Does your university as a body deliver projects to record and/or preserve intangible cultural heritage such as local folklore, traditions, language, and knowledge?

Beirut Arab University- Tripoli Campus and Tripoli Vector Lions Club organized a conference entitled “Heritage in Our Life”. The event was attended by Mr. Mokbel Malak, representing HE Mr. Najeeb Mikati, Mr. Mohamed Kamal Ziehdeh representing Minister Ashraf Reefi, Dr. Mostafa El Helweh representing Minister Mohamed El Safadi, Dr. Saad El Din Fakhoury representing MP Robert Fadel, HE Dr. Khaled Ziiedeh, Lions Governor of the Region Mourched Hajj Chahine, BAU President Prof. Dr. Amr Galal El Adawi, General Secretary of the National UNESCO Commission Dr. Zahida Darwiche, BAU Vice-President for Tripoli Branch Affairs Prof. Dr. Khaled Baghdadi, BAU Deputy Secretary General for Tripoli Branch Affairs Mr. Mohamed Hammoud, Branch Coordinator, Mr. Ahmed Sankari, as well as the faculty directors at the Branch and a large crowd of members of the civil society from all over Lebanon. 


After the Lebanese National Anthem was played, Dr. Jean Touma, Conference Coordinator, spoke, highlighting the necessity to identify the points of intersection between heritage and originality on the one hand, and the changes and transformations sweeping across the region.


This was followed by a word delivered by the editor in chief of “Research Publication” Periodical, Eng. Issam Obeid, who stated that the publication of these studies has provided a rich reference on the Lebanese heritage.


Mr. Ayman Maaliki, head of Tripoli Vector Lions Club, focused in his speech on the objectives of the Lions Club, which are mainly to offer guidance, consultation and awareness programs on the importance on the cultural heritage. Engineer Mourched Hajj Chahine specified the heritage that reiterates the dissemination of the culture of a closely-knit family, hospitality and respect.


Prof. Dr. Amr Galal El Adawi, president of Beirut Arab University stated in his speech that there is no contradiction between preserving one’s heritage and modernization, since the heritage that we seek to revive today was considered technology at those times in history.


The first session was moderated by Lawyer Rasheed Jalkh who stated that our heritage is an image of a regenerating Lebanese past.


Dr. Marlene Haydar Najjar discussed in her presentation to necessity to preserve popular poetry. She concluded that it is not sufficient to identity and document one or more elements of the non-material cultural heritage, and hence registering it in the National Heritage Record. Popular poetry was, therefore, added to the representative list of human heritage at the UNESCO. The greatest challenge, yet, is to manage these elements in the post-registration phase to ensure their continuity.


Dr. Miriam Andraous Kawwal focused in her presentation on the image and heritage in children’s bed-time songs, stating that these songs are an authentic source for the depiction of the nation’s characteristics, traditions and customs. They are also one form for expressing their joys, concerns and experiences.


The Film Director Hussam Khayyat analyzed in his presentation on Heritage and Cinema the movies made by the Rahbani brothers, with special focus on the Lebanese movie “El Bosta”. He concluded that the younger generations call for the revival of the heritage without discarding or destroying the old, for the aim is to preserve it, and to renovate and improve what has been damaged.


The final presentation in the session was delivered in French by Prof. Nadia Iskandarani, who surveyed and analyzed some of the aspects of the Lebanese heritage as traced in the writings of the French travelers of the 19th century.


The second session was moderated by Dr. Nabil Harb, Director of the Faculty of Architecture at BAU, Tripoli Branch. He maintained that the Lebanese heritage is both rich and diverse, ranging from a material heritage extending from the days of the Phoenicians down to the present day, to a non-material heritage handed down in its various cities and villages. 


The first presentation was delivered by Dr. Samir Itani and was entitled “Heritage and its Role in Shaping Identity”. He stated that is it essential for any nation to modernize its heritage, since this is proof of the continuity and distinction of its culture, and thus its identity. Dr. Maha Kayyal’s presentation was entitled “Folklore Identity and Tourism”, and she argued that all this mobility of the Lebanese heritage may be promising but not sufficient to establish sustainable developmental policies to market it for touristic purposes, whether locally, regionally or internationally.


Dr. Ali El Ali entitled his presentation “A Village Painting”, and he focused on the paintings that have been inspired by village life. These represent a rural heritage that was both a source of inspiration for the artists and a return to spontaneity and values. The session was concluded with a presentation by Eng. Wassim Naghi, entitled “Heritage in Architecture”, which dealt with the transfer of cultural forms and nature into the realm of architecture.

At the end of the conference, a set of books on the Lebanese popular heritage was distributed to the presenters.


