Europe’s newest university has opened its doors. The University Centre for Euro-Mediterranean studies in Portoroz, Slovenia offers students a pretty coastal setting doubtless conducive to studies. It is part of a network of partner universities around the Mediterranean basin; two Palestinian, four Israeli, four Turkish and an Egyptian faculty, probably with a Moroccan partner to come.
The presidents of the Arab League and European Commission were present for the opening ceremony, and hopes are high it will provide a cultural and intellectual bridge between Europe and the Middle East, offering opportunities for young people from both regions to learn about each other.
It is seen as a vital part of the Barcelona Process, begun 13 years ago to build closer political, economic, and social ties between the EU and other Mediterranean states. It will begin awarding its own degrees in the 2009/2010 academic year.