LIU Graduation Speech 2021


Refugee Students Operational Support Unit (R-SOS)

Under the patronage of the Minister of State for Displaced Affairs, HE Mr. Saleh Al Gharib, the attendance of the Minister of state for Foreign Trade, HE Mr. Hasan Mourad, and with the presence of the distinguished attendance of the President of the University, HE Mr. Abdel Rahim Mourad, the Lebanese International University Inaugurated the R-SOS Unit as part of RESCUE project which coincided with World Refugee Day. The inauguration was attended by Senior Project Manager for RESCUE Dr. Raniero Chelli of UNIMED, as well as ERASMUS+ Office Lebanon Director, Dr. Aref AlSoufi. The event was enriched with the engagement of Education Council of the University from Vice Presidents, Deans, Academic Directors, lectures and students along with international bodies of UNHCR, and UNRWA.

The main and specific objective of RESCUE is to help the Partner Country Universities in structuring an effective response to this problem by creating ad hoc units (the Refugee Students Operational Support Unit – R-SOS) whose mission is to structure specific services supporting the refugee students in resuming their academic training path. The analysis carried out by the target Universities has shown that each one of them has different approaches and constraints vis-à-vis this problem; therefore, ad hoc solutions must be implemented in each one of them.