Does your university as a body host events at university that are open to the general public: executive education programs and/or vocational training?

Hamdan Bin Mohammad e-University has signed a memorandum of understanding with BAU with the aim of promoting cooperation and launching a series of initiatives related to the dissemination of the culture of e-learning in the Arab World.

The MOU was signed by the Chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohammad e-University, Mansour Al Awar, and the President of Beirut Arab University, Prof. Amr Galal Al Adawi, during the International Council for Open and Distance Education Standing Conference for Presidents 2012 (ICDE SCOP 2012), hosted by Hamdan e-University at the United Arab Emirates.

The agreement includes academic faculty exchange programs to promote joint research activities, encourage the participation of staff-members at both institutions in each other’s research publications, enhance cooperation in the organization of scientific conferences, specialized seminars, events and joint research projects in various vital areas, such as e-learning, quality management and academic excellence. It also includes actively providing students, staff-members and personnel with direct and fast access to scientific and research resources available at both universities, while closely coordinating to implement the vocational development of personnel in both universities and offering joint training programs for corporations.

The Students’ Activities Department at BAU- Tripoli Branch organized a Discussion Panel in collaboration with “Technology, Entertainment and Design” Movement TEDx  to come out with the first BAU Salon Discussion Panel entitled “Dare to Disagree”. The aim of the activity was to encourage the youth to be more open and audacious to discuss and tackle creative topics that help build their characters. The aim was also to help the youth to be more engaged with their communities.

The event that took place on the 15th of February, 2014 was attended by BAU Vice-President for Tripoli Branch Affairs, Prof. Dr. Khaled Baghdadi, Director of the Faculty of Architectural Engineering, Dr. Nabil Harb, Administrative Director, Dr. Ahmed Sanjikdar, as well as a crowd of staff-members, students and civil society representatives.

Three videos were displayed and discussed, focusing on the issues of success, creativity, how to distinguish oneself, and working in an extraordinary atmosphere. “We love Tripoli” , a Non- Governmental Organization participated in the event through a vote on proposed projects intended to revive Tripoli, while the “Arab Interns Association” interacted with the students and the attendants through a discussion of the guidance of youth towards determining the most suitable vocational training that would match their professional options and future aspirations. 

With the aim at discussing the challenges and opportunities of nursing profession at both national and international levels, the Nursing Department, Faculty of Health Sciences at BAU organized a seminar by Dr. Ahmad Tassi, at the Research Centre for Environment and Development, BAU, Bekaa on August 30, 2017, entitled “Nursing Profession in Lebanon: Challenges and Opportunities”. The seminar targeted new school graduates, vocational nursing students, hospital administrators, nurses, and other health care professionals. Dr. Tassi presented to participants an overview of nursing history, the broad scoop of responsibilities, and key role of the profession in healthcare systems. He emphasized that today nursing is undergoing major revolutionary changes and is becoming a very promising profession governed by a set of legislations and policies that grantee a secure future for nurses. The pressing concerns on the shortage in nurses in Lebanon and across the globe and need for high numbers of qualified nurses were also discussed. Highlights on the possibility to ensure patient safety and quality of care and to develop a wider perspective of nursing through training and university educational programs were given. The seminar ended with the announcement of the launching of the TS-BS bridging program at BAU, Bekaa followed by an open discussion.

The Faculty of Business Administration at Beirut Arab University has opened the Entrepreneurship Center “Al Mashghal – The Hub” funded by the Italian organization COSV. It aims to increase the job opportunities in the region among the youth through building their capabilities in the field of entrepreneurship with focusing on social entrepreneurship and innovation. The center shall enhance the presence of an environment favorable for an alternative comprehensive socioeconomic development in the region by embracing the ideas of university students and the students of vocational training institutions and the local community. In addition, Al Mashghal shall work on developing, adopting and help in financing the projects so that they will develop as sustainable social projects that contribute in enhancing the business sector in the region.

The technically equipped “Al Mashghal – The Hub” launched a competition for the youth in the region to present applicable innovative ideas within the field of social entrepreneurship. Every team of the first 22 ideas shall receive 3000 euros in cash and shall be provided a two-month mentoring and training support by specialists to help them achieve their ideas so they will be real, sustainable and successful projects.

The event was attended by the President of the BAU Professor Amr Galal El- Adawi, The Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration Prof. Nehale Mostapha, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Hani Shmeitelli, Director of Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Bilal Kabalan, Ambassador of Lebanon in Algeria, Dr. Mohammad Al Hassan, attended the opening. In addition, President of Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture Mr. Toufic Dabboussi, Director of Branches at Banque Du Liban George Sayegh, Acting Chairman of Tripoli Special Economic Zone Dr. Hassan Dennaoui, Director of Social Entrepreneurship at COSV Analisa Contini, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Intelligile Company Dr. Osama Ziyadeh, and a crowd of students and interested people were present.

