Dr. Ayman Ashour, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, witnessed on Monday the 13th of March, at the Ministry's headquarters, the signing ceremony of a cooperation protocol between Alexandria University and Beirut Arab University, in the presence of Dr. Abdelaziz Konsowa, President of Alexandria University, Dr. Wael Nabil Abdelsalam, Vice President of Alexandria University for Student Affairs, Dr. Kamel Galal, Minister Plenipotentiary, representing the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Ammar Al-Houri, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Endowment of Righteousness and Benevolence Association )Waqf Al-Birr-wal-Ihsan), and his accompanying delegation, and Dr. Mohamed Samir Hamza, Acting Head of the Cultural Affairs and Missions Sector.
During the ceremony, Dr. Ayman Ashour stressed Egypt's keenness to support scientific and academic cooperation with brethren Arab countries, especially in the field of higher education and scientific research, referring to the civilizational symbol that Beirut Arab University represents, reflecting the principles and values of joint Arab action. He pointed to the unique historical and academic ties that unite it with Alexandria University, which has deepened since the establishment of the Beirut Arab University in 1960, as one of the endowment institutions of Righteousness and Benevolence, with the support of the Alexandria University.
Dr. Ayman Ashour added that the signing of the protocol is a new start to confirm the bonds of cooperation between the two countries, stressing the provision of all aspects of support to Beirut Arab University to serve the Arab nation with a new and distinct vision.
The Minister also congratulated Dr. Wael Nabil Abdelsalam, Vice President of Alexandria University for Student Affairs for assuming the duties of the presidency of Beirut Arab University as of September 2023, wishing him success in his new position.
For his part, Professor Dr. Abdelaziz Konsowa, valued the efforts of the charitable Endowment of Righteousness and Benevolence Association to reach the signing of this protocol, confirming the provision of all aspects of support to Beirut Arab University, and referring to what Alexandria University provided during the last period of support to Beirut Arab University, including the provision of human cadres from faculty members and experts, and other forms of support, which resulted in the crystallization of this unique model represented by Beirut Arab University.
In his speech, Dr. Ammar al-Houri expressed his pleasure for signing the cooperation protocol, praising the Egyptian-Lebanese bilateral relations, stressing that Cairo and Beirut have historical relations characterized by friendship, brotherhood and mutual love, pointing to the Egyptian-Lebanese cooperation in the field of education at the highest level, especially in the field of university higher education, expressing his aspiration to more cooperation and coordination between Cairo and Beirut in the university education sector.
The cooperation protocol was signed by Dr. Abdelaziz Konsowa, President of Alexandria University, and Dr. Ammar Al-Houri, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Endowment of Righteousness and Benevolence.
The cooperation protocol aims to complete the process of interdependence between the two deep-rooted universities, in a way that serves joint academic and cultural development, and contributes to achieving a high Arab and international status for each of them, which enables them to anticipate modern scientific and technical developments.
During the protocol signing activities, Alexandria and Beirut Arab Universities affirmed their determination to renew the horizons of this cooperation between them in accordance with the rules and laws in force in both Egypt and Lebanon.
The protocol provides for cooperation between the two universities in the fields of education at the bachelor’s and licentiate levels, postgraduate studies, supervision and judgment of theses, seminars, scientific conferences, the use of laboratories and university libraries, as well as cooperation in the fields of student activities, sports, culture, entertainment, student exchange and delegation visits etc.
The protocol also provides for cooperation in implementing training for Beirut Arab University medical students at Alexandria University hospitals and clinical clinics, according to the needs of Beirut Arab University.