17.2.1. Direct involvement in national government SDG policy development
Lebanese University halves the global food waste and reduces food losses along production and supply chains for the sake of enhancing all staff, the faculty, and students' performance. In this sense, the Lebanese University has direct involvement in, or input into, national government SDG policy development - including identifying problems and challenges, developing policies and strategies, modeling likely futures with and without interventions, monitoring and reporting on interventions, and enabling adaptive management.
Since the ultimate function of the university is to provide youth with quality education, it has the responsibility to advocate the importance of SDGs in research, institutional culture, cooperation with other universities or organizations and preparing public-mindful leaders.
Subsequently, the university must provide research knowledge, innovations, and solutions towards achieving the SDGs. It must also advocate for faculty members to help students to set up projects, activities, campaigns, helping to promote the importance of being an active member of society. It must also cooperate with other institutions for higher education, and private and public organizations to identify educational problems and potential solutions in order to create a more sustainable, inclusive and innovative world. Also, the university is a powerful institution that provides teaching. Learning inside the classroom isn’t enough to ensure graduates who can translate what they have learned in books to real-world applications.
Lebanese governmental strategy related to the 17 goals
The Lebanese University as a public institution for higher education, the only one in Lebanon, was involved in the Lebanese governmental strategy related to the 17 goals of sustainable development. Thus, the Lebanese University established several cooperation agreement with local and international NGO, Lebanese ministries and public institutions, in all areas and sectors, in particularly in sector involved by the sustainable development goals and related to health, education, industry, agriculture, climate change, gender equality, justice and strong institutions, as we can identify below, so the university could respond to the government and ministries needs regarding the higher education field, by providing studies, consultation, training experts, internship, and all the academic support in the limit of its capacities, knowing that the Lebanese University is funded by the government, so it has limited financial capacities.
This report is a preliminary reading and a situational review of the "Agenda 2030" Sustainable Development Goals SDGs in the Lebanese context. It focuses in particular on SDG "5", which is dedicated to gender issues and gender equality.
Between the COVID-19 crisis and the Beirut Port explosion, the work of the Lebanese University Task Force (LUTF) unit was diversified throughout August 2020, in cooperation with the Disaster Risk Reduction Department (DRR) of the Lebanese Red Cross and a number of Local and international organizations, with the support of the Governor of Mount Lebanon, Judge Mohamad Makkawi.
In cooperation with the Lebanese Red Cross, LUTF team continues to follow-up on measures taken to prevent COVID-19 during the exam period at the Lebanese University, under the supervision of Dr. Roula Atwi, Dr. Elie Hadchiti, Dr. Mirna Attieh, and students Lynn Raad, Marc Bayyad and Maitham Yassin.
The Lebanese University develops and reviews international cooperation curricula and international practices that address the sustainable development goals, including the Office of Foreign Language Coordination, which regularly conducts an evaluation of its performance in cooperation with “Cambridge Assessment English”.
The Coordination Office for Language Teaching at the Lebanese University, in cooperation with the Research Center and the Center for Language Sciences and Communication at the College of Arts and Humanities, organized a virtual joint conference with Cambridge English Language Assessment ( CAE - Cambridge Assessment English ) entitled "Remote evaluation and its role in educational achievement", with the participation of researchers From colleges at the Lebanese University and University College London ( UCL - University College London ).
The general coordinator of the Office for the Coordination of Language Teaching, Dr. Maha Jarjour stressed at the opening of the conference the importance of presenting successful experiences for evaluation from a distance and introducing the academic body in higher education to the most important tools currently in place and how to use them in order to find solutions, even partial, to the crisis that education is going through with the Corona crisis.
Within the framework of the cultural month "Cultural Colors" launched by the Lebanese University - Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, under the high patronage of the President Fouad Ayoub, the Branch 3 received the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Lebanon, Baltabay Omarov and a number of employees of the Embassy.
For the occasion, the Faculty held a seminar on the perspectives and history of the Lebanese-Kazakh relations, which was attended by representatives of northern cultural organizations and associations, student associations and interested parties.
The Branch Director, Dr. Jacqueline Ayoub, welcomed the ambassador and thanked him for this instructive cultural visit.
Then, Dr. Jean Touma delivered a speech on behalf of the Branch, emphasizing the importance of this cultural month, which ends with a meeting with the Ambassador of Kazakhstan, and calling for the strengthening of the cultural and academic cooperation between the two countries.