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Experimentig communication as a tool for empowering students associations in Lebanon

(Rome, 19 April 2019) How important is the communication when it comes to students’representation, engagement and empowerment? This question led an interesting debate and oriented the intervention that UNIMED realised within the 1st shadowing visit of the StEER-Leb project.

On the 24- 29  March 2019, a group of students from European and Lebanese universities participated in a shadowing visit under the umbrella of the StEER-Leb project held at Universidad de Cadiz (Spain).

The students and the staff from three Lebanese universities (University of Holy Spirit of Kaslik – USEK, University of Saint Joseph- USJ and the Lebanese American University-LAU) together with colleagues from three European universities (University of Cadiz -UCA, University of Bologna -Unibo and University of Rouen- URouen) met to share their experiences about student representation and learn about new tools to improve in their action.

The students took part in a workshop delivered by UNIMED about communication tools to share the outcomes of the project and promote students activities and associations. It was a moment for them to externalise the challenges, the fears and the ambitons that the students representation have, compare experiences and learn by each other. This visit fostered different learning processes of exchanging perspectives, experiences and paved the way towards enhancing dialogue and promoting student empowerment during the StEER-Leb project.

The StEER-Leb is an Erasmus+ featured project launched in 2018, involving these higher education institutions as partners in a three-years activity aiming at empowering, engaging and promoting students representation in Lebanese Universities. 

The participants had the opportunity to visit UCA students units and learn about students associations. They also met students involved in the SAP (Service for Psychological and Pedagogical Care) and ESN (Erasmus Students Network). After a fruitful debate on student representation, they worked in small groups to identify good practices that could be implemented in Lebanese universities and other shadowing and practical activities are foreseen.

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