AUST had signed, three years ago, six cooperation and exchange agreements with Université Catholique de Lille. The first document signed by President Sakr of AUST and President Georgini of UCL specified the rules and procedures under which the two partners will cooperate. The remaining five agreements were with specific schools and departments which cover practically all majors that AUST offers.
This year, AUST welcomed a delegation from Université Catholique de Lille (France), Dr. Céline Blondeau, Evelyne Litton and Elise Millois, representatives of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Sciences (FGES), Engineering School (ISEN), and the European School of Political and Social Sciences (ESPOL) respectively. The objective of this visit is to get acquainted with AUST and its founders, faculty members and students.
The delegation was welcomed by the President Hiam Sakr, Vice President Dr. Riad Sakr, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Aziz Barbar, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, Dr. Robert Gharios, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Dr. Roger Achkar and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr. Zouhair Attieh at the President’s Office. They were then given a tour of the University.
More than 30 students have benefited from this agreement that has proved its success and benefits; accordingly, the agreement has been renewed.
Another objective of the visit is to prepare for the International Credit Mobility (ICM) Erasmus + Project, and to investigate new tracks of collaboration, such as double degrees, joint research… Both institutions would also like to increase the number of visiting teaching faculties and students in all disciplines.
L’Université Catholique de Lille is a private university that enrolls over 20,000 students and is situated in a region that boasts several universities and research centers with a huge student body of 150,000.
Students wishing to benefit from this opportunity would need to have a good command of the French language in undergraduate courses. Around 50% of graduate courses are offered in English. AUST students desiring to study at UCL will be glad to know that tuition fees compare favorably with that of AUST; of course, the extra costs of room and board will have to be borne by the student.
It is noteworthy to mention that UCL cooperates with Villanova University (USA) with which AUST has a strong relationships, and from which several AUST students have received graduate degrees in Engineering and Computer Science.