Since 2000, there has been enormous progress in achieving the target of universal primary education. The total enrolment rate in developing regions reached 91 percent in 2015, and the worldwide number of children out of school has dropped by almost half. There has also been a dramatic increase in literacy rates, and many more girls are in school than ever before. These are all remarkable successes.

The Arab region has made good progress on school enrolment. Gross enrolment rates increased from 15.5 percent in 2000 to 27 percent in 2014 at the pre-primary level; from 90.78 percent in 2000 to 99.75 percent in 2014 at the primary level; 61.07 percent in 2000 to 73.01 percent in 2014 at the secondary level; and from 18.6 percent in 2000 to 28.9 percent in 2014 at the tertiary level.

In 2013, Girl’s gross enrolment ratio in tertiary education (28.2 percent) was higher than that of boy’s in Arab countries (26.8 percent). The highest tertiary enrolment rates for girls are observed in Saudi Arabia (59.9 percent in 2014) followed by Bahrain (56.5 percent in 2014). Figures are much higher for gross enrolment ratio in primary education, reaching 96.1 percent for girls and 103.2 percent for boys in 2013.

However, increasing armed conflicts and other emergencies, and accompanying increases in levels of poverty in several countries in the region are increasing the number of children out of school. Half of Syria's school-aged children are not in school –2.1 million inside Syria and 700,000 Syrian refugee children in neighboring countries.

Achieving inclusive and quality education for all reaffirms the belief that education is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development. This goal ensures that all girls and boys complete free primary and secondary schooling by 2030. It also aims to provide equal access to affordable vocational training, to eliminate gender and wealth disparities, and achieve universal access to a quality higher education.

There has been great progress in reaching increased enrolment in primary education and increasing already high literacy rates among the youth in Lebanon. Areas of improvement still remain, including reduced repetition and dropout rates and even higher enrolment in education for all children and youth.

BAU promotes substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship. In this sense, the university host events that are open to the general public, among those are public lectures, community educational events. As part of its educational and national mission, the events at LU, which is a public university are open to the general public.

“Spring Festival” Exhibition and Colours by Artist Abdel Mawla Oweini Prevailed at BAU

Colours, together with their poetic glow, were embodied in artist Abdel Mawla Oweini’s paintings in his exhibition entitled "Spring Festival" hosted by Beirut Arab University in Beirut campus. The event was organized by the Public Relations Administration and was attended by BAU President Professor Amr Galal El-Adawi, BAU Secretary General Dr. Omar Houry, deans, directors, students and a crowd of interested audience. The exhibition included 13 paintings in which the artist reviewed the communication between the near and the distant in a balanced flow of simplicity, spontaneity and return to the basics of shapes and their visual aesthetics. After the Lebanese and BAU Anthems, Ms. Rima Chehab opened the event saying, "Beirut Arab University has always been a pioneer in nurturing generations of educated youth and motivating them to develop their culture which, alone, grants them identity and excellence in the future." President El Adawi praised the artist’s work as it touched our spirit with its varied colours and shapes. El Adawi stressed the fact that “the goal of the cultural season at BAU is to activate the artistic and cultural movement that helps develop arts among the students so they become a part of the cultural season that the university is keen to develop and expand year after year.” In turn, Artist Oweini thanked BAU, represented by its president, for hosting the exhibition, expressing his happiness and appreciation for the efforts exerted by the university to support culture and the arts. The exhibition runs until April 25, 2018 from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. at Al-Moltaqa Forum.

Our City Our Way” Youth Project Encouraging to draw their dream city

Beirut Arab University- Tripoli Branch and the Safadi Cultural Association, in partnership with  Mina Municipality, launched the project "Our City Our Way", co-funded by the European Union within the framework of the Regional Program Med Culture and the SouthMed CV Project, with a group of 30 youths between the ages of 14 and 17, As a "child-friendly city" based on their needs, aspirations and dreams, drawing on the techniques of architectural drawing, photography and building of models.

The ceremony was attended by MP Mohammed Safadi, represented by Rabih Othman, former Minister Omar Meskawi, the Mayor of Mina, Mr. Abdelkader Alameddine, members of the Municipal Council, Tripoli Mayor Ahmed Qamareddine, represented by Dr. Khaled Tadmori, directors of public administrations, Director General of Safadi Cultural Society Ms. Samira Baghdadi, Vice President for Tripoli Branch Affairs Prof. Khaled Baghdadi, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at BAU and Deans of the Faculties of Architecture at the Northern Universities , the Coordinator of the Branch at the Association of University Graduates in the North Mr. Ahmad Sankri and representatives of the participating bodies in the project.

