Does your university as a body initiate and participate in cross-sectoral dialogue about the SDGs, e.g. conferences involving government/NGOs?

Aims

At BAU, our international and national collaborations are as diverse as our Faculty members, who are at the forefront of the relationship building with partners. These relationships may start with a chance meeting at a conference and grow into multidimensional interactions with fellow institutions.

BAU establishes partnerships with outstanding academic and non-academic institutions across the globe in order to expand the student experience, Faculty members' growth and contributions, and the impact of our research. Collaborations with our local and foreign colleagues are essential to the success of our research activities. Partnerships are often the most rewarding, educational and enjoyable components of national and international work.

As they develop, collaborations are often formalized through agreements and other mechanisms that document the relationship between the University and a partner highlighting the expectations of each institution.

These collaborations contribute to the development of common practices, facilitation of external funding, international public sector consultancy, collaboration with the industry and increased mobility of scientific staff and administration.

Through international collaboration, BAU can achieve greater influence and visibility. Collaborating with other well-known Universities creates awareness, trust and respect.

7th NGO Fair on Sustainable Development Goals and Environment at Beirut Arab University


The Human Rights Center (HRC) at Beirut Arab University organized its Seventh Exhibition of NGOs at Beirut campus under the title of "United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for the 2030 Agenda and Environment Preservation" in the presence of Minister of Environment Fadi Jreissati represented by Mrs. Anna Shaderfian.

HRC Specialist Ms. Salam Zahran opened the exhibition, stressing the fact that "this exhibition is an opportunity to introduce students to human rights issues with the participation of 47 associations and organizations concerned with all that aims to give the individuals their rights to contribute to the development of society at all levels."

BAU Secretary General and HRC Director Dr. Omar Houri stated that “this exhibition in its seventh edition has become an annual tradition for our students to meet with civil society organizations, the unknown soldiers in our country, keep abreast of their progress, discuss social affairs and harness these efforts to serve sustainable development. "

In his speech, BAU President and Chairman of the HRC Board of Directors Prof. Amr Galal El-Adawi indicated that, since its establishment in 2009, the Center has played a major role at the university, Lebanese and regional levels through its relationship with local and international organizations. BAU has also committed itself to achieving the 17 UN objectives both at the levels of research and education at the various faculties. BAU also seeks to achieve sustainable development through the application of the concept of community service which is a key component of its current strategy. El-Adawi, also, thanked the participating associations and organisations for their participation in this exposition.

Afterwards, the attendees toured the booths of the participating associations. On the sidelines of the exhibition, a student discussion session was held which tackled the current environmental challenges and the most important initiatives to solve them. Dr. Safaa Baydoun, Director of Research Center for Environment and Development at BAU Bekaa Campus participated in the session, presenting the most important BAU projects and initiatives within the environmental and sustainable development framework. Ms. Zeina Karameh, representing The Arab Thought Foundation, introduced the Short Story Competition, which was launched by the Foundation as part of the "Arab21" Project aimed at high school students to write texts in Arabic on the importance of sustainable environment and the risks resulting from its neglect. President of Beam of Environment Association (BEA) Engineer Salim Khalife presented the solid waste crisis, its risks and treatment. The session concluded with a speech by Ms. Anna Shaderfian, representing the Ministry of Environment, in which she presented the most important environmental strategies adopted by the Ministry and the existing initiatives to reduce the environment crisis in Lebanon.

The exhibition hosted 47 associations from various fields (environmental, social, health, educational and developmental). The distribution of the associations’ tasks in this exhibition was determined according to the objectives that serve sustainable development.

Research with Animals


In a similar fashion to dealing with human subjects, BAU also has principles and procedures that govern all the experimentation that deal with animal subjects to ensure that animal care and handling in research are performed in accordance with the regulations and guidelines set by BAU.

The IRB at BAU has adopted the Institutional Animal Care and Use Guidelines to ensure the safety and welfare of experimental animals used for research and to ensure that the experiments will be performed to safeguard the rights, safety and wellbeing of the animal subjects. BAU’s IRB ensures the full review and evaluation of all ethical aspects of the research proposals it receives, before they are carried out to make sure they follow ethical guidelines.

The use of animals in research is acceptable only if it promises to contribute to understanding of fundamental biological principles, or to the development of knowledge that can reasonably be expected to benefit humans or animals. Animals should be used only if the researcher's best efforts to find an alternative have failed. Individuals using animals should employ the most humane methods on the smallest number of appropriate animals required to obtain valid information.

The following guidelines and principles are to be applied in conjunction with the Animal Welfare Act and Canadian Council on Animal Care's (CCAC) Guide to the Care and Use of Experimental Animals:

  • Animals should be maintained under conditions that provide for their physical comfort and psychological well-being.

