10.6.9. Provide access schemes for people with disabilities

In this sense, the policy at Lebanese University is non-discriminatory in all aspects, the core values of the as a public free access institution, include equality of all, regardless of ethnicity, religion, disability or gender.

The core values of the Lebanese University, as a public free access institution, include equality of all, regardless of ethnicity, religion, disability or gender. According to the above, the Lebanese University have built some campuses and implemented many branches of its faculty on all the Lebanese territory, in order to reduce inequalities and to give equal chances to ALL student’s resident in Lebanon to access to the higher education. So even the students with modest financial capabilities could pursue their higher studies. Moreover, Lebanese University put a plan to build more campuses adequate in new areas in order to give more chance to all students willing to continue their studies, knowing that the number of enrolled students at the Lebanese University is increasing gradually, and knowing that the Syrian refugee crisis that affected Lebanon, requires more premises and more campuses covering the higher educational needs.

Specific Support Measures

The public Lebanese University offers free education for all Lebanese citizens. Students with special needs benefit from the same facilities and measures applied in all public institutions. Measures are rather applied on a case-by-case basis. The Palestinian and Syrian students are treated equally as the Lebanese nationals.

Fees within Public Higher Education

Education at the Lebanese University is almost free and fees account only for 6.5% of its total budget. The public Lebanese University is open to all Lebanese and to foreigners who are legal residents in the country. An international student enrolled in the LU has to pay a higher fee than that paid by a national student. The fees are paid directly to the Ministry of Finance.

Financial Support for Learners

The public Lebanese University, a limited number of merit-based grants are awarded to ALL students on the basis of academic performance. No public lending program exists for students in Higher Education. Another form of aid is fee exemptions. These are based on the number of students and social considerations. Some exemptions can be offered to students carrying out some work inside the university

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At the Lebanese University, students with special needs are taken into consideration through measures taken by the faculties according to their capabilities and according to the nature of health conditions, including:

  • Securing private rooms and providing additional teaching hours.

  • Providing books, lectures and exams in large font.

  • Securing university materials on audio tapes.

  • Securing someone to write during the exam.

  • Allowing cars for people with special needs to enter the campus and facilitating their movement on-campus, particularly through elevators.

  • Providing extra time for exams and facilitating the access of the electric wheelchair to the lecture hall.

Exemption from some tuition fees.

A number of the university buildings is designed taking into consideration the requirements for people with special needs through corridors, ramps, toilets, etc.

As a public institution in Lebanon, the core values of the Lebanese University include equality for all regardless of race, religion, gender or disability.

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.