Primarily, it aims to look at the situation of education in the MENA REGION in relation to sustainable development, conservation of natural heritage, preservation of cultural heritage, sustainable development & citizenship, explore new and innovative ways of getting the schools and universities in the region to lead the way of reform in partnership with the civil community to raise the awareness of the public and policy makers whenever required, shedding the light on the intrinsic value of such economic, cultural and spiritual treasures and their value and their role in the sustainable development of our region.
Secondly, it wishes to explore new pedagogical methods, techniques, , curricula and cross curricular designs/initiatives or experiences in integrating natural sciences in saving the cultural and natural heritage.
Thirdly, it wishes to explore new ways of integrating the environment, sustainable development and citizenship into the science curricula to in which the technical processes of nominating new and pro-active WH sites can be made more efficient and serviceable to the totality of our societies – and to explore the political and economic hindrances to such processes.
Special emphasis will be put on educating the public and guiding policy makers through the use of new technologies that will allow visualizing and representing the value impact of current/future development projects on (e.g. 3D virtual reality, among others) on the natural and cultural heritage. Descriptive projects for public awareness using such technology are valued as well.
Forthly, it aims to explore the ways in which the MENA universities can be of help in training and education programmes for heritage sites integrated management. Which is more sustainable and more efficient in terms of money, time, and effort: short-term training courses or long-term solid Diploma and Master Programs? Simplifying science to the common reader or integration purposes.