"NDU helped me to considerably develop my leadership and team building skills, qualifying me to win my spot against other university students in the Middle East Partnership Initiative."
Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) senior Advertising and Marketing student Nour Berbery will be hosted either in Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., USA, or Montana State University, Montana, USA, as part of an exchange program after applying and being selected to represent NDU in the Middle East Program Initiative (MEPI).
The MEPI, a program under the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, works with governmental and non-governmental organizations, private establishments, and academic institutions to support students’ efforts aimed at developing thriving societies.
A total of 240 students applied online to the program. They were required to write essays and send their resumes. Following the shortlisting process, only 40 students were selected and invited for an interview at the U.S. embassy where they were divided into groups of five so that assessors could evaluate their leadership and management skills in the company of others. The groups were given a crisis topic, and they had to find resolutions.
I found out about the program through Antoine Chaccour, a senior Engineering student at NDU who was selected last year. He helped me learn more about the program and how to apply.
Berbery will travel to the U.S. on June 25, 2017, and will return on August 5, 2017.