After the Lebanese National Anthem and Beirut Arab University Anthem, Ms. Nala Makouk, welcomed the audience mentioning that the Youth Project "Our city our way’’ is a unique project aimed at enhancing the spirit of citizenship and leadership among young people from the Mina area and inspires them by training them to understand their city and to look critically at it.

The Assistant Professor of Architecture-Design & Built Faculty, Dr. Eslam Samahi, presented a technical presentation of the project explaining the most important techniques that will be used by the youths to develop a vision of their city. Then Ms. Samira Baghdadi took the speech considering that "the project stems from an absolute belief in the role of youth and children, Image of the city and its adoption. The partners in the project did not want to work for the youth, but with them," she said. “The Safadi Cultural Society, the Beirut Arab University, the Tripoli Branch, and the Municipality of Mina agreed to overcome the culture of institutional selfishness and to move towards a culture of genuine partnership.

In her turn, Prof. Bastawisi pointed "the Beirut Arab University has paid special attention to the development of society and participated in studying its problems and developing appropriate scientific solutions through many scientific researches in its faculties, which are funded mainly by national and international institutions." Architecture - Design and Urban Environment is one of the oldest and most influential faculties of the university. It influenced the society in terms of the specializations offered, which concern the architectural design and its compatibility with the natural and built environment as well as urban design and planning.

Alameddine, Mayor of Mina, said that "This project will be the first of a series of projects to be prepared’’ expressing his keenness to restore the distinguished relations with Arab and international institutions to strengthen the development of Mina and Tripoli. He pointed out that "this project is the result of fruitful cooperation between partners to serve a coastal city worthy of projects useful to its citizens."

The opening ceremony was followed by the completion of applications for admission to the project from about 120 high school students in Mina, before taking a tour of the College and the Model Making Lab and carrying out the most important work techniques to be used in the project. The students also visited an exhibition of models and engineering designs in which they listened to the teachers and students of the Faculty of Architecture explaining the projects presented.

“The Testimony of Literature on History and Memory”- A Conference at BAU

The links between literature and history, and the interdisciplinary nature of human sciences were the highlighted issues dealt at the International Conference hosted by the Faculty of Arts at Beirut Arab University. The Conference was entitled “Histoire et Mémoire: La literature comme témoignage” and was organized in collaboration with l’université de la Sorbonne – Paris4 and l’université d’Anger. Over two days, it discussed the historical specificity of literary texts, and how the most prominent historical events are reflected in world literature. The impact of wars and their subsequent impact on the literary arena was highlighted, showing how writers are affected. Narrating experiences and memories bring literature to the fore as a testimonial on history and memory.

The conference was organized by the Department of French Language and Literature, and was attended by Prof. Dr. Essam Osman, Vice-President for Medical Sciences, Prof. Dr. Mayssah El Nayal, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Prof. Dr. Nadia Iskandarani, Head of the French Department, in addition to BAU Deans, staff-members and a large crowd of students and interested people. The event was also attended by Dr. Pascal Akyan, Vice-President of the Scientific Council of the Sorbonne, and Dr. Salwa Nacouzi, Regional Director of the Bureau Moyen-Orient -Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie.

Prof. Dr. Essam Osman delivered a speech on behalf of the President of BAU, indicating the importance of the conference in opening up to the world, consolidating ties, and exchanging expertise with Francophone and Anglophone universities to promote cultural dialogue in the age of globalization.

Prof. Dr. Mayssah El Nayal, Dean of the Faculty of Arts pointed out the importance of the conference in exploring the intersections between history, memory and literature, as well as the role of literature in constructing cultural and national identities.

Prof. Dr. Nadia Iskandarani, Head of the French Department, highlighted in her word the contribution made by the conference in accentuating the partnerships between BAU, l’université de la Sorbonne –Paris4 and l’université d’Anger, through the joint researches manifested at the event.

Middle East Social Media Festival

The "Middle East Social Media Festival ® 2017"- Third Edition will be held between the partnership of Right Service and Beirut Arab University at BAU Jamal Abed Al Nasser Hall on May 10th and 11th from 9:00 am until 1:30 pm and will connect business people & marketing experts from Lebanon and the Middle East, with wide range of local and international social media experts with networking, live entertainment & special surprises.

BAU Organized a Workshop for Activating Children in Creation of Game Board

The Faculty of Architecture- Design and Built Environment at Beirut Arab University organized a workshop at Karantina Park targeting the children through activating their participation in the creation of game boards.

This workshop was organized in partnership with UNFPA- Lebanon, UNESCO- Beirut and UNODC- ROMENA.