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AU-EU Summit 17-18 February 2022: A Science Agenda

The AERAP Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Platform will organise side events at the AU-EU Summit on 14-18 February 2022. The purpose of the meeting will be to promote awareness of the contribution of collaborative research and development as a critical aspect of EU-Africa relations and collaborations, in particular in addressing global challenges together.

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Convenor: Yousef Torman

Science Cooperation Advocate
For around thirty years, I worked in ICT at highly reputable institutions in the higher education and scientific research sector. During my work, my main focus was to use technology, mainly ICT, for the development and enhancing the lives of people in my community and beyond through better use of new technologies in education and scientific research”. In 1989, I started my work as an Engineer at the Computer Center of Jordan University for Science and Technology, being responsible for establishing the campus network and installing high-end main servers and managing the students' and academics' computing and services environments services.

In 1999, I successfully established and managed the New Computer and Information Center at Jordan University of Science and Technology and was promoted to the Director of that Center. At that time, we served around 16000 students, 3500 faculty and staff member through advanced infrastructure and a wide range of services beyond campus borders.

In 2005, and at the national level, I established and managed the Jordanian National Research and Education Network (Jordanian Universities Network (JUNet), serving 11 Universities with more than 250000 students and 25000 faculty and staff members all were connected to the national and global research and education networks.

In 2012, and at the regional level, I played a prominent and critical role in the efforts and initiatives that aimed to establish a Pan-Arab regional e-Infrastructure for education scientific research for a long time. These efforts were concluded by establishing the Arab States Research and Education Network – ASREN – for which I am currently the Managing Director—hoping to serve hundreds of Universities in the Arab Region and to connect them with other regional and global research and education networks to enable collaboration and facilitate access to educational and research resources and services around the world.

I firmly believe that the only way to develop research and education and enhance our communities and the lives of people in our countries is by using new technologies rather than going traditional. Therefore, my focus and ambition now is to help provide the appropriate communication networks and tools to the Arab research and education community.
This can be achieved by establishing dedicated national and regional research and education networks. It has been realised globally that it is essential to establish dedicated networks with advanced communication and collaboration tools, computing services and applications to the research and education communities at both national and international levels. This will provide a comprehensive environment for the researchers to extend their research and collaboration beyond their labs and lecture halls.

Monday, February 14

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Tuesday, February 15

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Wednesday, February 16

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