The world today lives in the information age, and the cutting-edge for any society is to become an information society. It has, therefore, become essential to make contributions to this sector of research. Topics in this subtheme will focus on three main dimensions: information literacy in education, in the workplace and in the community. Students and researchers are encouraged to explore topics such as digital literacy, information resources, the role of libraries and librarians, among others.


Research topics in this field include a study on “Digital evolution and its importance in the preservation of cultural heritage”. The study pointed out the importance of cultural heritage, and the ways to collect and preserve it. In addition, the role of technological development and Internet in the digitization process of this heritage was examined. After that, the study pointed out the problems of digitization and its advantages, as well as the international and global initiatives that have contributed in this regard.


The study also includes studies such as “The impact of university libraries in the institutional accreditation: Case Study”. Given that universities focus nowadays on institutional accreditation as one of the excellence factors at all levels. This particular paper pointed out the accreditation factors and conditions investigated at Beirut Arab University that was accredited by the German Accreditation Body “FIBAA” in 2015. The importance of academic library in institutional accreditation process was also shown in this study. In conclusion, academic libraries play a key role in the institutional accreditation process.


The French Language and Literature Department at the Faculty of Human Sciences at Beirut Arab University , in collaboration with the Swiss Embassy in Lebanon, the French Institute and the Francophone University Agency, organised a conference under the title of “A Modern Vision of Culture in the Contemporary Society”.


The Conference which was held in Beirut Campus was attended by the President of BAU Prof. Amr Galal El Adawi, Secretary General Dr. Omar Houri, faculty deans and members, BAU students as well as students and French instructors from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik and the Islamic University.


The conference was also attended by the Swiss Ambassador to Lebanon Mr. Francois Barras, Cultural Attaché  in Swiss Embassy in Lebanon   Mr. Michel Abou Khalil, French Institute Attaché for the French Language in Lebanon Dr. Mathew Weeger, Regional Director of the Middle East Office for the Francophone University Agency Dr. Hervey Saboran represented by Mrs. Mirald Khalaf, and the Secretary General of the UNESCO Lebanese National Committee Professor Zahida Darwish. 


After the Lebanese and BAU anthems, a Documentary Film of BAU was showed. Dr Soufi Salloum, the Conference Presenter, noted that this conference shall strengthen the cooperation between BAU, the Swiss Embassy, the French Institute and the Francophone University Agency.


The Conference Coordinator and Head of the French Language and Literature Department at BAU Professor Nadia Iskandarani warned against the drifts that may occur due to the existence of problems related to the cultural and human identity, enumerating the conference topics that deal with modernity and culture issues.


For Dr. Weeger, the conference title sheds the light on reality and strongly reinforces the links between writers and readers, adding that contemporary subjects provide documentary material to the Francophone world and reflect a modern vision far from the classic one.


Mrs. Khalaf talked about the links between culture and society, saying that the conference provides intellectual wealth that promotes scientific and cultural climates based on the fact that French is used in teaching and research.


Dean of the Faculty of Human Sciences Professor El Nayal called for the promotion of all aspects of culture in the light of globalization and current changes, noting that culture represents the identity of the community.


In his speech, President El Adawi’s requested to recognize cultural diversity and to focus on culture and its role in reflecting the image of the contemporary society, stressing the fact that culture joins us.


The Swiss Ambassador Mr. Francois Baras addressed the relationship between culture and diplomacy, referring to the possibility of strengthening this relation through the establishment of international events, conducting research as cultural and knowledge sources and sharing values despite the changes in the  methods and the techniques,  praising the importance of the conference to preserve the Francophone and its growth.


The panel discussions were launched after the opening ceremony and lasted for two days. University professors and specialists in French language and Francophone issues presented research papers and important studies on the cultural and moral decline and ways to nurture these values and culture. Other papers addressed the core of the social routines in Lebanon and the world due to their human impact and their cultural heritage which portray the contemporary society. Likewise, the contributions of technology and social networking means have influenced culture and rendered it as contemporary.


If you get excited by the rhythmic movements of dancers on a stage, then this is the right club for you. Our dance club will teach you two main kinds of dances, modern dance and folk dance. You’ll also be exposed to other forms of dance like oriental dancing. You’ll get the chance to perform on stage in front of an audience at BAU and outside in competitions and international events.


As part of the activities of the Department of Student Activities at the Arab University of Beirut, sponsored and attended by the President of the University, Dr. Amr Jalal Al Adawi, the dance team performed a special performance at Gamal Abdel Nasser Hall on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The ceremony was entitled "Dancing with Passion", which extended from folk folklore to modern types of dance, which included Gypsy, Greek, Foreign and Palestinian dances as well as Lebanese. The team members are students from all colleges Ahmed Habar, Osama Khattab, Elisabeth Al-Khatib, Rana Al-Shofi, Shafiq al-Poor, Ali Shahimi, Farah Khaled, Mohammed Salam, Mohammed Ghoneim, Manal Sheah, Nour Belani, Hana Al-Shoufi, under the supervision of dance coach Annie Sarkisian Kuzdanian.

