16.3.2 Does your university as a body provide outreach, general education, upskilling and capacity-building to policy- and law-makers on relevant topics e.g. economics, law, technology, climate change?

USAID is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID’s work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity, demonstrates American generosity, and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience.

USAID Education Policy

The USAID Education Policy, launched in November 2018, sets priorities and direction specifically for USAID’s investments in education. The primary purpose of USAID education programming is to achieve sustained, measurable improvements in learning outcomes and skills development.

The USAID Education Policy: English / French / Spanish

Our priorities are that:

Children and youth, particularly the most marginalized and vulnerable, have increased access to quality education that is safe, relevant, and promotes social well-being.

Children and youth gain literacy, numeracy, and social-emotional skills that are foundational to future learning and success.

Youth gain the skills they need to lead productive lives, gain employment, and positively contribute to society.

Higher education institutions have the capacity to be central actors in development by conducting and applying research, delivering quality education, and engaging with communities.

The USAID Education Policy is accompanied by Program Cycle Implementation and Operational Guidance, which provides information on operational aspects of the policy, including key considerations throughout the program cycle, Agency-level monitoring and reporting, budget and funding parameters, and other areas. USAID also supports education Links, a website to help international education practitioners design and manage effective education programs. Education Links will share innovations and lessons learned on implementation of the USAID Education Policy.



New Project Milestone: The HECD Program welcomes

Islamic University of Lebanon (IUL)

as our newest Higher Education Institution (HEI) Partner!

We are pleased to announce that IUL is HECD’s 6th HEI partner overall, joining current HECD partners: AUST, HU, NDU, USEK & USJ.

A Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony was held today at the IUL campus in Khaldeh. IUL’s President, Prof. Dina Al Mawla, and 3 IUL senior staff, met with HECD senior staff, while HECD’s Chief of Party participated via video conference from the U.S.

HECD values this new partnership with IUL which comes during an especially challenging period for the Lebanese people. HECD is optimistic that this partnership will widen the positive impacts of HECD capacity building programs for increased numbers of HEI staff, instructors, and students during the coming year!

USAID Lebanon

Education Development Center


1.MediateGuru-Lebanon Chapter welcomes on board Sara and Ruba who will be acting as Campus Ambassadors for the IUL, Khaldeh Campus.
Sara Kanaan

 Is in her second year of studying to her Master’s degree in International Criminal Law.
She visited the International Judicial institutions in The Netherlands and holds a certification in International Criminal Law from the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL).
On top of that, she acts as an advisor for moot courts after having participated in several related competitions, one of the most marking for her was the Price Media Law Moot Court organized by the University of Oxford.
Ruba Bou Khzam

 On the other hand, is currently completing her Master II in International Humanitarian Law!
In addition to this, she acts as an advisor to the moot court competitions after having participated in several ones, she also holds a certificate of participation in the Price Media Law Moot Court from the Oxford University, after having participated in the regional rounds held in Egypt!

2.Participation in the Regional Arabic moot court which was organized by KILAW and was hosted by the Lebanese University in Tripoli on 13 April 2019 . IUL got the third place over 17 teams that participated.

Coach : Dr. Abas Jaber and Dr. Jinan Tfaily.

Participants were : Sally Abd el khalek, Reem  el Sayed ,Nathali Barake  Mahd AlMokdad.


Find attached the last round of the competition live.


The Islamic University of Lebanon team qualified for the semi-finals (4 teams out of 17 participants) of the Arab Moot Court matches that are held at the Lebanese University – Tripoli Branch, after winning most of the first day’s matches and getting second place after skipping the Beirut Arab University team in a match Quarter-final
Mubarak for the university team

3.Participation in the Organizing team of the ICRC  -Geneva in the Second Regional Moot Court in International Humanitarian law held in Lebanon in the Lancaster Hotel on March 2019

Participants were: Sara kanaan, Reem Araji, Mohammad Jaber, Ruba Bou Khzam and Suzan Bedawi.


The International Association of Universities, created under the auspices of UNESCO in 1950, is a membership-based organization serving the global higher education community through: expertise & trends analysis, publications & portals, advisory services, peer-to-peer learning, events, global advocacy.


IAU aims to be the most representative and influential global association of diverse higher education institutions and their organizations, promoting and advancing a dynamic leadership role for higher education in society.


