In an attempt to affiliate cooperation with other major Lebanese Universities, Beirut Arab University represented by its President Professor Amr Galal El Adawi, joined a Signing Ceremony for a “Technology Collaboration Agreement for Research and Education (Tech Care)” which witnessed the birth of “Lebanon’s National Research and Education Network (NREN)”. The Ceremony was also attended by the President of the American University of Beirut (AUB) Dr. Fadlo Khuri; Rector of Saint Joseph University (USJ) Prof. Salim Daccache; Vice President for Human Resources and University Services of the Lebanese American University (LAU) Mr. Roy Majdalani, representing President Dr. Joseph Jabbra; President of Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) Father Professor Georges Hobeika.
This agreement which formed the beginning of cooperation between the universities , and which promised that more universities will join in a later step, states that TechCARE will connect educational institutions within Lebanon and from Lebanon to the world, allowing for enhanced collaboration and improved e-services for the member universities and their communities of researchers and learners.
The vision of NRENs around the world—and TechCARE in Lebanon—is that building connections and fostering collaborations between a large number of universities and research institutions is key to advancing knowledge.
Professor Amr Galal El Adawi stated his hopes for the future by saying: “Today’s signature is a good start for the five universities and I hope this will lead us to more cooperation in other fields.”
Dr. Fadlo Khuri said “This is further evidence of the level of genuine cooperation between five of the top private universities in the country and our hope is with this step—which will make life easier for our students, faculty, and staff wishing to cooperate with the public university in Lebanon”
Prof. Fr. Daccache declared: “I think this is an added value to our educational work. Today, informatics is no longer an option, it is a duty. A duty that universities have to take into consideration and introduce into their programs in order to benefit our students, and higher education in Lebanon.”
Mr. Majdalani, reiterated on behalf of the LAU president how this agreement is, “one more step in building a stronger technology infrastructure for students in leading higher education institutions in Lebanon”.
Professor Fr. Georges Hobeika noted: “USEK’s contribution to the launch of TechCARE, with partner universities, is significant, thus USEK will strive to provide unmatched services that will transform the entire educational ecosystem in Lebanon.”
The purpose of this agreement is not only to connect researchers and students within Lebanon, but also to connect them to the world. Among the foundational services of TechCARE are the connections it provides to the European community—through GÉANT and its EUMedConnect3 Program—and the regional community through the Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN).
Mr. David West, Project Manager of EUMedConnect3, explained how pleased they were that Lebanon is participating in this EU-funded program, stating that “GÉANT” welcomes the Technology Cooperation Agreement for Research and Education (TechCARE) among Lebanese Research and Education Institutions”.