The Arab Society of Faculties of Business, Economic and Political Sciences (BEPS), headquartered at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK), and the USEK Business School of USEK organized a symposium entitled “The Partnership between Western and Arab countries and its Impact on Higher Education” that took place on Monday, April 30, 2018 at the USEK Business School.
The seminar was introduced by Mrs. Romy Rahmé who exposed the role of higher education institutions in today’s world, the emerging challenges and resulting implications. Rahmé, after exposing the situation of the Arab higher education sector and development, wondered if the future generations will no longer feel the need to emigrate for better educational and career opportunities.
The Dean of the USEK Business School, Professor Elie Assaf insisted on the importance of reinforcing the collaboration between the Arab and Western countries in order to improve research and higher education development in light of the prevailing instability that the region is facing. The Association of Arab Universities (AARU’s) Secretary-General Assistant, Dr. Khamisi El Hamidi, tackled the situation of the Arab countries and the importance of joint efforts with the Western Countries, despite the huge progress in education that the region is witnessing.
Professor Georges Jabbour from The George Washington University-USA, in presence of instructors and the Arab Deans-members of BEPS who participated in the event, delivered an intervention revolving around this subject. He tackled the partnership goals, and the benefits for Arab and Western countries and the related results and challenges for foreign presence.
The seminar ended with a Q&A session, followed by a cocktail reception.