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Office of Research and Graduate Studies

The office of Research and Graduate Studies was created at the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year. It is managed by the Assistant Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies (AVPRGS), who is responsible for developing and managing the research environment and activities, and enhancing the production of quality research by faculty, and graduate students as well as involving undergraduate students into the research experience at NDU.

The responsibilities of the AVPRGS include the supervision of the Research Centers (RC’s) at NDU (the description of each RC may be found on the NDU website under Research-Research Centers:,, and Supervision entails ensuring that the RC’s carry out research activities in the fields of their specialties for the benefit of the society they are expected to serve, and for the advancement of their fields of research. The AVPRGS responsibilities also comprise the management of research funds, including their proper allocation, the processing of applications for travel requests, course release, and any other research-related requests. In addition, the AVPRGS acts as the administrator in charge of liaising, on behalf of the University, with national and international research organizations, and initiating joint research ventures with these organizations. Furthermore, the AVPRGS is a permanent member of the University Research Committee (URC) and the University Graduate Committee (UGC) within which the AVPRGS ensures that all research work and graduate programs are in line with the University mission, vision and core values.

For more information, please contact the Office of the Assistant Vice - President for Research and Graduate Studies: Dr. Ghazi Asmar (Ext. 2983), email: or Mrs. Theresa Bassil-Bou Zgheib (Ext. 2501), email:

NDU Membership of the ‘Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)

NDU became an associated member of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, on December 8, 2016.


AUF is an international association of higher education institutions and scientific research centers from around the world that use the French language. The organization has a network of 62 offices, branches and digital campuses in 40 countries.


To become a member of the , candidates have to satisfy a number of criteria regarding the quality of teaching, the degrees offered and the qualifications of faculty members, to name a few.


NDU’s AUF membership has enabled our faculty members and students to benefit from and participate in research ventures with other AUF member institutions.  In addition, faculty, students and staff have many opportunities offered to them in terms of conference participation, and enrollment in seminars and training sessions.


All at NDU are encouraged to visit the AUF website at




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