EU Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport

National Erasmus+ Office - Lebanon


Student Participative Role in HE Governance

Thursday, October 11, 2018

During the past years the shift in higher education towards student centered learning has taken place and several achievements in this direction can be noticed in different systems. The shift that places the learner at the center of the learning process could not happen without a change in the mindsets and in the relationships existing within the higher education in general and in the higher education institution in particular. Learners have to become active participants in the learning process but also in its management. Students’ role in the assessment, and decision making processes and procedures will need to be well identified and understood.

The Erasmus+ HEREs have been very active in studying different facets of the Lebanese Higher Education Reform and in suggesting reforms and improvements through several activities, meetings, seminars and workshops. So far, the issue of students’ roles in the governance has not been covered as it should be. Actually, the role of the students has been considered within the different aspects related to quality assurance, student services, qualifications, civic engagement etc. However, students’ involvement in University governance was not tackled so far probably because of the issue of students’ representation in the institutions and the system, which is critical for social and political reasons. This is the first roundtable to be organized in order to study the role of the students in the learning process, assessment and governance. The roundtable aims first at determining the actual role of the students and to define how this role should be modified to better serve the learning process.

Students’ role in assessment

In most of the higher education institutions the feedback of the students is being collected in different ways and for several purposes. It is important to understand how efficient this assessment is and if all stakeholders understand the crucial role they play in assessment. What is needed to improve the assessment process?

Students’ role in governance

In most universities, students are members in different committees. It is worth understanding on what basis are these students chosen (criteria for choosing) to be in those committees and how they manage to play their role. It is also of importance to evaluate the impact of the participation of the students in those committees and whether their feedback is taken into consideration and how this can be improved.

Structure of the students’ body

The roundtable shall also try to identify the structure of the students’ body within their respective institutions and how do they manage to channel information to the rest of the students’ body (communication plan) and to forward the students’ inquiries, concerns and feedback to the governance  or to draw the students’ position on different issues (participative plan).

The workshop will provide an opportunity to consider the previous points looking at where we are now, agreeing some principles that might guide our work moving forward and agreeing the next steps to take forward a strategic approach to developing the role of students.  A European expert will give a keynote outlining developments in this area internationally then facilitate three key discussions with the academic staff and students taking part as outlined below.  We will aim to conclude with an agreed action plan on what is needed to empower the students’ role for a better learning process.


Student Participative Role in HE Governance

Auditorium of Ministry of Education and Higher Education, 12th Floor

Thursday 11 October 2018


8:30 - 9:00


9:00 - 9:45

Key note presentation by Eve Lewis, Director - Student Partnerships in Quality Scotland (sparqs)

9:45 - 10:30

Key note presentation by Sebastian Berger, European Students’ Union - Experience of European students

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 12:00

Where are we now?

The first of our discussions will encourage participants to analyse the current role students have in relation to the following key areas:

1. Formal quality assurance and governance/decision making

2. Learning and teaching development and enhancement

3. Wider Student Experience

4. National developments and decision making

Overview of the Erasmus+ project StEER “Student Empowerment, Engagement and Representation in Lebanese Universities that aims at analysing the current situation in Lebanon.


12:00 - 13:00

Agreeing Principles and Values

This discussion will give the opportunity to discuss some of the key concepts and principles that underpin effective developments in empowering students.  We will discuss concept such as the role of student as partner versus consumer, what it means to be a representative and how to establish a culture of student empowerment.


13:00 - 14:00

Next Steps

This final discussion will look at some of the key approaches that have supported student empowerment developments strategically in different settings with a view to informing future plans in Lebanon


14:00 - 15:00


15:00 - 15:30

Discussions and drafting recommendations

15:30 - 15:45



Ministry of Education and Higher Education

Ahmad Jammal, DG


Eu Delegation in Beirut

Abdallah Chebly


National Erasmus+ Office Lebanon

Amer Helwani


Higher Education Reform Experts Team

Chafic Mokbel
Hana Al Ghali
Hania Nakkash
Mohamad Ouaidat
Nada Moghaizel
Pierre Gedeon
Nour Zeidan, Student
Maya Maddah, Student
Sendus Majanni, Student
Jihad Itani, Dean of Students
Azm University
Farid Chaaban, President
Fouad Choueifaty, Director of Students Affairs
Mohamad Maassarani, President, student council
Rami Abbas, assistant Dean, faculty of health sciences
Nadine Abla, Director of student activities
Nadine Badreddine, student
Ahmad Badr, student
Ghida Itani, student
Julana Jaloul, student
Aya Al Saidi, student
Guitta Dabdâb , Responsable de la Qualité et des Accréditations
Ahmad Kassem, Head of Student Affairs
Nabil Mneimneh, Representative of student council
Samer Dada, Business department - PR
Abbas Jaber, Chef de departement
Rena Al-Hassanieh, Student
Aicha Yakan, Dean of students affaires
Tharaa Haddad, Head of quality office
Dina Abdul Rahman, Office of International Services
Alan Kairouz, DOS office
Maya Azzam, LAUSteer project coordinator
Nader Akoum, President of the Beirut Campus Student Council
Rania Habib,Vice Chairman of the board of Trustees and Director of Admissions and Registration
Guilda Sfeir, Associate Dean of Student Affairs Office
Anwar Kawtharani, Dean-School of Education
Fatima Abou Nassif, Associate Director of Global Engagament
Wael Ayoub Salloum, Associate Administrative Director
Maryam Tarhini, MBA Student
Samer Daou, Student recruitment coordinator
Chawki Fakih, Student Representative
Maya Kanso, Office of Student Affairs
Dalal Moukarzel, Consultant to the Executive Vice President
Eliane Mehawej, Head of Integration and Professional Development Center
Antoine N. Gergess, Dean of Student Affairs 
Karim Medlej, Student, TEDEX Organizing Committee
Dolla Nehme, Student, Vice-President ASCE UOB Student Chapter
Antoine Hilal ,Student, President ASCE UOB Student Chapter 
Rima Mattar, Deputy president for Intl Affairs
Eliane Braiday, IAO- Student mobility coordinator
Joan Samaha, Student Representative
Sara Abou Chabke, Student
Gabriel El Hachach, Student in social work
Lea Choueifaty, Law student
Charbel Aad, Student