EMUNI’s internationalization strategy provides its staff members with an opportunity to explore many international links that the University has developed through its extensive network of Mediterranean universities. As EMUNI was granted the Erasmus+ project, namely KA 107, Staff Mobility, the EMUNI staff has an extraordinary opportunity to visit its partner institutions and enhance their set of skills and experience as well to expand their knowledge of different working environments and cultures.
In this regard, EMUNI conducted a short staff exchange visit to its partner institution-Beirut Arab University (BAU), between 28 November-2 December 2016. EMUNI and BAU have had established close inter-institutional links in the past few years, but wanted to upscale the collaboration between both institutions in order to enhance its administrative relations and explore possibilities to upgrade joint academic activities. Three staff members dealing with International Affairs, Sponsored Programmes and Projects from EMUNI took part in the staff exchange.
BAU offered the necessary logistical support during the mobility, which was much appreciated by the EMUNI staff, as this was their first-time visit to Beirut. During their visit of BAU campus, the EMUNI staff was welcomed by the Dean of the Faculty of Management, Prof. Dr. Nehale Farid and the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture - Design and Built Environment, Prof. Dr. Ibtihal El-Bastawissi. As part of their exchange experience, EMUNI Staff participated at the students’ lectures, visited other faculties and partaken in the daily administrative procedures. They also got the opportunity to meet with local stakeholders, relevant for future cooperation between the Lebanese institutions and EMUNI.
Testimonial of the Project Manager: “Field visits, at BAU Campus, offered an excellent overview of the daily working processes and the learning environment – being introduced to the learning processes at the Faculty of Engineering, talking to lecturers and students, it was a nice and informative experience. Moreover, when in a different cultural environment, the streams of new ideas take new paths. Many new project ideas were born in this way and I am convinced that with enhanced personal ties between the BAU and EMUNI, we can come up with very good initiatives. I strongly encourage all colleagues to undertake the mobility and get this experience first-hand.”