Conventions have been signed between 13 Lebanese Universities and LIRA program to support the industry-oriented projects of PhD and MSc (strategic research projects) and FYP in the purpose of building effective cooperation between industry and academia.

The objective of the agreements is to provide a framework of association and cooperation between the parties in carrying out common activities including:

          Conduct of joint industrial research projects and joint senior year graduation projects as well as suitable MSc and PhD projects between industry and university;

          Performance of feasibility studies whenever needed;

          Exchange of information and expertise;

          Soliciting or providing needed funding for common activities, and relevant conferences and seminars;

          Involvement with other similar parties especially industrial institutions and international organisa-tions with common goals and interests;

          Encouraging industries to allow students into their facilities to gain practical experience and insights into production technology;

          Alignment of academic curricula in the field of Engineering, Sciences and Technology with the needs of Industry and the labor market;

          Participation in fund-raising activities to provide the university laboratories with instruments and supplies needed to perform applied industry-related research.

Universities that officially joined the LIRA consortium to date:

          Lebanese University, on 17/1/2012

          Lebanese American University, on 5/4/2012

          American University of Beirut, on 15/5/2012

          Beirut Arab University, on 15/6/2012

          Saint Joseph University, on 6/7/2012

          Lebanese International University, on 12/7/2012

          Islamic University of Lebanon, on 24/7/201

          Notre Dame University, on 16/10/2012

          Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, on 30/10/2012

          University of Balamand, on 24/04/2012

          American University of Science and Technology, on 06/12/2017

          Rafik Hariri University, on 15/03/2018