The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Lebanon organized a panel discussion on “The Effects of the Syria Crisis on the Lebanese Higher Education System” in Beirut
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On the occasion of the official visit of the German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to Lebanon, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Lebanon organized a panel discussion around the situation in the Higher Education sector of Lebanon on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at the Hotel Hilton, Beirut.
Presided over by Prof. Dr. Margret Wintermantel, the President of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the event gathered more than 80 participants, including experts from several Lebanese and international institutions related to higher education, partners of DAAD as well as Lebanese and Syrian students sponsored by the HOPES program funded by the EU Madad Fund. The panel discussed with the audience “The Effects of the Syria Crisis on the Lebanese Higher Education System”.
Germany’s Academic Relations with Lebanon
In her introductory speech, Prof. Dr. Wintermantel briefly portrayed the vision, mission and activities of DAAD, the world’s largest funding organization for academic exchange with tremendous knowledge of international cooperation, Committed to universities and other educational institutions both in times of peace and in times of conflict, DAAD is mindful of crisis regions needing international support. As a result, DAAD has worked during the last years on an intensification of Germany’s academic relations with Lebanon. In October 2017 a highranking delegation of Lebanese university presidents visited Germany for the exploration of cooperation opportunities.
Academic Exchange in Times of Conflict
The Syria crisis has not only brought harm and hardship on the Syrian population but also poses an enormous challenge for the countries hosting millions of refugees. Hardest affected is Lebanon which hosts the highest number of refugees in relation to its own population. The events in Syria created also enormous challenges for the Lebanese higher education institutions, as Dr. Pierre Gedeon, representing the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education, pointed out. This was further exemplified by Dr. Zeinab Saad, the General Coordinator of the International Relations Office at the Lebanese University, hosting the highest number of Syrian students when speaking about the many challenges the university
faces, mostly related to infrastructure and financial support.