EU Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport

National Erasmus+ Office - Lebanon

 
 

Meeting of Erasmus+ CBHE projects managed by Lebanese institutions: Challenges and Lessons learnt

Monday, July 26, 2021

In 2008, with the launch of the 4th edition of the EU-funded Tempus programme, the EU Commission took a new decision of allowing partner country institutions to be grant holders of capacity building projects. This marked an important shift in the EU policy towards more equity in the partnerships and cooperation at equal foot in these international programmes.

The step aimed at further enhancing the capacities of the partner country institutions in the management of international projects with all its administrative and financial responsibilities. It also aimed at strengthening the institutional ownership of the results produced by these projects. With the Erasmus+ programme launched in 2014 and its new phase 2021-2027, this shift towards project leadership by partner country institutions has been confirmed and further increased.

Between 2015 and 2020 (first phase of Erasmus+), Lebanon has been offered 27 CBHE projects out of which 8 projects were led by Lebanese institutions. Only 2 of these 8 were regional projects.

These 8 projects which are called on for a cluster meeting on 26 July 2021, are:

E-TALEB: Professional Standards Framework for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Lebanese Universities, 2015 – USEK

TLQAA+: Programme Evaluation for Transparency and Recognition of Skills and Qualifications, 2016 – University of Balamand

StEER-LEB: Student Empowerment, Engagement and Representation in Lebanese Universities, 2017 – USEK

MORALE: Capacity building for curricula modernization of Syrian and Lebanese HEIs and lifelong learning provision: towards sustainable NGOs management and operation with special focus on refugees, 2018 – BAU

LEBPASS: The Lebanese Diploma Supplement, 2018 – USEK

CONECTE: Collaborative Network for Career-building, Training and E-learning, 2019 – USJ

SWaTH: Sustainable Wastewater Treatment for Hospitals, 2020 – University of Balamand

GLOB-SM: Development of new master program in GLOBal Supply chain Management for Southern Mediterranean, 2020 – AUB

The aim of this cluster meeting is to study the impact of this type of grant holding on the institutional capacities and ownership of the concerned partner country institution, to exchange practices and to draw lessons for future beneficiaries. Closed projects can inform running and newly selected projects about their experiences and about the challenges faced during implementation.

This has a special relevance and draws particular interest at the context of Lebanon which has been marked since 2019 with many difficulties and obstacles at the level of the MEHE and later at the level of general political crisis, the financial hindrances, the banking system collapse all aggravated by the Covid-19 pandemic and amplified by the Beirut blast of 4 August 2020.

Grantholders, Lebanese and EU partners, other stakeholders like MEHE, EUD, potential applicants, the team HERE will be invited to this cluster meeting.

The following issues will be raised either through a pre-event survey to be filled out by the projects or through the different sessions of the meeting.

The cluster will also provide a good opportunity for the NEO to present part of the impact study carried out in 2020 and which addressed the CBHE projects selected between 2015 and 2017. The presentation will focus on the projects gathered in this cluster meeting.

Draft Agenda

10:00 – 10:05    Opening by Aref Alsoufi, NEO Lebanon and Orla Colclough, EUD to Lebanon.

10:05 – 10:15    Update on the new programme by Clivio Casali (EACEA)

10:15 – 10:30    National Impact Study and short discussion

10:30 – 11:15    Panel 1: Practices related to management issues and partnerships

Guiding questions for discussions

  1. Is there any special model that characterised the management of your CBHE projects?
  2. How much your institution’s rules and services were supportive or obstructive to you when managing your CBHE projects? Contribution to the success of coordinating a CBHE project? Resources mobilised? Institutional ownership?
  3. How are the relations with each of Lebanese partners, regional partners and EU partners managed? and how is an active involvement of all these partners ensured?

 11:15 – 11:25   Short break

11:25 – 12:10    Panel 2: Issues related to impact and effect of managing projects by Lebanese institutions

Guiding questions for discussions

  1. What impact does coordinating a CBHE project have on the institution’s visibility, attractiveness and international exposure?
  2. What impact does coordinating a CBHE project have on the institution’s different departments and offices (Faculties, IROs, financial department, IT, Registrar, etc.)
  3. How does the coordination of a CBHE project contribute to individuals’ capacity building and readiness to undertake new international projects?

