Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) honored its faculty members on December 6, 2017, at Pierre Abou Khater Auditorium, main campus, for receiving research grants, following the National Council for Scientific Research of Lebanon (CNRS-L) acceptance of proposals submitted by NDU faculty.
A number of high-profile University administrators and guests attended the event, including NDU President Fr. Pierre Najem, Vice-President for Academic Affairs at NDU Dr. Elie Badr, Vice-President for Administration at NDU Fr. Samir Ghsoub, Assistant VP for Research and Graduate Studies at NDU Dr. Ghazi Asmar, CNRS-L Director-General Dr. Mouin Hamze, CNRS-L Grants Program Director Dr. Elise Noujeim, and CNRS-L Director of Doctoral Fellowships Program Dr. Tamara el-Zein as well as Faculty deans and faculty members at NDU.
In his welcome address, Dr. Asmar greeted the guests and called out the names of the recipients of CNRS-L Grants.
For his part, Dr. Badr said, “What is required from the faculty is the effort and passion to produce research proposals.”
Fr. Najem also welcomed the guests and stressed the importance of ongoing initiatives to affording the Faculty the funds to pursue their individual research projects. He said, “We all agree that research is an essential activity in any serious university… That is why we insist on nourishing and supporting this culture of research at our University. This evening’s ceremony is a testimony to the fact that such culture indeed exists and is firmly established at NDU.”
Fr. Najem valued the efforts of Dr. Hamze in managing this topic and hoped that the agreement signed between NDU and CNRS-L would serve to benefit academia and would advance research to a level comparable to that of world-class research institutions. He added, “To our researchers, I say: ‘We are proud of you, keep up the good work!’”
Dr. Hamze highlighted the importance of the CNRS-L Grant Research Program to support and fund excellence in research, which is aimed at working “toward supporting research that enhances capacity building and human resource development, with a focus on collaborations and partnerships.”