10.6.1. A policy which is non-discriminatory or which details and explains the logic for any appropriate positive discrimination policies in admissions.

Therefore, the branches of the faculties of the Lebanese University cover all the Lebanese territory, based on the principle of giving equal opportunities to all students residing in Lebanon to access higher education .

The Lebanese University believes in higher education in all phases, with an almost free financial fee. In addition, the University devised a plan to build more LU compounds in new areas, including Akkar and Hermel, to provide greater opportunity for all students wishing to pursue their studies, given that the number of students registered at the Lebanese University is gradually increasing .

In 2018, the Lebanese University entered into an agreement with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development aimed at strengthening the link between research and policy as an effective approach to strengthening participatory decision-making and strengthening governance in addressing the multiple issues of social transformations in Lebanon .

The national average is 2% in 2004 as calculated by the central administration of statistics in Lebanon from the Living Conditions Survey.

  1. Entrance to the faculties of the Lebanese University is open to all.

There are faculties that require success in a competitive entrance exam (CEE), including the engineering, technology and medical faculties, while any young student who has obtained a high school diploma may enter other faculties without the need for an entrance exam, such as the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Letters & Human Sciences, the Institute of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Law and Administration .

However, the doctoral schools at the Lebanese University adopt specific admission rules similar to rules stipulated by the doctoral schools worldwide .

Regarding the Teaching Staff, they shall appear before a scientific committee formed of a number of professors who examine their qualifications / certificates and conduct an interview with them before approval or denial of their applications.

On the issue of harassment, any person of any gender who has been subjected to harassment may file an administrative complaint before the competent academic authorities. The complaint will be followed up according to the rules approved by the University Presidency and is subject to the administrative hierarchy to reach the University Council where a final decision is made.

In this context, a number of complaints were directed to the Presidency of the Lebanese University, investigations were conducted with the concerned persons, and appropriate decisions were taken, including dismissal from work or referring some cases to the civil judiciary.

With regard to human rights, the Lebanese University introduced in all faculties a course on human rights within its commitments to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals - Agenda 2030. Accordingly, each Faculty and Branch shall ensure the implementation of policies, programs and training courses related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights on campus and follow-up any complaint in this regard and transfer it to the concerned authorities.

The psychological repercussions of the Coronavirus pandemic and the Beirut port explosion urged the Department of Psychology at the Faculty of Letters & Human Sciences, to form a volunteer team under the name "Nehna Haddak" (We Are Beside You) to follow up on COVID-19 patients and those affected by the Beirut Port explosion. The unit consists of 700 students working under the supervision of their professors.

The rector of the Lebanese University received a delegation from the "Nehna Haddak" initiative

If we want to summarize the principles of SDG 10, we can develop a plan that applies to developing countries, including Lebanon, and its most important points are:

  • Gradually achieving income growth and supporting the continuation thereof;

  • Empowering and promoting social, economic and political inclusion for all, regardless of age, gender, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion, economic status, or otherwise;

  • Ensuring equal opportunities and reducing inequalities by repealing discriminatory laws, policies and practices and strengthening appropriate legislation, policies and procedures in this regard;

  • Adopting policies, especially fiscal, wage and social protection policies, and gradually achieving greater equality;

  • Ensuring the strengthening of the representation of developing countries and their voice in the decision-making process in global international economic and financial institutions, in order to achieve greater effectiveness, credibility, accountability and legitimacy of the institutions;

  • Facilitating orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and movement of population through the implementation of well-managed and planned migration policies;

  • Encouraging official development assistance, financial flows and investment in the least developed countries.

  1. Disability and the characteristics of the disabled

The disabled represent 2.0% of total residents4, with 84.8% suffering from one disability, 10.5% with from disabilities and 4.7% from three or more of disabilities. The types of disability are distributed as follows: 49.5% kinesthetic disability, 18.5% hearing or speech disability, 13.5% visual disability and 18.4% mental disability. The causes of disability are: disability since birth (30.7%), accidents (17.7%), old age (16.5%), and other diseases causing disability (12.7%). See next table.

Males represent 64.0% of the disabled while Females constitute 36.0%. Most of the disabled are between 15 and 64 years of age (59.3%), 27.3% are aged above 64 years, and 11.4% are aged between 5 and 14 years. The young, (0-4), represent 1.9% of total disabled. Of the disabled, 50.6% have never married, 37.7% are married, 10.1% are widows/widowers and 1.6% are either divorced or separated.

Of the disabled, 38.2% are illiterate, 25.1% reached an elementary level, 12.5% intermediate level, 10.2% know how to read and write, 5.1% received secondary level education and 2.9% reached university education. See next table. The highest percentage of the disabled is in the governorates of Mount Lebanon (38.8%), followed by South Lebanon (16.0%), the Bekaa (15.5%), North Lebanon (12.2%), Beirut (8.9%) and Nabatieh (8.6%). Approximately half of the disabled are unable to work (45.8%), with 15.0% are working and 11.0% are students.

Situational analysis of requests and aspires answered by people with disabilities

According to the analysis of requests and aspires answered by people with disabilities LU provides support services for people with disabilities and tries to implement recommendations for the academic community who suffers some a disability.

Visual Impairment

  • Consider the kind Visual Impairment

  • Secure special rooms, dedicated extra hours, an author and reader

  • Secure books, lectures, exams in large font and assistant to write in the exams

  • Secure special rooms, reading and writing facilities, exemption from graphs and statistical tables

  • Secure university materials on audible tapes

  • Book chairs in first rows

Physical Disability

  • Doctors are requested not to switch between classes to give their lectures, and every group shall have a class where all lectures are given

  • Secure a person to write in the exam

  • Secure the entry of the person’s car inside the campus

  • Facilitate movement inside the campus, namely in lifts

  • Assist in transportation and accommodation

  • Grant extra time in the exams and facilitate the entry of the electric chair into the lecture hall

  • Consider physical disability, which could hinder the achievement of the specialization within the due date and grant the opportunity to have extra time

  • Exempt from tuition fees

  • LU bets in support facilities and assistance

  • To facilitate entry to the front hall and secure a special seat that considers the needs of length

  • Assist in movement and registration of lectures through voice record

Hearing Disabilities

  • Exempt from compulsory lectures

  • Book a front-row seat, if possible

Speech Impairment

  • To be considered