Beirut Arab University hosted “The Second Specialized Arabic Language Forum – Oral Communication: A Skill and a Mission” on its campus in Beirut. The event was organized in cooperation with the Educational Institutions Network, under the sponsorship of Prof. Amr Galal El Adawi, President of the University, and was attended by Dr. Omar Houri, BAU Secretary General; the deans of faculties; Mr. Kamel Kozbar, President of the Educational Institutions Network; Prof. Ahmed Fares, honorary guest of the Forum; as well as a large crowd of Arabic language teachers from the participating schools. 


The Forum aimed at strengthening Classical Arabic, elevating it from the realm of theories and rules to the arena of interaction and dialogue, in the light of the current submission to foreign languages. This current reality is about to obliterate the aesthetics and importance of Arabic, while wiping out its cultural entity. This can only be combated by activating dialogue and discussion, as well as an alternative culture among students, to revive the language.


The Forum opened with a recitation of the Holy Quran, followed by the Lebanese National Anthem, the BAU Anthem and the BAU Introductory Film. The Master of Ceremony was Mr. Omar Farouk El Nakhal who welcomed the attendees and the audience and announced the  launching of the event, describing the Forum as a industrious effort to track down the problems faced by the language, convening at a pan-Arab university that upholds Arabic and implements many of its educational facilities to bring into being this grand idea.


Prof. Amr El Adawi, President of BAU stressed in his word on the necessity to preserve Arabic, the language of heritage, originality and intellect, and the language of communication and education. He emphasized that there should be greater attention paid to research, since it is a basic tool for development, and conducive towards the scientific and intellectual renaissance of our Arab communities.


Adawi expressed his firm belief that the Forum would be a launching pad for fostering Arabic, since it opens new horizons of development in teaching methods. It also focuses on enhancing the basic communication skills needed in building up the student’s personality and opening up to the other. 


Mr. Kamel Kozbar spoke next, attributing the title of the Forum to the need for written communication, essential to progress towards better results and protecting ourselves through the use of our language. He further expressed his gratitude to the University and its President for embracing the Forum.


Prof. Mayssah El Nayal, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, pointed out that BAU in general, and the Faculty of Arts in particular are always keen on preserving Classical Arabic. She highlighted that the University annually organizes the Arabic Speech Competition, under various titles that are in tune with the current events. To further promote the language, the Arabic Department at the Faculty offers a mandatory University course entitled “Arabic Language”. To enhance the learning of the language, there is a TAFL program to teach foreign students Arabic.

The Guest of Honor, Prof. Ahmed Fares, gave a historical overview of the language, highlighting its advantages and the famous sayings of prominent linguists and thinkers. He stressed upon the fact that the language is closely tied to life, as it is a means of communication and understanding the world around us. It allows us to express our thoughts and to progress in all walks of life. 

Next two panel sessions were held, the first of which was moderated by Dr. Khalil Ajina, and the second by Mr. Abu Bakr El Zahabi, coordinator of Arabic at Iman schools. The papers presented described new approaches to revive the language, whether through oral communication, dependent upon recalling content, words and expressions in specific topics, or through the development of spoken skills dependent upon confidence and oratory.


The Forum concluded with a number of recommendations, which emphasized the necessity to provide opportunities at schools that accentuate the vividness and effectiveness of the language, while linking the communication act with the curriculum and life issues. This requires team-work and empowering the teachers with listening skills. The Forum also called for the establishment of a sound linguistic community inside the schools. 

In the end, the Network presented honorary shields to Prof. Amr Galal El Adawi, Prof. Mayssah El Nayal, Prof. Ahmed Fares, and the scientific committee that organized the Forum. The participating researchers were also given certificates of participation. 


The Faculty of Human Sciences, Beirut Arab University, organized its first International Conference, entitled Arabic Language and Contemporary Linguistics. The conference brought together scholars from various Arab Countries including Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco and Sudan. Focusing on major contemporary issues raised by globalization and technology, the conference hosted two keynote speakers, Prof. Gaber Asfour, Egyptian ex-Minister of Culture, and Prof. Ismail Serageldin, Founding Director of the Biblioteca Alexandrina in Egypt. The two conference-days covered six sessions which tackled various themes, such as “Contemporary Linguistics and Arabic”, “Creativity and the Enrichment of Language”, “Translation and Terminology in Arabic”, “New Trends in Critical and Literary Studies”, “Arabic and the Quran” and “Arabic and the Challenges of Culture and Identity”. The conference closed with a number of important recommendations.


