MUBS Represents Lebanon in Global Partners in Education X Conference: New Collaborations in Research and Teaching

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On a three day visit to East Carolina University (ECU) in the United States, Dr. Nael Alami, VP for Research and Innovation, represented MUBS in the Global Partners in Education Conference in North Carolina on May 17, 2017. The conference explored current challenges to education in sessions that included over 20 universities from Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. 

As the only university from Lebanon participating in the proceedings of this 10th conference, Dr. Alami discussed the valuable opportunities our global partners could provide Lebanese students, the status of higher education in the country, as well as circumstances and prospects in the sector. In a speech to the attendees, Dr. Alami stressed the importance of education in breaking down barriers of divisiveness and misunderstand at a time when political turmoil is emphasizing cultural differences rather than overcoming preconceptions and stereotype threat.  

Throughout the conference, a number of meetings were held, setting in motion new partnerships, exchange programs, and collaborations in research and teaching, most notably with ECU Provost, Professor Ron Mitchelson and representatives of HAN University of Applied Sciences (Holland). Participants also toured ECU campus and facilities, including their business incubator, supporting local entrepreneurs and businesses. ECU highlighted the effective role the university has undertaken in advancing the socioeconomic situation in North Carolina, becoming a hub for healthcare services, business development, and a hub for international partnerships. The conference concluded with an agreement to further the Global Understanding classes to include students from disciplines ranging from Liberal Arts to Health Sciences and reformulation of the membership criteria for universities in the GPE Program. The next Global Partners in Education Conference will be held in the Netherlands, hosted by HAN University.

 





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