International Success at HEIC 2010 for the 2nd year in a row

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International Success at HEIC 2010 for the 2nd year in a row

The second Higher Education International Conference (HEIC 2010), organized by the Modern University for Business and Science, was held on May 4th and 5th. The sessions concluded on May 5, 2010 in an official ceremony held at Phoenicia Intercontinental Hotel where 3 honorary medals were awarded to H.E Mrs. Bahia Hariri, Head of the Education Committee, Dr. Saleh Hashem, Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities, and Professor Joseph Mifsud, President of the Euro-Mediterranean University.

Ms. Nadine Alameh welcomed the participants and honorees to the event and Mr. Mounir Hamza gave speech on behalf of the MUBS Board of Trustees highlighting the university's achievements in the past years. While talking to the participants and honorees, H.E Mrs. Bahia Hariri thanked the conference organizers for the valuable efforts made in this field in the previous years. She also wished MUBS success, emphasizing the importance of education in developing the community.

The HEIC was held under the kind Auspices of H.E the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Dr. Hassan Mneinmeh and discussed vital higher education issues for 2 days at Crowne Plaza Hotel. During the first day, sessions focused on quality assurance, accreditation and women's role in higher education and they were successively moderated by Dr. Elham Kallab Bsat, Dr. Sobhi Abou Chahine and Dr. Souheil Matar.

During the second day and after an opening speech by the Director General of Higher Education, Dr. Ahmad Jammal, on the reality and challenges of higher education, the conference sessions discussed university ranking, institutional research and effectiveness in higher education, as well as community service. The sessions were moderated by Dr. Hany Dowidar, Dr. Abdel Raouf Sinno, Dr. Ali Cheaib, Dr. Mounir Mabsoot and Dr. Charbel Kfoury respectively.

The two-day sessions were only part of more than 30 working papers and research reports published in the HEIC proceedings. The publication is to be the spring board for MUBS to discuss and implement the conference recommendations at a later stage.

Participants included experts from Slovenia, Germany, Algeria, Egypt, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi-Arabia, UAE and Iran representing their universities and higher education institutions at this important event. Everyone commended the organization of the conference and the warm Lebanese hospitality. MUBS also organized an excursion on May 6 for those who wished to attend. The excursion included visits to Jeita, Byblos and Tripoli.

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