In an effort to enhance scientific and academic collaboration with private sector institutions and research centers, Al Maaref University (MU) has formalized a partnership with the Scientific Center for Manufacturing and Production (SCMP). The agreement was officially signed at the main SCMP building in Beirut on Thursday, January 18, 2024, with the university president, Professor Ali Alaeddine, and the general manager of the center, Dr. Amin El Sahili, in attendance. The ceremony drew the participation of members of the university council as well as various officials and administrators from both institutions.
The ceremony commenced with a welcoming address from the university president, emphasizing the significance of this collaboration "due to mutual interests that serve the goals of both parties, including research and scientific cooperation, organizing activities, exchanging expertise, training students, imparting new knowledge and skills to them, and encouraging them to engage in creativity and innovation." This translates into the integration of theories and practical experiences, utilizing them in the service of society and meeting its needs on the path to achieving growth and empowerment.
In turn, the general manager of the center commended the university's efforts to establish a research framework in line with developments and to forge agreements with universities, research centers, and companies. He particularly highlighted that "the center's doors are open to all innovative initiatives, and an annual exhibition has been dedicated to encouraging local talents and merging them with national capital ready for intelligent and innovative investment." He highlighted the collaboration with MU, emphasizing its role in attracting promising talents that enrich the community with experiences and creative abilities.
The agreement signing is part of the university's broader initiative to strengthen scientific, technological, and research ties, fostering collaboration. The focus is on facilitating discussions and procedures for detailed programs, reflecting a general path of cooperation. Both parties aim to include specific programs in subsequent subsidiary agreements.
Collaboration includes joint scientific projects, researcher exchange, and sharing of materials. Joint events and workshops for students and professors promote professional development. Teams also collaborate on producing an electric bicycle, conducting joint research and experiments related to the product.
In conclusion, the cooperation agreement was signed, and commemorative photos were taken to mark the occasion.