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CARE leads with others in furthering education policy and practice through applied education research and development in Lebanon and the Arab region.


About us
Since its establishment in 2006, it has succeeded in conducting institutional studies on student enrollment and achievement at NDU, collaborating with other universities in a number of TEMPUS programs, supporting preparations for accreditation, facilitating institutional professional development activities, and leading inter-disciplinary research studies in Lebanon and with other institutions across the region.

The activities undertaken at CARE aim to enhance classroom learning through evidence-based practices and experiences. Thus, the center holds in great value young people’s points of views, wider collaboration with civil society and international institutions and the ongoing construction of knowledge. Through these values, the center promotes interdisciplinary activities; the consultation of young people, students and faculty; and initiatives to provide surrounding communities with opportunities for stability and progress.

CARE has a clear vision to:
  • Lead, collaborate and support in research studies that address the most urgent issues regarding access to and quality of education
  • Enhance the quality of learning and teaching at NDU, other higher education institutions and schools by sharing and disseminating experiences and supporting learning communities through evidence-informed approaches.
  • Engage with civil society in the design and implementation of education development projects to further advance conceptual frameworks and practical approaches to assuring access to quality education.
Letter from the Director
Education research in Lebanon and the region is evermore critical. In times of conflict and reconstruction, government agencies and civil society organizations persistently turn to the provision of quality education as a form of humanitarian aid, an approach to active citizenship and social cohesion, and a human right for children. We continue and must continue to question the extent to which our approaches in developing and facilitating educational programs indeed ensure unconditional access for all, foster democratic and inclusive ways of living, and facilitate higher-order thinking. The Center for Applied Research in Education aims at bringing these questions to action by exploring processes and outcomes of education practice.

Changes and stagnations in Lebanon and the region open countless doors of applied research opportunity. At the government level, the Council of Ministers in 2010 has approved the Ministry of Education and Higher Education’s Education Sector Development Plan, a ten-point national strategy on education reform. Scores of projects funded by national and international organizations are working directly and indirectly on supporting these reform areas, including citizenship education, student retention and teacher professional development.

Initiatives within civil society have aimed at addressing Lebanon’s and the region’s most pressing issues. Some of these include the gridlock of history education reform, enhancement of literacy and creativity through reading, provisions of education for Syrian refugees, use of technology to widen access to underrepresented groups, and extra-curricular activities to bridge communities in tension and conflict.

Over the course of two years from 2014-2016, CARE aims at further developing its institutional capacity to lead with other organizations in enhancing access to safe and effective learning environments, promoting communities of learners among teachers and students and strengthening inter-cultural relations through collaboration.

Bassel Akar, Ph.D.

Director, CARE
Who’s who


Dr Bassel Akar

Research Projects Coordinator

Vera Jabbour

Student Research Affiliate Appointments

Eliane Mouawad (Spring 2014)
Rita Abboud (Fall 2014)
Objectives 2014-2016
CARE has outlined a two-year action plan based on four strategic objectives drawn from: 1) current activities taking place at NDU and within civil society; 2) areas of interest that donors, other research centers and civil society organizations have identified as top priorities; 3) the mission and visions at NDU. These four strategic points are:

  • Leading, collaborating in and supporting education[al] research

    CARE recognizes the progress of a number of fields in education research, namely pedagogical research as methodology, unlocking and forwarding history education development, citizenship education in Lebanon and the Arab region and the provisions of education for refugees. Research activities aim to support priorities recognized by ministries of education and the monitoring and evaluation of intervention projects. CARE also prepares to provide faculty members at NDU open spaces to share and reflect on challenging and successful approaches to research design.

  • Promoting excellence in learning and teaching

    Universities around the world have recently concentrated on establishing centers and programs committed to improving students’ learning experiences and lifelong learning of teaching faculty. CARE proposes to design and lead the Program for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, which aims to continuously enhance the quality of learning in educational settings and continuously develop professionals’ approaches in facilitating effective learning.

  • Collaborating in education development programs

    Civil society is in growing need of expertise to the design, implementation and evaluation of education projects. By providing consultancy services, CARE can also access rich data for analysis and dissemination. CARE can also enrich the field of experts by working closely with the Department of Physical Education, Psychology and Education (Faculty of Humanities) in an M-level continuous education for professionals in education for conflict transformation and peace building projects.

  • Furthering the administrative and institutional capacity of CARE

    It is the long-term vision of CARE to function as a well-resourced and sustainable research centre. In addition to creating the necessary databases and standard operating procedures within NDU administration, CARE will need to build its resources through the continuous award of research grants.
Brown Bag Series

The Center for Applied Research in Education (CARE) introduces two professional development programs as the Brown Bag Series. The Program for Learning and Teaching Excellence (PLaTE) facilitates opportunities for part-time and full-time faculty members to use concepts of learning in higher education when reflecting on their practice and developing their teaching portfolios. The second program, Approaches to Research, provides a critical space for faculty to either start or further develop their research plans and activities.

The Brown Bag Series invites you to bring your lunch and take your practice a few steps further.


Brown Bag Series Summary


Program for Learning and Teaching Excellence

  • Activity 1: Induction (Tuesday, November 18, 2014)
  • Activity 2: Course design and development (Tuesday, December 16, 2014)
  • Activity 3: Active learning (Tuesday, January 13, 2015)
  • Activity 4: Collaborative learning (Thursday, February 26, 2015)
  • Activity 5: Formative and summative assessment (Tuesday, March 24, 2015)
  • Activity 6: Classroom management (Tuesday, April 28, 2015)
  • Activity 7: Graduation day (Tuesday, May 19, 2015).

Developing our Approaches to Research

  • Activity 1: Induction day (Friday, November 21, 2014)
  • Activity 2: Hot topics and grants (Friday, December 19)
  • Activity 3: The literature review (Friday, January 16, 2015)
  • Activity 4: Interviews and conversations (Friday, February 20, 2015)
  • Activity 5: Experiments across the disciplines (Friday, March 20, 2015)
  • Activity 6: Ethics and human subjects (Friday, April 17, 2015)
  • Activity 7: Publication (Friday, May 29, 2015)
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