The following article was taken from our First Newsletter (pdf, 2.91 MB)

Prof. Dr. Hania Nakkash Chmaisse got her PhD in Physiology and Pharmacology from the University Of New South Wales- Sydney, Australia. She has held several positions and responsibilities at Beirut Arab University (BAU) since 1995 and is currently the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. She is a member in several committees inside and outside BAU, one of which is Higher Education Reform Experts (HERE). Among others she was identified as a HERE member to act as a promoter of higher education reforms supporting policy development at the national level as well as policy dialogue with the EU.

I was invited by DAAD, along with other representatives from several Lebanese universities, to visit Germany from October 15-21, 2017. This DAAD information visit to Germany was intended to give us the opportunity to gain insight into German institutions of higher education and research both at the academic and the administrative levels. We visited the DAAD Center and other universities, centers and offices, such as: University of Bonn, Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB), Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW), Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, University of Applied Sciences, Bildungsforum Potsdam, Technical University of Berlin and the Research Center MATHEON. We also had the chance to meet representatives of the German research institutions Leibniz Association and Humboldt Foundation.

Strengthening Academic Ties Between Lebanon and Germany
The visit was a very fruitful one, where we found German academics very willing to collaborate at all levels and I obtained a good impression that this collaboration will lead to very positive results in the future. We also learnt about the individual scholarship programs, government scholarship programs and institutional cooperation. Upon returning to my university I wrote a report about the delegation visit and later a procedure of how to seek collaboration with a German partner. With this in mind, we hope to initiate research collaboration as well as exchange mobility, since one of Beirut Arab University’s (BAU) strategy objectives is to seek internationalization.

The Lebanese delegation at the DAAD Headquarters in Bonn