The Lebanese American University (LAU) and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that establishes research collaboration between the two institutions. LAU President Dr. Joseph Jabbra and Dr. Fadi Deek, NJIT provost and senior executive vice president, signed the MOU June 20, 2017 on LAU’s Byblos campus.
Graduates from the Lebanese American University with a master’s degree will be able to apply for admission in Ph.D. programs offered at NJIT, and after admission by NJIT, will be able to be co-advised jointly in dissertation research by faculty from both participating institutions. This collaboration will initially focus on engineering programs and paves the way for additional programs.
The second objective of the MOU was to enable NJIT Ph.D. engineering students to spend up to two semesters at LAU to carry out their dissertation research. The MOU seeks to provide opportunities for collaborative research between LAU and NJIT faculty, involving LAU M.S. graduates and NJIT exchange students. Such collaboration is expected to lead to joint research proposals for funding and higher research productivity for Ph.D. students since research expertise, infrastructure, co-supervision and research outputs will be shared.
At the signing ceremony, Dr. Jabbra called on NJIT to work closely with LAU’s dean of the School of Engineering to “find ways to enable access to our students, who are looking to pursue higher education and who meet all of your institution’s criteria.”
“In the coming stages, I hope we can finalize the establishment of a collaborative Ph.D. program between the two institutions,” he added.
In response, Dr. Deek praised the academic excellence of the LAU students currently enrolled in Ph.D. programs at NJIT and anticipated full support for LAU students admitted to NJIT programs who are working on projects funded by various agencies, as is the case with currently enrolled students. “We have also started work on establishing a collaborative Ph.D. program. This may eventually lead to a fully-fledged joint Ph.D. program which will be truly unique. I look forward to the consolidation of our partnership,” he said.