ARELEN is an outcome of the Tempus project "Leadership in Higher Education Management", coordinated by Cardiff Metropolitan University. Co-founded by Association of Arab Universities.

ARELEN serves as a network that will help universities and academics to be able to respond more effectively to the demands placed on them by society and current and future generations of students. ARELEN will support universities in their transformation process through the provision of a platform to exchange best practices and experiences between universities in the Arab region. At the same time, ARELEN will function as a bridge between the Arab region and Europe to increase international cooperation and for universities in the two regions to mutually learn from each other.