IAU promotes collaboration among its Members by articulating the fundamental values and principles that underpin the pursuit, dissemination and application of knowledge. The Association advocates for higher education policies and practices that respect diverse perspectives and promote social responsibility. With a particular emphasis on values and leadership, and acting as a forum for sharing and joint action, IAU encourages innovation, mutual learning and cooperation among institutions.


IAU promotes core values among its members and the wider higher education community including:

  • Academic freedom, institutional autonomy and social responsibility locally and globally
  • Cooperation and solidarity based on mutuality of interests and shared benefits
  • Tolerance of divergent opinions, freedom from political interference
  • Equity in access and success in higher education and open access to knowledge
  • Scientific integrity and ethical behaviour as cornerstones of conduct for all stakeholders in higher education
  • Higher education and research in the public interest
  • Quality in learning, research and outreach


IAU works to enhance higher education community’s role and actions in advancing societies worldwide. As a global membership organization, IAU represents and serves the full spectrum of higher education institutions and their associations. The Strategic plan 2016-2020, adopted during the 15th IAU General Conference, in 2016, it deepens IAU’s focus on four key higher education priority themes, while improving support and services to members as well as enhancing their visibility and engagement. Under the current circumstances marked by COVID 19, the IAU strategic plan is extended until 2021.

IAU 4 strategic priorities:

Promoting values-based leadership in higher education

Remaining a leader for inclusive, fair and ethical Internationalization of higher education

Integrating sustainable development fully into higher education strategies

Enhancing the role of technology in higher education

The Center for Learning Innovations and Customized Knowledge Solutions (CLICKS) has been established in response to the significant growth of higher education within the region and the increasing focus of educational institutions to drive academic excellence while remaining competitive through offering creative, customized and on-demand knowledge solutions. CLICKS develops unique expertise in supporting individuals’ academic learning life-cycle from the outset to the post-graduate development phase relying on the latest developments in higher education.

The philosophy of CLICKS is to provide sustainable education through innovative thinking, knowledge customized solutions, effective transfer mechanisms, mentorship and guidance on a continuous basis through partnership and relationship building. CLICKS also places strong emphasis on supporting institutions with internal capability building and with supporting the long term sustainable means for delivering high quality education and offering customized and suitable learning opportunities.


  • To develop and implement pioneering thinking for guiding the future of academic learning.
  • To support academic institutions in the development and effective deployment of strategies, policies and systems that enables the achievement of its intended outcomes and supports its continuous growth.
  • To assist Higher Education Institutions with accreditation and international recognition.
  • To provide institutional support to induce a culture of excellence and encourage the implementation of quality assurance through the academic life-cycle.
  • To support the continuous development of human capital employed in academic institutions at all levels.
  • To provide high quality customized knowledge solutions and services to enable ‘world –class’ positioning.
  • To act as the reservoir for best practice thinking and knowledge transfer in key areas of higher education.
  • To create international networking opportunities, and support the establishment of Centers of Excellence, Consortiums, Partnerships and Cooperation with reputable international organizations and institutions.
  • To facilitate the integration and implementation of technology enabled/enhanced education and assist in building e-learning internal capabilities.

Students Scholarships

The French Embassy in Beirut launched the FORSA program and the SAFAR program to allocate scholarships for students wishing to pursue postgraduate studies Master 2 (one-year duration) and to register a doctoral thesis (3 years duration) in France within the framework of strengthening the university partnership between Lebanon and France, and providing the opportunity to obtain French degrees. (Co-direction) in specialized academic fields.

The Department of Graduate Studies at the Faculty of Law has worked to present files for some students in the master’s and doctoral stages, and the student Muhammad Sarhan and the student Maha Al-Hajj managed to pass the required match and proved their competence through the distinguished level and obtained two scholarships, where the student Sarhan will continue preparing his doctoral thesis in private law and the student Hajj The second phase of the M2 Master in Public Law will be pursued jointly by the University of Montpelier and the Islamic University of Lebanon.

Prof. Dina Al-Mawla, President of the University and Dean of the College of Law, praised the efforts made by the Head of the Graduate Studies Department, Dr. Abbas Jaber, the External Relations Department, and the Coordinator of European Affairs, Mrs. Sylvie Devigne, and praised the academic level the college has reached.

Image – The President of the Islamic University of Lebanon, Prof. Dina Al-Mawla, surrounded by the head of the Graduate Studies Department at the Faculty of Law, Dr. Abbas Jaber, and students Muhammad Sarhan and Maha al-Hajj.}