Prof. Dr. Ibtihal Youssef El-Bastawissi represented Beirut Arab University at “the regional meeting on the role of Arab universities in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals” workshop, which was held under the patronage of Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the Arab Republic of Egypt, Dr. Khalid Abdul Ghaffar, in Cairo on 25 & 26/09/2019.
The workshop was attended by a large number of Arab universities from Egypt, Mauritania, Sudan, Oman, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine, as well as representatives of UNESCO regional offices in Egypt and Beirut.
Prof. Ibtihal El-Bastawissi presented the projects and activities carried out by Beirut Arab University in supporting the 17 sustainable development goals SDGs set by the United Nations focusing on Goal 9 since BAU was selected last year to represent and lead SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) in the International Association of Universities (IAU) HESD (Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development) Cluster.
Prof. El-Bastawissi also stressed within its presentation on how BAU community based projects, initiatives and research activities have been mapped to Goal 9 targets including supporting Sustainable and resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive industrialization and enhancing scientific research. The Dean ended up by highlighting on the new initiatives undertaken by Beirut Arab University to achieve the sustainable development goals as proposed in its strategy.