.
Najam participated in a panel titled “Liberal arts and societal impact: How can a liberal education benefit MENA societies?” along with Pascale Ghazaleh, Chair and associate professor at The American University in Cairo, Sari Nusseibeh, Former president of Al-Quds University, and moderator Bryan Waterman, Vice-provost of undergraduate academic development at NYU Abu Dhab. In his remarks, Najam commented on the accessibility of liberal arts education in the region, the importance of a cross-disciplinary education, as well as the the balance between the content, disciplines and mode of delivery within institutions in the MENA.
"The question is not whether we have more or fewer people doing the liberal arts. The question is – have professors created an environment where young people in this space learn how to think? " says @AdilNajam of @BUPardeeSchool @BU_Tweets at #THEmena. pic.twitter.com/goe59jzxvo
— THE World Summit Series (@THEworldsummits) April 6, 2021
A recording of the session is available on the Summit’s website.
Adil Najam is a global public policy expert who also served as the Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan. He is the Inaugural Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and was the former Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). His research focuses on issues of global public policy, especially those related to global climate change, South Asia, Muslim countries, environment and development, and human development. Read more about Dean Najam on his faculty profile.