Lebanese Minister Hails Rapid Expansion of Chinese-Lebanese Cultural Relations

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1484925224BEIRUT, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Lebanese-Chinese cultural relations are developing "from the Silk Road into the Silk Highway," said Lebanon's Minister of Education Marwan Hamadeh Tuesday.

Hamadeh hailed the rapid expansion of cultural ties between the two countries, mentioning 30 scholarships for Lebanese and Arab students to continue studies in the Chinese city of Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi province.
The scholarships, offered by the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (SRCIC), are seen as the latest proof of the Lebanese-Chinese friendship, he said.

Hamadeh said "the burden Lebanon is undertaking in the issue of Syrian refugees, particularly in the field of education, is huge. But with the help of the donors' countries, including China, some of this burden is relieved."

He revealed that the number of Syrian refugee students who enrolled in the current academic year in Lebanon has reached 250,000, including 30,000 in the secondary phase and the rest in the basic and elementary phases.

Hamadeh also stressed the need to upgrade the existing agreement signed between Lebanon and China in the fields of education and culture.

"There is an agreement between Lebanon and China regarding educational and cultural issues," he said, adding that this agreement "needs an upgrading, particularly in the issue of language teaching."

He noted that although the Confucius Institute in the Saint Joseph University is in place to teach Chinese, he still hopes Chinese language could be introduced into the college curriculum to save time for the Lebanese students who wish to continue higher education in China, so that they don't need to spend an extra year in language study.

The same is to be applied on Chinese students, he added, so they could be able to integrate into the Arab world in various fields like construction, sciences and business.

Hamadeh also thanked the Chinese government for the aid it provided early this year in the form of stationery to the Syrian refugees students.

American University of Beirut Tops QS Arab Region Rankings

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AUB 0Source: TradeArabia Business News Information

Lebanon's American University of Beirut tops this year's QS University Rankings for the Arab Region, released by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a global higher education analyst, today.

The table is the most extensive guide to the performance of 100 universities in 15 Arabic-speaking countries.

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), which was the top ranking university last year, takes the second spot this year.

Saudi Arabia is still home to three of the region's top four universities. King Saud University is placed third and King Abdul Aziz University is fourth on the list.

United Arab Emirates University enters the top five, rising from 6th to 5th. There is one new entrant into the top ten: Oman's Sultan Qaboos University (ranked10th).

Others in the top 10 on the list are: American University of Cairo (6th); Qatar Univerity (7th); American University of Sharjah (8th) and University of Jordan (9th).

Saudi Arabia is also the most-represented nation in the rankings, with 21 universities among the top 100. It is followed by Egypt and Jordan (13 universities each), the United Arab Emirates (12 universities), Iraq (11 universities), and Lebanon (8 universities).

QS uses a unique methodology to calculate this ranking. The methodology is designed to account for the unique challenges facing the region's universities, and features nine indicators. These indicators are: 1. Academic reputation; 2. Employer reputation; 3. Faculty/student ratio; 4. Citations per faculty; 5. Citations per paper; 6. International faculty ratio; 7. Staff with PhD; 8. International student ratio; 9. Web impact. - TradeArabia News Service.


Higher Education Scholarships to American-Affiliated Lebanese Universities

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img650x420The United States government pledged to provide $11.4 million worth of higher education scholarships to American-affiliated Lebanese universities for the next academic year, U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard announced Tuesday. Richard made the announcement for funding through the University Support Program during a meeting with American University of Beirut president Fadlo Khuri and Lebanese American University president Joseph Jabbra. The ambassador underscored the U.S. government’s continued support for education, “as the critical building block of a prosperous, secure and tolerant society.”

The funds donated will support at least 104 scholarships.

“While Lebanese youth are mastering the core elements of their substantive areas of interest, they are also learning life skills of critical thinking, community service and succeeding in a globalized economy,” with the help of the U.S. Agency for International Development, a statement from the American Embassy read.

Malek Tabbal, AUB’s director of the USP, told The Daily Star that the positive impact of the program on Lebanon would continue to show for decades to come. “These scholars are top academic achievers coming from modest backgrounds and public high schools from all over Lebanon and are given the opportunity to join one of the top universities in the Middle East.”

“In addition to the academic requirements, the USP scholars are heavily involved with the community and in leadership activities and community based projects,” he said.

The USP is a comprehensive undergraduate scholarship program enabling academically meritorious but economically disadvantaged public school graduates to attend AUB and LAU. The U.S. government has invested nearly $100 million in the program since its inception in 2010.

Article soucre: The Daily Star

Iran’s Islamic Azad University Plans to Open Branches in Iraq, Lebanon

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IAUThe Islamic Azad University of Iran will seek to boost cooperation with the neighboring countries and allies, a senior official at the 35-year-old organization said, unveiling plans for opening new branches in Iraq and Lebanon.

Head of the Founding Council and Board of Trustees of the Islamic Azad University Ali Akbar Velayati said on Tuesday that his organization has focused on supporting the neighboring and friendly countries as part of its international plans.

The IAU is going to open universities and academic centers in the Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Basra and in the Arab country’s Kurdish regions, he added.

Velayati further pointed to a shortage of scientific centers for those interested in receiving higher education in Lebanon, saying the IAU has been in correspondence with Secretary General of the Lebanese Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah in order to open offices in Lebanon and to promote cooperation with the Lebanese academic centers.

Founded in 1982, the Islamic Azad University is a private network of academic centers. It has more than 30 state university branches with 400 campuses and research centers across the country. The IAU has several overseas branches as well.

AUB Awards Four Honorary Degrees: Meaningful Change and Service

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hd 17 pre webThe American University of Beirut conferred four honorary doctorate degrees and 514 graduate diplomas at the University’s 148th commencement ceremony held on Friday, June 2.  A total of 16 doctoral, 403 master’s, and 95 medical degrees were awarded to the graduate class of 2017.

In his opening speech, AUB President Fadlo R. Khuri spoke about the power of inevitable doubt and introspection in effecting meaningful change and service for the common good.

This year’s recipients of AUB’s honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters include scientist Huda Akil; philanthropist and former first lady Mouna Haraoui; music composer, producer, and performer Simon Shaheen; and best-selling author and activist Ahdaf Soueif.

Mouna Haraoui expressed in her acceptance speech how she felt further empowered by the recently bestowed honorary degree to persevere in her contributions to Lebanon’s wellbeing.

Simon Shaheen captivated the audience with a special violin performance after he encouraged the students to use their “unique talent and education to build their own bridges” between cultures as he has done through his music.

Witness to social movements seeking a decent life for all, Ahdaf Soueif said that AUB graduates are “excellently equipped” to make a difference in a world facing “a battle between those who want a decent life for everyone… and those who can only comprehend narrow interests.”

In her keynote speech at the ceremony, world-renowned expert on the neurobiology of emotions, Dr. Huda Akil, defined what she calls “active resilience” as “the art of fighting the odds and emerging not only whole, but triumphant and joyful,” the result of internal resources to cope with stress and become stronger.

Akil argued that three factors harness this positive remodeling of the brain: social support; “emotional algebra” or balancing positive and negative emotions so the positive predominates; and reaching beyond oneself to help others.

This is an edited version of an article by Safa Jafari Safa, American University of Beirut.  Ms. Safa can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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