12:10 – 12:55    Panel 3: Closed projects VS Ongoing projects VS New projects

                             |E-TALEB, TLQAA+| VS |StEER-LEB, LEBPASS, MORALE, CONECTE| VS |SWaTH, GLOB-SM|

Guiding questions for discussions

  1. What challenges were faced during the implementation of the project? And specifically, what problems were popped up at closing phase? Examples of adverse situations, unexpected shortcomings, ineligibilities identified by EACEA, etc..
  2. What advices or lessons learned can be conveyed by closed projects to ongoing projects; and by closed and ongoing projects to very new projects.

 

12:55 – 13:00    Closing

 

 

 



Nathalie Bitar

Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie

 

Jean-Noel  Baléo

Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie

Director General

Nesreen Ghaddar

American University of Beirut

Project partner

Bacel Maddah

American University of Beirut

Project partner

Maya Nabhani

American University of Beirut

Project representative

Rony Darazi

Antonine University

Project partner

Soubhi Abou Chahine

Beirut Arab University

Project representative

Maysaa El Nayal

Beirut Arab University

Project partner

Sanaa Hajj- Safa

CNAM Liban

Project partner

Clivio Casali

EACEA

Project Officer

Ravet Serge

Espace Mendès France (LEBPASS)

Project partner

Orla Colclough

EU Delegation to Lebanon

 

Hans-Peter Voss

GHD, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences

Project partner

Sylvie Sebaaly Naous

Holy Spirit University of Kaslik

Project partner

Rima Mattar

Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK)

Deputy President for International Affairs and Global Initiatives

Randa Al Chidiac

Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK)

Project Manager

Walid Harb

Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK)

Project partner

Darine Geara

Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK)

Project partner

Leah Hajjar

Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK)

Project partner

Joan Samaha

Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK)

Project partner

Nathalie Estephan Nemer

Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK)

Project partner

Celine Baaklini

Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK)

Project partner

Gaby Akiki

Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK)

Project partner

Hassan Noura

Islamic University of Lebanon

Project partner

Mohammad Ayache

Islamic University of Lebanon

Project partner

Joumana Younis

Jinan University

Project partner

Nancy Chedid, M.D.

LAU Gilbert & Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine

Project partner

Pierre Gedeon

LCU and HERE

HERE member and Project partner

Maria Moukarzel

Lebanese American University

Project partner

Rima Hamze

Lebanese American University

Director of International Services

Dina Abdul Rahman

Lebanese American University

International Relations Office

Mario Rebeiz

Lebanese American University

 

Dima Hamidi Sakr

Lebanese American University

Office of International Services

Walid Marrouch

Lebanese American University

Project partner

Roy Kanbar

Lebanese American University

Project partner

Rula Diab

Lebanese American University

Project partner

Diane Nauffal

Lebanese American University

HERE member and Project partner

Zainab Saad

Lebanese University

Head of International Relations Office

Sana Hammoud

Ministry of Education and Higher Education

DGHE contact

Rania Saikaly

Ministry of Education and Higher Education

Erasmus+ contact

Nina Zeidan

Modern University for Business and Science (MUBS)

Dean and project partner

Bassem Kaissi

MUBS

VP for International Affairs

Aref Alsoufi

NEO Lebanon

Coordinator

Amer Helwani

NEO Lebanon

Programme Assistant

Yasmine Al Gharib

NEO Lebanon

Project Assistant

Carla Edde

Saint-Joseph University of Beirut

VP for International Relations

Luai Jraisat

TAGUCI, Jordan

 

Anne-Laurence Pastorini

UNIMED

 

Odile FEGHALI

Université Antonine

 

Sylvie Devigne

Université Islamique du Liban

Project partner

Elie El-Hayek

Université Saint Joseph

Project partner

Nayla Hocheimy

Université Saint Joseph

International Relations Office

Nizar Hariri

Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth

Project Manager

Maha Khachab

University of Balamand

Project partner

Chafic Mokbel

University of Balamand

Project Manager

Makram El Bachawati

University of Balamand

Project Manager

Rami Abboud

University of Balamand

VP for Internationalisation & Engagement

Marianne Saba

University of Balamand

Project partner

Omar Itani

 

 

Valentina Manzato