EU Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport

National Erasmus+ Office - Lebanon

 
 

Civic Engagement in the Lebanese Higher Education

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The National Erasmus+ Office in Lebanon and the team of Higher Education Reform Experts, are organising a seminar on “Civic Engagement in the Lebanese Higher Education”  on February 16, 2017 at Rafik Hariri University, Mechref.

This event is organised in collaboration with the Directorate General of Higher Education, as part of a series of Erasmus+ HEREs events contributing to higher education reform at national level.

The seminar is an occasion to review some good practices and successful approaches adopted by several Lebanese higher education institutions in the field of civic engagement and presents the concept as seen in the European Higher Education Area. A draft Charter for civic engagement in the Lebanese higher education is presented and discussed.

All Lebanese higher education institutions are invited to this event.

 

Concept Note

Higher education has never played a more central role in societal and economic development than today. All stakeholders, including government and socioeconomic actors look to higher education in order to deliver on important goals. These goals include among others socio-economic development, skill levels improvement, social inclusion and cultural enhancement.

Inherent to its function, higher education has the potential to develop individuals so they contribute to society and societal development in meaningful and holistic ways. Throughout their learning path within higher education, students develop their critical thinking and independent thoughts. Universities shall be keen to develop their students’ analytical skills outside of their chosen field of study. This will equip them with necessary competency to negotiate the complexities of modern societies. Universities shall also work on fostering the skills and mindsets necessary to engage with and contribute to civic life while respecting democratic values and human rights.

Besides their central role in developing the economy of knowledge, the universities are required to lead the social development while preserving the social cohesion, the democratic values and human rights. The Lebanese universities are not exception in this regard, but rather this role is even more central in the local and regional context. The Erasmus+ Higher Education Reform Experts (HEREs) in Lebanon organise a one day seminar to discuss this important role of modern higher education and what is necessary to successfully accomplish this challenging mission.

The seminar will offer the occasion to review some good practices and successful approaches adopted in the European Higher Education Area. Several Lebanese experiences in the domain of civic engagement will also be presented together with the outcomes of several European Tempus and Erasmus+ projects. The major outcomes of the survey conducted by the HEREs at the occasion of this seminar will be also detailed. The presentations and discussions will be organised on three major axes:

  • The civic engagement components in the academic programmes, curricula and courses
  • The internal colleges’ activities related to civic engagement,
  • The national community service projects that foster civic engagement.

Challenges and opportunities related to the development of the civic engagement will also be discussed.

Finally, a draft charter for civic engagement in the Lebanese higher education shall be presented and discussed.

Civic Engagement in the Lebanese Higher Education
Programme, February 16, 2017
 

09:00 - 09:30

Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 - 10:00

Welcome Notes

10:00 - 11:30

 

Session1: Concept of Civic Engagement in HE (EU and Lebanon)

  •  Keynote presentation by Lucan Meijs, Rotterdam School of Management and the Erasmus Centre for Strategic Philanthropy.
  •  Mapping of the Civic Engagement in the Lebanese HE by Hania Nakkash, Beirut Arab University and HERE member.
  • Proposition of a draft Charter for Civic Engagement in Lebanese HE.
  •  Discussion

 

11:30 -12:00

Coffee break

12:00 -13:30

 

Session2: Exchange and reflection on local good practices

  •  AUB case by Rabih Shibli, Director of CCECS.
  •  USJ case by Hayat Azoury, Head of Toxicology Laboratory and Anti-poison Centre.
  •  LIU case by Anwar Kawtharani, Dean of Education.
  •  UA case by Micheline Ghattas, Vice-Rector for Innovation.
  •  Synthesis wrap-up by Lucan Meijs, Rotterdam School of Management and the Erasmus Centre for Strategic Philanthropy.
  •  Discussion

 

13:30 – 14:30

Lunch break

14:30 – 16:00

 

Session3: Exchange and reflection on local good practices

  •  AUNOHR case by Issam Mansour, President of AUNOHR
  • LAU case by Elie Samia, Assistant Vice President for Outreach & Civic Engagement
  • UOB case by Samer Annous.
  •  BAU case by Nadine Abla, Director of the Student Activities
  •  Synthesis wrap-up by Lucan Meijs, Rotterdam School of Management and the Erasmus Centre for Strategic Philanthropy.
  •   Discussion

 

16:00-16:30

Concluding remarks and recommendations

 



EU Delegation

Abel Piqueras   

Abdallah Chebly

 

Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Directorate General of Higher Education

Ahmad Jammal

 

EU Expert

Lucas Meijs

 

National Erasmus+ Office Lebanon

Aref Alsoufi

 

Higher Education Reform Experts - Lebanon

Chafic Mokbel 

Nada Moghaizel Nasr

Pierre Gedeon 

Mohamad Oueidat 

Hania Nakkash 

 

USJ

Hayat Azouri Tannous

Samar Chamoun

Gloria Abdo

 

LAU

Elie Samia

Ghina Harb

 

AUB

Rabih Shibli

 

LIU

Hassan Khacfeh

Anwar Kawtharani

Khouloud Al-Khatib

 

MUBS

Nidal makarem

Hanin Ibrahim

 

UOB

Antoine Jerjes

Samer Annous

Oumaya Quran

 

Université Antonine

Micheline Ghattas

Hoda Irani

 

AZM University

Jamal Abed

 

Al Manar University of Tripoli

Walid Kamali

Fadi Sukkari

Ranim El-Sayed

 

AOU

Rana Haidar

Carla Bader

Doreen Kharrat

 

RHU

Ahmad Smaili

Hiam Loutfi

Mohamad Diab

Bassam Msallem

Jamil Hammoud

Maysa Banat

Rida Nuwayhid

Mohamad Taha

Hisham Basha

Mohamad Ladan

Houssam Salami

 

Maaref University

Hussin J. Hejase

 

AUNOHR University

Issam Mansour

Hala Abou Ali

 

IUL

Joseph Ghazi

Mirna MEKDAD

Ghadi Mokaled

 

AUST

Zouha Attieh

 

NGOs

Sara Rammal, NAHNOO

Karine Nahhas, Makhzoumi Foundation

Dima Osman,     RHHS