  • Animals must not be exposed to unnecessary pain or distress. The experimental design must offer them every practicable safeguard. Cost and convenience must not take priority over the animal's physical and mental well-being.

  • The possible value of studies with animals should be supported by an expert opinion.

  • If the animal is to be subjected to pain or distress during the course of the experiment then the researcher must try to minimize both.

  • An animal observed to be experiencing severe, un-relievable pain, or discomfort should immediately be humanely killed, using a method providing initial rapid unconsciousness.

While non-recovery procedures involving anaesthetized animals, and studies involving no pain or distress are considered acceptable, the following experimental procedures inflict excessive pain and are thus unacceptable:

  • Utilization of muscle relaxants or paralytics (curare and curare-like) alone, without anesthetics, during surgical procedures.

  • Traumatizing procedures involving crushing, burning, striking or beating in un-anaesthetized animals.

  • Toxicological and biological testing studies, such as cancer research and infectious disease may have required continuation until the death of the animal. However, nowadays, other targets should be figured out to comply with the requirements of the study and the needs of the animal.

  • Physical restraint can be considered only if no other procedure can substitute for it. Restrained animals must receive adequate care and attention.

  • Painful experiments or multiple invasive procedures on animals should be done without pain using adequate anesthesia.

The 6th NGO’s Fair at Beirut Arab University


For the sixth consecutive year, the Human Rights Center at BAU organized, in collaboration with the UNESCO, the NGO’s Fair on campus in Beirut, entitled this year “the UN Sustainable Development Goals”.

Ms. Salam Zahran, the Human Rights Center Coordinator, delivered a welcoming speech at the opening, in which she stressed upon the strong relations between the Center and the NGOs, aiming at enhancing communication and facilitating the tackling of various issues relevant to human rights.

Dr. Omar Houri, BAU Secretary General and the Director of the Center reiterated in his speech that the Center exerts all efforts to address sustainable development.

Dr. Idriss Hijazi, representative of UNESCO, pointed out the various domains for possible cooperation between UNESCO and BAU. He also expressed his gratitude to the University for the opportunity of organizing this fair which aims at enhancing dialogue.

Prof. Amr Galal El Adawi, President of the University and Chairperson of the Board of the Human Rights Center maintained that the University aims to address the topic of sustainable development through the implementation of the concept of community service, which is part and parcel of its current strategy. He further thanked UNESCO and the participating NGOs.

This was followed by a tour, in which the guests viewed the booths of the participating NGOs. However, a seminar was held with the students on how international and local NGOs work in the civil society, as part of the sustainable development goals. A number of projects were presented, during which Dr. Jana Jabbour representing the UNESCO, Ms. Patricia Smida representing Lebanon Tomorrow, Mr. Antoine Haddad representing “Arab Thought Association, Ms. Sara Rammal representing “Nahno Association”, Mr. Manuel Lahoud representing “Rowad Al Hokouk Association”, Mr. Tarek Ghalayini representing “Beiyrutiat Association”, and Mr. George Ghali representing “A Thousand Movements for Human Rights”, spoke to the students.

The Fair hosted 35 NGOs from various fields (environmental, social, health, educational and developmental), which were classified in the Fair in accordance with the sustainable development goals they serve.

The 6th NGO Fair on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals UNSDGs


The center organized the 6th NGO fair on UN Sustainable Development Goals UNSDGs in collaboration with UNESCO, Beirut Campus, 4th of May 2017.

Community service: Cancer awareness, Ibad Al Rahman Health day (Amalouna, NGO)


Second and third year BAU Medical Laboratory Technology students participated as volunteers in Ibad al Rahman health day, organized by Amalouna NGO for cancer awareness, on Saturday September 28th. They interacted with the community by enhancing their awareness towards breast, lung, colorectal and pediatric cancers and providing them with the essential tips for prevention. At the end, certificates of participation were delivered to all students.

NGO’s Field Opportunity for University students

As part of its efforts to reinforce international cooperation and community service, the Faculty of Science - Department of Biological Sciences at BAU hosted a seminar by the International Organization Action Against Hunger (AAH) on:

“NGO’s Field as New Opportunity for University Students”, on May 2nd, 2019 at Debbieh Campus.

The Seminar aimed to introduce BAU students to the NGO’s field with an internationally accredited humanitarian charity, qualified as a “top-rated hunger organization”and to explore cooperation potential. The seminar targeted Science and Engineering students along with Faculty members and staff.

