The Department of Media Studies (DMS) at the Faculty of Humanities (FH), Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU), in collaboration with the Secretariat of the National Council for Traffic Safety, organized a crucial activity titled, "Towards Modern Driving Schools."
NDU alumnus Ameen Rouhayem delivered the welcome note. FH Dean at NDU Dr. Kamal Abou Chedid then took the podium to discuss the importance of this event, as it directly relates to service-learning, and he urged that it be added to the curriculum as part of community service. He noted that this project falls in line with the NDU mission to build good citizens.
For his part, National Council for Traffic Safety Assistant Secretary Captain Michel Moutran stressed the importance of academic experts and researchers to stay aligned with innovation. He also noted that building partnerships with academic institutions leads to improved results.
Secretary General of the National Council for Traffic Safety Professor Ramzi Salameh emphasized the need to improve administrative and managerial procedures to make better use of modern technology.
Director General of the Traffic and Vehicles Management Authority Dr. Hoda Salloum discussed the best way to improve Traffic and Road Use Management (TRUM) by installing three electronic message boards in Beirut’s main districts to keep citizens aware of real-time traffic conditions and to provide them with the necessary instructions to ensure their safety.
Finally, DMS Chairperson at NDU Dr. Maria Bou Zeid thanked all those who contributed to launch the campaign. Driving safety films, produced by Division of Audio-Visual Arts (DAVA) students, were also screen during the event.
Guest of honor Voice Kids participant Ghadi Bechara launched the campaign’s slogan: #slowdown.