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press release on the efforts of the Consulate of Estonia in Lebanon to pave the way to the International Credit Mobility between the Lebanese and the Estonian Higher Education Institutions in the frame of the Erasmus + programme.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The following press release has been published on July 9th 2019 by l’Orient Le jour, about the efforts of the Honorary Consulate of Estonia in Lebanon, to pave the way to the International Credit Mobility between the Lebanese and the Estonian Higher Education Institutions in the frame of the Erasmus + programme.


Estonia, a new destination for Lebanese students attracted by the digital
Estonia, the cradle of Skype service, is considered one of the most connected
countries in the world. The Erasmus student exchange program between
European universities promotes the mobility of Lebanese students in this ecountry
par excellence.
Marlène AOUN FAKHOURI | OLJ 09/07/2019
‐Future digital professionals must nurture a particular penchant for innovation.
Emerging businesses are regularly created to respond to constantly renewed
challenges, affecting networks, design, development (internet and mobile), as
well as the organization and security of systems and data recorded daily, not to
mention digital marketing and e‐commerce. So many available sectors to
Lebanese students which will allow them to shine. And in this context, one of the
privileged destinations for Lebanese academics wishing to embark on this field is
In 28 years of existence, Estonia, Skype homeland, has reinvented itself through
innovation. The wealth of its high‐tech infrastructure has also made it one of the
pioneers in e‐government. Students and young entrepreneurs hope to replicate
Estonian successes such as Skype, TransferWise, Taxify‐Bolt (competitor of Uber)
and Playtech ... "Estonia, a small Baltic country of 1 300 000 inhabitants, offers
higher education similar to its Finnish neighbor", explains the Honorary Consul of
Estonia in Lebanon, Fouad Fadel, who emphasizes in this regard: "The Estonian
educational standard is one of the highest in Eastern Europe. One of the slogans
of recent years has been "studious Estonia", which means that all members of
society in this country are involved in the process of continuous learning and in
the continuous improvement of their level of learning. Thus, the student
population includes young people from 90 different countries, European
countries such as Germany, Italy and Russia, or others such as China, India and
the United States. Student life has become easier since Estonia proclaimed in its
Constitution that the access to the internet is a basic human right. Moreover,
since the launch of the Erasmus exchange program twenty years ago, studies in
Europe have never been so popular. This program of student exchange between
European universities promotes the mobility of students, "says the consul.
And Mr Fadel added: "This exchange program provides funding from the
European Union, opening up new partnership opportunities in different parts of
the world to strengthen training, education and cooperation between universities
and socio‐economic backgrounds. Selected on the basis of academic criteria,
more than 400 Lebanese students, as well as professors and academic staff, were
fortunate to benefit from these partnerships between Lebanese and European
universities. "
And Fouad Fadel emphasizes that to achieve the exchange of academic mobility
between Estonia and Lebanon, the Estonian consulate in Lebanon spares no
effort: "We work in close collaboration with the national agency Erasmus +,
Archimedes in Estonia, with the official Erasmus + office in Lebanon, the heads of
international relations in Lebanese universities, as well as their counterparts in
Estonian universities. And this with the aim of establishing and facilitating
exchanges of students and staff between the two countries; and to ensure that
Lebanese students benefit from all the latest technologies and advances in digital,
cryptology, digital forensics, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity. "
University courses of interest to Lebanese students are taught in English. In
addition, the Higher Education system in Estonia has the same structure as in
Lebanon, namely three years for the bachelor's degree and two years for the
master's degree.