Prof. Amr Galal El -Adawi, President of Beirut Arab, stressed in his speech the importance of entrepreneurship, which falls at the main university’s interests. It comes within the university’s commitment with the United Nations sustainable development through the Center of Entrepreneurship, which presents many services, activities and projects for all classes of civil society. Thus, “Al Mashghal – The Hub” is an addition to activate the work of entrepreneurship in north Lebanon especially that the job is no longer a priority for the community but a focus on success through launching successful entrepreneurial projects that contribute in building a promising future for youth and the economy of the region.

Then, Director of Social Entrepreneurship at COSV Analisa Contini explained the aims of supporting “Al Mashghal – The Hub” project and emphasized the continued cooperation in making distinctive projects successful, through constructive cooperation and partnership with both the civil society institutions and the university.

In his speech, President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture Toufic Dabboussi stressed that success requires seriousness, positivity and perseverance in work noting that it is of the same importance that young people to believe in their dreams and aspirations to reach success and that entrepreneurship has become a style at this time.

Dr. Khaled Baghdady, Vice President for Tripoli Campus, called students to pay attention to building their capacities and striving to secure their opportunities by themselves through creating new ideas and developing them into real projects. These projects shall contribute to meet their aspirations and dreams from one side and stimulate the economic development in the region that is passing through major transformation from the other hand.

At the end, “Al Mashghal – The Hub” was opened where attendees toured all the departments wishing that the university succeed in all its activities.

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), with generous contribution of the Government of Japan collaborated with Beirut Arab University (BAU) and The Ministry of Industry in Lebanon to establish two new vocational training centers for Electricity and Solar energy at the BAU – Tripoli campus. The project aims to create economic opportunities and jobs in the construction sector for members of the host and refugee communities –especially vulnerable women and youth –since investment in skills development and innovation are crucial drivers of economic growth and development.

The project falls within UNIDO’s mandate to support Member States in achieving inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) and within its full commitment to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project also builds on BAU’s keenness to play a leading role in the achievement of the SDGs, specifically through the representation of SDG 9 – “Industry, innovation and infrastructure”, at the global cluster of Higher Education and research for Sustainable Development (HSED).

The project focuses on delivering skills training aligned with market needs and on serving the local communities in the North of Lebanon, especially vulnerable youth & women whose enrollment in the trainings is encouraged as part of this project. Beneficiaries will learn new skills and acquire on the latest technologies and practices in the market in order to increase their chances of finding a job.

So far, two Training of Trainers (ToT) sessions were completed whereby 40 trainers benefited from enhanced skills related to Home electricity & Solar energy. Currently, the center is conducting am/ pm consecutive sessions, giving the opportunity to the interested participants to develop their skills.

The center will continue delivering training under the supervision of UNIDO until December 2020. The courses will be introducing basic & advanced skills related to home electricity & solar energy installation in a modular approach.

The curricula will also focus on the health and safety practices to raise awareness regarding hazards that might occur while working on site. This is based on the most common accidents and safety problems identified in the market assessment conducted at the inception phase of the project.

The accelerated training will be followed by a soft skills session for interested trainees to help them understand the market and acquire the needed practical skills to find a job.

The trainees will also be provided with a training manual for their reference and future use, as well as a graduation kit including set of tools to support their market access. Beneficiaries will also be provided with transportation fees to compensate their travel costs and a Certificate of Accomplishment delivered by Bureau Veritas.

Following December 2020, the BAU will take the lead and keep sustaining the center through continuous training delivered to the local community in the North of Lebanon.

Beirut Arab University- Tripoli Campus in collaboration with the Engineers’ Syndicate in the North, organized a training course to qualify engineers for examinations in order to attain the “LEED” Certificate. This certificate enables the Engineers to focus on the methods to evaluate the performance of green buildings in various engineering domains in accordance with internationally acknowledged standards. 

The workshop was attended by the Head of the Engineers’ Syndicate, Eng. Marios Beainy, Prof. Dr. Khaled Baghdadi, BAU Vice-President for Tripoli Branch Affairs, Dr. Nabil Mohareb, Director of the Faculty of Architectural Engineering, Dr. Shadi Attiah, Assistant Professor from the University of Liège, Belgium, members of the Board of the Engineers’ Syndicate, and 78 engineers. 

After the Lebanese National Anthem, Eng. Bassem Bakhach welcomed the attendees, explaining the objectives of the course and wishing everyone a successful conclusion thereof.

Prof. Khaled Baghdadi next thanked the Engineers’ Syndicate in the North for their cooperation in organizing the course. He reiterated that BAU had come to the North for three main objectives, namely to offer outstanding educational services to the students, produce knowledge through research, and render services to the community through the centers of continuous education and of consultancy. Prof. Baghdadi spoke of the LEED training course, deeming it as one of the fruits reaped from the constant cooperation between the BAU Center for Continuous Education and the Syndicate.

In his speech, Mr. Beaini listed the achievements made by the electronic syndicate, the applications of smart phones, the signing of a contract with Liban Post, and completing the various preparations needed for the training center that is due to be launched in May. Beaini further stressed on the fact that the training course is the result of collaborative work with BAU, and he thanked the University for its cooperation. 

The two-day workshop was concluded with the distribution of certificates to the participants.