Does your university as a body undertake educational outreach activities beyond campus – e.g. in local schools, in the community, including voluntary student-run schemes?
Conference panels at AUB-IFI, Beirut hosted participants from AUB, BAU, PU and Balamand Universities, and industry experts who encouraged the next generation to focus their studies and careers on the water and environmental sector in order to turn Lebanon’s water challenges into opportunities. The panels also featured various private and public actors who are involved in water management as well as Mr. Michele Pierpaoli – Attache’ for Water and Waste Water Affairs from the European Union Delegation to Lebanon. Interactive discussions with students and participants was held. The live streaming and BAU- ACF live discussion panel at BAU-RCED, Bekaa, conducted a discussion and knowledge-sharing platform led by Dr. Safaa Baydoun & Dr. Kamal El Kalaani with around 150 participants from universities, freshman and school students. Major water challenges in Lebanon, especially on Litani River, Bekaa region and management means of the impact of Syrian crisis and climate change on water resources issues were highlighted. Students were encouraged to purse higher studies on water resources related majors and contribute to local and national activities towards turning challenges into opportunities.
Aiming at sharing knowledge of new findings and advancement in medical and health care field and services, the Research center for Environment and Development jointly with the Litani Association for Medical Doctors and the Faculty of Medicine, BAU organized several monthly workshops during the academic year 2017-2018. Topics covered were Cancer Study Cases; Bariatric Endoscopy; Carotid Stenting Subarachnoid Bleeding from Diagnosis to Therapy; Kawasaki Disease; Recurrent Orbital Edema & Erythema; Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke; Recent Advancement in the Treatment of Intracranial Aneurysms among others. Prominent specialists and surgeons as well as pharmaceutical and health care experts discussed the various aspects of each of these themes and topics of national and local concern. A range of national and international pharmaceutical companies such as MSD; STADA; VIAVI Med and ACINO who sponsored the events provided the audience with information of recent products.
On World Water Day 2018, under the theme, “Nature for Water”, RCED jointly with Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC)-Italia organized a celebration event on March 30, 2018. This event was funded by UNHCR being the donor of several development projects that support the water networks and services in Bekaa region. The event targeted a group of students from the faculty of Civil Engineering, Beirut Arab University. GVC team of both Italian and Lebanese members shared with participants the organization’s vision and information about its projects in several countries including those implemented in Lebanon. In addition, the use of nature-based approaches for water pumping and improving water quality were presented while examples of best practices were high lightened. This was followed by a site visit to the water system projects implemented by GVC in Qoub Elias, Central Bekaa and open round table.