Safir: A first regional event in Beirut aimed at strengthening collaboration among universities, incubators, and civil society organizations

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  • Date: 26-Sep-2022
  • Source: National News…
  • Sector:Education
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Safir: A first regional event in Beirut aimed at strengthening collaboration among universities, incubators, and civil society organizations

NNA - The 18 universities benefitting from Safir project in the Middle East and North Africa took part in the first major regional gathering that brought together all of the actors involved in this international project, which is funded by the European Union and where the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) is both a partner and operator.

This meeting, on the theme of social entrepreneurship, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and support for youth, was held in Beirut from 21 to 23 September 2022. It brought together representatives of the universities, the 7 incubators and the 21 civil society organizations of the Safir network, including four Lebanese universities (Antonine University, Islamic University of Lebanon, Lebanese University, Saint Joseph University of Beirut), as well as the project partners.

The first day, at the AUF's Centre d'Employabilité Francophone (CEF) hosted at the Beirut Digital District (BDD), was dedicated to an exchange of good practices between the universities of Safir around the social responsibility of higher education institutions, the creation of training courses on social entrepreneurship and the SDGs, and the incubation of social, cultural and environmental impact projects carried out by students. The university representatives were then able to strengthen their relationship with Safir's