The Global Applied Education Network (GAEN), founded by the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), and the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) are proud to convene the first Global Applied Higher Education Summit (GAHES), to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from February 21-23, 2023. As the ﬁrst global applied, higher education network, GAEN was launched in October 2018 to create an international community of higher education institutions, committed to excellence in applied education. The member institutions share educational best practices in the fields of science, technology and innovation, graduate employability and development of industry partnerships. They also foster collaborative in applied research and related topics, on a global level. In May 2022, HCT signed a Memorandum of Understanding with EURASHE in order to build a common vision within applied higher education and develop better ways to assess and benchmark performances. As part of that MoU, HCT and EURASHE will collaborate to implement developmental and transformative projects, share best practices in applied higher education.