Solid partnership in technological research
LAU signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the top-tier New Jersey Institute of Technology, establishing collaboration in research.
LAU and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that establishes research collaboration between the two institutions. LAU President Joseph G. Jabbra and Fadi Deek, NJIT provost and senior executive vice president, signed the MOU on June 20 at the Byblos campus.
The agreement allows LAU graduates with a master’s degree to apply for admission to Ph.D. programs offered at NJIT and, after admission, to be co-advised jointly in dissertation research by faculty from both participating institutions. Furthermore, NJIT Ph.D. engineering students will be able to spend up to two semesters at LAU to carry out their dissertation research.
The MOU also seeks to provide opportunities for collaborative research between LAU and NJIT faculty, involving LAU M.S. graduates and NJIT exchange students. Such collaboration is expected to lead to joint research proposals for funding and higher research productivity for Ph.D. students since research expertise, infrastructure, co-supervision and research outputs will be shared.
While this collaboration initially focuses on engineering programs, it paves the way for additional programs.
“It will enable the students to incorporate different approaches to their study and gain the perspectives of more than one academic advisor,” explained LAU’s Dean of the School of Engineering, George E. Nasr. “It will also allow them to enlarge their professional network, which will help them during and after completing their education.”
At the signing ceremony, Jabbra called on NJIT to work closely with dean Nasr, and “find ways to enable access to our students, who are looking to pursue a higher education and who meet all of your institution’s criteria.”
“In the coming stages, I hope we can finalize the establishment of a collaborative Ph.D. program between the two institutions,” he added.
In response, Deek praised the academic excellence of the LAU students registered in Ph.D. programs at NJIT and anticipated full support for LAU students admitted to NJIT programs who are working on projects funded by various agencies, as is the case with currently enrolled students. “We have also started work on establishing a collaborative Ph.D. program. This may eventually lead to a full-fledged joint Ph.D. program which will be truly unique. I look forward to the consolidation of our partnership,” he said.