It started with a welcoming note from Dr. Ghada Khawaja, Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Science, introducing AAH organization, highlighting its important support to displaced Syrians, and hosting Lebanese vulnerable communities in Bekaa and South of Lebanon. Ms. Beatriz Navarro, the Country Director of AAH, gave a quick briefing on the establishment of AAH and its worldwide programs aiming at eradicating poverty and hunger and highlighted AAH Lebanon mission’s strategy. Afterwards, members of AAH team; Mrs. Justine Cherrier, the coordinator of Livelihood & food security projects, Mr. Edgar Barata, the coordinator of WASH projects, Mrs. Elise Jabagi, the deputy manager of WASH program, presented several talks explaining the nutrition and livelihood, WASH and solid waste management projects of AAH in the country. Mrs. Khouloud Mahdi, the manager of WASH program, shared as well, her experience as a biochemist working in the sector.

In the discussion panel, the attendees simplified how students with scientific background could join the NGO’s working in WASH program, particularly, in solid waste management and the possibility of an internship in this field and job opportunities

This activity was organized within the framework of agreement between Beirut Arab University and AAH for deepening the contribution of university students to serve the community and participate in national issues, and expanding its network of relations with international organizations in Lebanon.

About Action Against Hunger:

Action Against Hunger has been established since 1979 in France to combat hunger, disease and disasters that endanger the lives of many. The organization started its work in Lebanon in August 2006 after the Israeli war on Lebanon. Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, the organization has been providing food to support the Syrian refugees in the Bekaa and the South and providing drinking water, sewage and solid waste services to Lebanese host communities. In addition to the launch of the program "Waad" in cooperation with ACTED and INTERSOS in Lebanon and Jordan within the framework of the “MADAD”, program of the European Union.

Minister El Machnouk Patronizes the “Recycling Project” and the 4th NGOs’ Fair at BAU


Under the Patronage of the Minister of the Environment, Mohamed El Machnouk, the launching of the “Recycling Project” and the 4th NGOs’ Fair was organized by the Human Rights Center at Beirut Arab University, and with the collaboration with “Arc en Ciel” and “Cleantec”. The Fair included thirty NGOs, introducing students to their work and the role they play in creating job-opportunities, and paving the way to establish venues of cooperation with the students. The “Recycling Project” aims to collect and recycle the hard waste materials produced daily at the University, the revenues of which will be donated to the Students’ Aids Fund.

The event was attended by Prof. Dr. Amr Galal El Adawi, President of the University, Prof. Dr. Essam Osman, Vice-President for Medical Sciences, Mr. Issam Houri, BAU Secretary General, Faculty Deans, Dr. Omar Houri, Director of the Human Rights Center at Beirut Arab University and Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Law and Political Science, Staff-Members, as well as the University administrators and Mrs. Zina Ariss, Director of the Public Relations Administration, representatives of the participating NGOs, and a crowd of interested people.

After the Lebanese National Anthem and the BAU Anthem were played, HE Minister El Machnouk described the occasion as a precious event because he found himself in an academic edifice cherished by Lebanon. He praised the development of the University from an idea to an academic institution that adopts an environmentally conscious approach. He further praised the Human Rights Center at the University for addressing all aspects relevant to human beings, in particular the environment.

El Machnouk then addressed the civil society representatives, describing them as the hope for Lebanon in the light of their pioneering role in supporting the society and orienting it towards the right direction. He pointed out that all the NGOs present noble aims that work towards the development of human beings.

El Machnouk also pointed out that protecting the environment begins when every aim is translated into a behavioral aspect that is reflected in the interaction of people with their environment. He stressed the necessity of sorting waste materials as a first step towards solving the problem of hard waste materials in Lebanon. It is also a sign of advancement and distinction sought by every Lebanese.

The Minister further emphasized that seeking sustainable development is not achieved if the slogan “My Environment is My Homeland” is not implemented. He expressed his optimism at the role played by the youth in pursuing the accumulative efforts that need to be exerted towards a better environment.

Prof. Amr Galal El Adawi, on the other hand, expressed his gratitude to HE Minister El Machnouk for patronizing and attending the event. He drew attention to the fact that the University had signed together with the UN the Global Compact Agreement, including the ten basic principles relevant to the environment and Human Rights. El Adawi expressed his regret that the recommendations issued by the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro are not implemented, stressing again on the close relationship between the environment and sustainable development.

Dr. Omar Houri, Director of the Human Rights Center at Beirut Arab University, in turn stressed the fact that promoting human rights is a well-established tradition at the University. This is manifested in a mandatory university course on human rights, and the reiteration of the right of every individual to a decent life and a clean and health environment. He further called for the sustainable development to save human life.

Houri attributed the importance of the Project to its human and social dimension, through the collaboration of the society and the individual. He declared the establishment of an environmental unit that aims at raising awareness of the dangers of pollution and the means to preserve the environment. At the same time he emphasized the close partnership with the civil society organizations, the unity of the aims to be achieved, and the strengthening of cooperation with the Ministry of the Environment.

The opening ceremony concluded with Prof. Dr. Amr Galal El Adawi presenting an honorary shield to HE Minister El Machnouk. The attendees then toured the Fair. [8]