5.3.4. Applications by women in subjects where they are underrepresented.

Number of female students surpasses the number of male in all disciplines except in computer sciences and mechanical and petrochemical engineering,

evidence from the file "innovation and impact".

The Lebanese University seeks to empower women and is keen to disseminate equality and sustainability by breaking gender norms and supporting women entrepreneurs and empowering women economically. For this purpose, the Lebanese University discussed an implementation plan for the “FREE Project” focusing on the academic role of women and the model of empowerment, equality and sustainability in the universities of the Mediterranean region in light of the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and proposed a plan to empower women and break gender norms by disseminating equality, enhancing trust, and developing the language of communication to build positive relationships in the societal environment and the workplace, and organized a dialogue entitled "Economic Empowerment of Women" related to gender discrimination and the challenges women and youth face to join the labor market.

Within the framework of "Amaly Program" funded by the Embassy of Canada to Lebanon and managed by Mercy Corps (NGO), the North Lebanon Local Economic Development Agency (NORTH LEDA), in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture of Tripoli and North Lebanon, the Lebanese University - Institute of Social Sciences and Al Midan NGO, organized a dialogue entitled "Economic Empowerment of Women" on 9 January 2020.

The dialogue, hosted by the Institute of Social Sciences – Branch 3, included a number of topics related to gender discrimination and the challenges women and youth face to join the labor market.Dr. Maha Kayyal (Head of the Research Center at the Institute of Social Sciences), Dr. Rodrigue Balaa, (Chair of the Agricultural Engineering Technology at Issam Fares Faculty of Technology at the University of Balamand) and Mrs. Roula El Mrad, social work and advocacy activist, spoke at the dialogue, which was moderated by Dr. Chaouki Attieh (Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences).

Lebanese university student - Faculty of Law and Political and Administrative Sciences (Branch 1, 2nd year), Sally Mahmoud Moussa presented a project on "Women's Rights" at the French Embassy in Beirut. The project ranked first among fifty projects submitted from Lebanon and the Arab world.

In an attempt to gain representation from the universities of Lebanon and the Arab world in raising women's awareness of their rights, Sally Moussa initially submitted a written report on her project to the French Embassy. She was then contacted with four other people to present their projects orally to a Specialized Human Rights Committee and was selected to attend workshops on Women's Rights to be held in France in June.

The Sally Moussa project included ideas and posters on "Women's Rights" in terms of strengthening its legal culture on the issues of the right to nationality, marriage of minors and equality with men .

In addition to her specialization in law, Sally is studying Economics (third year) at the Lebanese University - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.


The Director of Lebanese University - Center of Profession, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Centre MINE), Dr. Riad Mekdessi met with the representative of the ERASMUS PLUS program, Dr. Mary Abou Jaoudeh on 5 February 2020, to discuss an implementation plan for the “FREE Project” that will include disseminating the objectives and ensuring sustainability through training courses and workshops.

The objectives of "FREE Project", which seeks a successful partnership with Center MINE, focuses on the academic role of women and the model of empowerment, equality and sustainability in the universities of the Mediterranean region in light of the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” .


A plan to empower women academically and challenge inequality, build positive relationships in the social and work environment ... all these degrees will be part of the plan developed by the Center for Professions, Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the Lebanese University (Center MINE) to help strengthen the academic and professional role of women, complementing the ERASMUS PLUS program. And the project (FREE PROJECT) signed with the Lebanese University´.

Empowerment, equality and sustainability of the female academic role model in the universities of the Mediterranean region: towards the 2030 Agenda. To implement this plan in its programs and activities, the center will start from some of the criteria included in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development established by the United Nations, including the following points :

  • Develop a communication language capable of building positive and supportive relationships in the workplace between men and women.

  • Identify and address the key issue of gender equality, and show confidence in the challenge of inequality and support colleagues.

  • Working on a large - scale partnerships to provide leadership and support in order to change the rules and policies of harmful practices and gender equality and improve sexual n

  • achieve full and productive employment and guarantee decent work for all women, men and youth with special needs

  • support entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage business formalization and growth of small and medium-sized enterprises