One of its immediate objectives is to strengthen its presence in the EuroMediterranean University and Union for the Mediterranean, as well as in the new mobility programmes proposed by the Mediterranean Youth Office. New Master's and PhD programmes will be developed for this purpose, intensifying the Erasmus Mundus and Tempus programmes and expanding the international activities included in its current offering.
Priority objectives for the internationalisation of CMN would be the formulation of a promotional plan focused on the Mediterranean countries, the creation of agencies for foreigners' orientation, language training programmes including Arabic and French as important Mediterranean languages, the creation of a Mediterranean studies centre and the establishment of a CMN development and cooperation office.
Also, it is worth pointing out, the subscribed agreements with EMUNI, COTEC and the Spanish Innovation Foundation that will support the actions launched within this scope.
The following map shows the current CMN presence in the Mediterranean countries in terms of mobility programmes, research projects, and training & cooperation activities.
Teaching improvement and adaptation to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)
The main challenges of CMN in the teaching field within the EHEA are to increase the attractiveness of the training offering, ensure the quality of the training process in the context of adaptation to the new EHEA requirements and develop new training products or services.
In the context of internationalisation of the teaching offering, CMN will renovate its postgraduate training offering to include the areas of excellence within the CMN project. It will create an e-learning area to facilitate part-time and on-line education, develop a promotion plan for innovation in teaching quality, enhance student-attracting aimed policies with special focus on the Mediterranean area and promote the integration of Professional Development degrees in Higher Education.
Improving science and knowledge transfer
The main challenges in improving science and knowledge transfer are to encourage collaboration, strengthen the impact of scientific production in the international arena and enlarge the effective response to the technological needs of the technology companies located near CMN, with the main objective being the exportation and adaptation of the new solutions to potential clients of the entire Mediterranean basin.
To meet these challenges, CMN proposes creating three areas of focus in the CMN initiative with the support of the appropriate agents of industry, forming programmes promoting the involvement of talented international researchers and for facilitating international mobility, creating promotional plans for interdisciplinary research and the promotion of the CMN network of research institutes, creating a network of scientific-technological CMN facilities and strengthening those facilities oriented to the CMN focus areas, creating an evaluation and technology commercialisation unit (RRTO CMN) including its whole portfolio and its technology observatory, promoting an entrepreneurial culture and encouraging the development of knowledge-based companies.
Campus transformation towards a comprehensive social model and its interaction with the local environment
The main objectives related to interaction with the territorial environment and the development of an integral social model are related to an effective response to the housing demand, use of services, use of physical and virtual amenities, campus accessibility and transport availability, employability of orientation technology modernisation to adapt it to the needs of the territorial market and to the eco-efficient and sustainable use of infrastructure resources, assurance of adaptation of all services and facilities for all users, promotion of cooperation and social volunteerism and optimal and transparent management.