At the start of the fall semester, Dr. Lamis Jomaa from the Nutrition Department was invited to be a keynote speaker as part of the 2019 Education Conference held at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala, Sweden (August 22-23). The SLU conference addressed several themes such as education for sustainable development, Agenda 2030, internationalization at home, distance education, and intercultural communication.
Dr. Jomaa’s presentation was entitled “Examining the food and nutrition security of refugees and host communities at the intersection of sustainability and internationalization.” Her talk discussed why food and nutrition security (FNS) remain and will continue to be imminent challenges that face the world’s population. A particular focus was on addressing the FNS of vulnerable groups, including refugees, women, and children within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 agenda and what are the main determinants, trends, and consequences of FNS in conflict and displacement-affected settings. The case of the Syrian crisis and its implications on the FNS of neighboring countries in the MENA region was considered closely to highlight promising interventions, initiatives, and solutions currently being considered within this context, while addressing what role higher education institutions currently play through research, teaching and outreach. The talk also included possible barriers and facilitators to the effectiveness and sustainability of these initiatives and what can researchers/professors can do within and outside the classroom to promote internationalization while also bringing meaning and value to the experience of students and beneficiaries.
In addition, Dr. Jomaa co-facilitated a two hour workshop session with her colleague from SLU, Dr. Alexandra D’Urso on “Internationalization and teaching: from idea to reality” providing real examples and case studies as to how teachers and universities can make their courses and programs more internationalized and in alignment with the UN SDGs agenda and goals
For more information about Dr. Jomaa’s involvement with the SLU conference, click here.