In a bid to protect and uphold education in crumbling Lebanon, Qatar has pledged to provide scholarships to the American University of Beirut (AUB) for 400 disadvantaged students living in the crisis-hit country.
This comes as part of a 5-year agreement between Lebanon’s Education Ministry, the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), and the Education Above All Foundation (EAA) in partnership with AUB.
Over the next 4 years, 70% of the students from this program will be Lebanese while 30% will be both Palestinian and Syrian refugees in Lebanon, according to EAA CEO Fahad Al Sulaiti.
In a speech, Lebanon’s caretaker Education Minister Tarek Al-Majzoub welcomed Qatar’s support saying, “In a sea of crisis and rough waves, friends appear as a beacon that spreads hope for salvation.”
“This memorandum aims to contribute to the strengthening of the university education sector in Lebanon, by providing university scholarships for undergraduate and diploma students, covering 400 male and female students,” he said, adding that there will be complete transparency in the implementation of this program.