People remove debris from a house damaged by the Aug. 4 explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon. AP
The Lebanese-Egyptian Business Council and the Beirut Arab University signed on Monday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) providing free Egyptian internships for youth in Lebanese universities, a statement by the university said.
The MoU is meant to provide training for students of mechanical engineering, telecommunications engineering, petroleum engineering and pharmacy.
Students who undergo this internship program will be given priority to work at Egyptian companies, the statement said.
The 45-day program will include a graduation project on an industrial idea that involves Egypt and Lebanon, said Mona Wahba, head of the trade representation office at the Egyptian embassy in Lebanon, according to Egypt’s state news agency MENA.
Wahba said this initiative will start with Beirut Arab University and will then be transferred to other Lebanese universities. The initiative will initially include 40 students in the engineering and pharmacy fields and will then secure training in Egyptian hospitals for students at Lebanese medical and nursing colleges.
“We view Lebanon as an economic partner with whom we can achieve the model of economic and industrial integration,” Wahba added.
The Lebanese-Egyptian Business Council will take care of all expenses of travel, accommodation and training for those involved in the programs, said a statement by the Egyptian embassy in Lebanon.
This MoU represents a “glimmer of hope” for Lebanese students and youth amid these hard circumstances, head of the university Amr Al-Adawi said, affirming that a university degree alone is insufficient for youth to be eligible for work after graduation.
Egyptian ambassador to Lebanon Yasser Elwi also hailed the initiative, saying it reflects 60 years of Egyptian-Lebanese cooperation and aims to enable Lebanon to “restore the pioneering role that it deserves.”