Internationalization Policy Statement

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Internationalization Policy Statement

 

MUBS

Established in 2000, Modern University for Business and Science (MUBS) is a dynamic Lebanese private higher education institution dedicated to academic excellence and focused on innovative teaching, student-focused learning, and higher education internationalization.

MUBS OIA

MUBS office of International Affairs (OIA) was established in 2006 with the support of the University of Alicante in Spain within the framework of the Bird (Benchmarking International Relations Offices for Development) Tempus project. In 2011, the OIA structure was developed and the know-how and management capacities of its staff were developed within the framework of the Ties (Towards an Internationalization of Higher Education Network for the Meda Region) Tempus project (www.ties-project.eu) coordinated by the university of Alicante. Then in 2015, an internationalization management model was developed in order to provide appropriate knowledge and means to improve internationalization actions and activities that contribute to the sustainability of the international dimension at MUBS. This was achieved with the support of the MIMI (Modernization of Institutional Management of Internationalization in South Neighboring Countries) Tempus project (www.mimiproject.org) coordinated by the University of Barcelona.

The office of International Affairs (OIA) is MUBS’s main point in coordinating international relationships. Its primary functions, in this context, include enhancing student/faculty mobility, advocating curriculum internationalization, improving MUBS international presence and capacity on campus, and promoting international projects and activities

Motivation to Internationalize

As MUBS felt the need to adapt to the changing characteristics of its own environment, its entrepreneurial attitude led to increasingly internationalize the scope of its activities. This meant that although still very focused on the national higher education system (most of its students, professors, and funding remaining national and its actions still constrained by nationally imposed sets of laws), its points of reference started to swing towards the international higher education arena. Accordingly, MUBS positioned international affairs as a major theme in its strategic plans, and continuously strives for systematic internationalization. The following summarizes the motivation of the university to further internationalize:

  • Achieve more institutional visibility nationally, regionally, and internationally.
  • Find new sources of funding.
  • Improve academic quality and student preparedness.
  • Increase the mobility of students, faculty members, and staff to expand the institution education capacity and capabilities.
  • Build capacity for research.
  • Improve the access for students to international programs
  • Improve the institutional operations through sharing international best practices.

Goals (for 2016-2017) :

  • Promote deeper understanding and support of international and cross-cultural programs among faculty, students, and support staff across campus. 
    • Develop the international content of the curriculum. 
    • Increase the number of internal stakeholders directly participating in international experiences.
    • Develop new partnerships to offer a competitive international graduate education at MUBS.
    • Provide support services that enable international students, faculty, and staff to function successfully.
    • Provide incentives for international research.
    • Strengthen internationally-focused graduate programs.
    • Enhance the internal marketing and communication about the range of international activities that we are engaged in.
    • Securing a greater volume of human and financial resources for our OIA.
    • Create a structure that recognizes the primary role of faculties in directing educational and research initiatives while fostering greater collaboration across the campus.

Resources

The internationalization activities at the university are supported by MUBS Board of Trustees and the university President. The OIA is operated through an integrated and coordinated organizational structure. OIA's organization consists of central management headed by a VP for International Affairs and conducts activities/projects in cooperation with the different faculties at MUBS.

Activities/Beneficiaries

  • Revise curricula to increase the international content (Faculty/Students)
  • Implement orientation that promote awareness of international opportunities (Faculty/Staff/Students)
  • Student & Faculty Exchange Programs (Faculty/ Students)
  • Dual Degrees ( Faculty/Students)
  • International research (Faculty/Students)
  • International Projects (Faculty/ Staff/ Students)

 

Challenges

The challenges that will be faced by MUBS in achieving those goals can be summarized as follows:

  • Increased competition resulting from the expansion of transnational programs in Lebanon.
  • Scarce funding relative to the quality and quantity of OIA activities.
  • The selection of international partners is sometimes driven more by the desire to gain prestige by association than by actual interest in cooperation.

 

 

 

 

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