Shamaa Conference

Graduate and Postgraduate Conference 2013

"Graduate and Postgraduate Programs in Education in Arab Universities: Quality and Added Value"

November 1 & 2, 2013

Lebanese American University (LAU)


Under the patronage of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Lebanon, the conference titled "Graduate and Postgraduate Programs in Education in Arab Universities: Quality and Added Value" is co-organized on the 1st and 2nd of November 2013, by the Arab Educational Information Network - Shamaa and the Lebanese Association for Educational Studies (LAES) and hosted by the Lebanese American University.


The conference's objective is to provide a platform for educational researchers to present their perspectives on the current state of research studies in graduate programs in education and to raise questions regarding the quality of these studies. Papers presented will be subject to peer review process to be eligible for publication in the refereed conference proceedings.

We hope that the conference and its proceedings would highlight the current trends and issues in educational research at the graduate and post graduate levels in the Arab world, and would contribute to further developing their development.

Your participation is highly appreciated,
The Organizational Committee


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Date and Venue


Friday November 1 from 9:00 am to 18:00 pm
Saturday November 2 from 9:00 to 13:30 pm



Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon

Supporters & Sponsors

Under the Patronage of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Lebanon



Lebanese American University (LAU)

An engraved stone in Beirut's city center reads: "Site of the first edifice built in the Turkish empire for a girls school. "It refers to the American School for Girls (ASG), established in Beirut in 1835 by American Presbyterian missionaries. In 1924, ASG started a two-year junior college curriculum that was mandatory at the time for young women wishing to pursue bachelor’s degrees at AUB.

In 1927, this program became known as the American Junior College for Women (AJCW) and was transferred to Ras Beirut. Six years later it moved to what is now LAU's Beirut campus. In 1948–49 the AJCW program was expanded under the name Beirut College for Women (BCW). In 1950, it was granted a provisional charter by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and authorized to bestow the Bachelor of Arts degree requiring a four-year course and the Associate in Arts and Associate in Applied Science degrees for a two-year course. In 1955 the Board of Regents granted BCW an absolute charter with all its rights and privileges, including the authority to also hand out the Bachelor of Science degree.

In 1970 another milestone was reached when the Lebanese Government officially recognized BCW's B.A. and B.S. degrees as equivalent to the national Licence. Having accepted men into some programs, the college changed its name to Beirut University College (BUC) in 1973. In 1985, the Board of Regents amended the charter to allow for the establishment of two additional branch campuses. In October 1991 classes started in the newly built campus at Blat overlooking Byblos. It was officially inaugurated on July 16, 1992.

According to a BUC Board decision, the institution became a university in October 1992. In 1994, the Board of Regents in New York approved BUC's request to change into the Lebanese American University (LAU). In June 2009, LAU's expansion into the field of medical education was buttressed by the acquisition of a majority shareholder position in the University Medical Center–Rizk Hospital (UMC-RH).


UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States

UNESCO Beirut is the Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States. It serves 18 UN Member States in the Arab Region, as well as the Palestinian Autonomous Territories.

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Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO (LNCU)

The Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO is a national body that liaises between the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Arab League Educational Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) and the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures (ALF) on one side, and the national official departments and Lebanese civil society on the other, in the areas of education, sciences, culture and communication.

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A Dynamic Bank
BankMed's role in financing commercial, industrial, and contracting activities has contributed to the growth of these sectors and the resurgence of the Lebanese economy since 1990 and placed the Bank in the position of market-leader in corporate banking.Recently, BankMed has focused on enhancing its Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) business, which is an increasingly important segment of the Lebanese economy.Alongside the well-established corporate business line, the Bank has significantly boosted its retail banking operations. In addition, brokerage and investment banking services have been introduced to meet growing client and investor demands.

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Who Should Attend

  • Professors of education in the Arab world.
  • Students of education in Arab universities.
  • People interested in programs of education in the Arab world.



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