Beirut Arab University launched a competition in standard Arabic language for university students in Lebanon aged between 17 to 25 years. The competition aims to encourage students to mainly use standard Arabic language, deepen their culture outside the university disciplines and refine their personalities. It also urges them to engage in dialogue, provide arguments to defend their ideas and respect others’ views. 


Six teams participated in the competition from the Lebanese University, Lebanese American University, Notre Dame University – Louaize, La Sagesse University, Al-Jinan University and Beirut Arab University. In each round, two teams competed on one of ten previously-prepared topics. 


The jury comprised Secretary-General of the Lebanese Writers Union Dr. Wajih Fanous, Editor-in-chief of An-Nahar Ghassan Hajjar, and Media Advisor and member of the Political Bureau of Al-Marda Movement Ms. Vera Yammine.  


After being evaluated by the jury members, the first prize of $3,000 was awarded to students Hisham al-Janani and Mohammed Bazea from the Lebanese American University. The second prize of $2,000 was awarded to Carla Abu Dhiab and Liliane Abu Shahin from La Sagesse University. Maryam Suleiman and Malakeh Khalil from Beirut Arab University came third with $1,000.


BAU President Professor Amr Galal El-Adawi noted BAU’s keenness to select the topics that contribute to uncovering the way the youth think about the issues at hand. He stated that the competition also aims to raise the students’ level of oral performance and their ability to discuss and present ideas in clear standard Arabic to an audience, stressing the importance of preserving Arabic language despite all circumstances and challenges.


At the end of the competition, President El-Adawi presented the shield of the university to the participants and the jury members.


Invitation for Students of the Arab University of Beirut

The third international championship of arab-language university debates will be held in Qatar from April 26 to 29, 2015, so those who wish students from the Arab University of Beirut to participate in the tournament should quickly send the application form attached to the jamal.mojahid@bau.edu.lb email by Saturday, December 20, 2014.

Nomination requirements:

  1. Proficiency in Arabic

  2. The ability to communicate ideas, persuasion and dialogue

  3. Enjoy a wide and varied public culture 4. Pass the interview which will be announced in due course successfully 5. Official approval from the candidate's family to travel/travel to Qatar.

**Students who will be selected will receive a training course in the field of competition, in order to qualify them for the tournament.

**Knowing that the Qatar Debate Centre will pay for the tournament's expenses of accommodation, subsistence and tickets.


Objectives

  1. Strengthening and deepening links in the fields of educational and cultural affairs between universities of participating countries.

  2. Provide opportunities to strengthen the bonds of friendship, strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and work towards rapprochement between Arab youth.

  3. Establishing a culture of quiet and constructive dialogue that produces knowledge and allows for enriching difference and diversity.

  4. Activating and taking care of the Arab debate by promoting freedom of opinion and open debate in the Arab world and the world.

  5. Unlock and accept creative abilities and talents in expressing opinions, interacting with and accepting other opinions, not clashing with them.


Awards:

  1. Certificates of Participation

  2. Shield and medals for the three winning teams

  3. Top 10 speakers in the tournament

**For more information, please visit the Qatar Debate Centre website: www.qatardebate.org


BAU Libraries have recently established its own digital repository after upgrading to the new international repository systems DSpace in 2018. This special collection consists of BAU black, white, and colored photos (28,000) that dated back to 1960-2019, and the newly digitized and conserved rare books and manuscripts (200). In addition, libraries have made available online around (1221) theses and dissertations for the time being. To keep aligning with the copyrights law, only 5% of each content is open access.


It consists of photos related to BAU events, celebrations, conferences, graduations, and activities. Some photos (28000) are in black & white (1960-1980), colored photos dated back to 1981-2019, and only 5 % of them is open access.

It consists of around 67 of 200 rare books & manuscripts that were digitized. The full access is restricted among BAU Campuses through specific credentials, and only 5% is open access. Some of these Masterpiece items dated back to the 15th century, and some of them encompass the following:

  • Description of Egypt (Pyramids, old mosques….)

  • Al – Hambra Palace (Andalusia Architecture, inscriptions...)

  • Rumi’s Poems ( the poems of the Persian Poet Jalal El Din El Rumi)

  • Phoenician Civilization

  • Islamic Civilization

  • Roman civilization


This collection is also displayed in BAU Museum that has been established recently.

BEIRUT ARAB UNIVERSITY MUSEUM


HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION AND CULTURES


The museum includes around 200 rare books and manuscripts. This collection addresses civilizations that have existed in the world throughout history especially: The Egyptian-Pharaonic Civilization, the Assyrian Civilization, the Phoenician Civilization, the Byzantine Civilization, the Persian Civilization, the Roman Civilization, the Babylonian Civilization, the Aramaic Civilization and the Arab and Islamic Civilization then the Ottoman Civilization…


This rare collection refers back to the eighth century AD, the eleventh century AD till the sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Some of them are unique copies that are not available anywhere around the world.