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Dr. Léa Yahchouchi Abi Chaker

Ph.D | Chairperson - International Relations 

Faculty of Business and Commercial Sciences, at The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik - USEK, Lebanon

 

Holder of a PhD in “Speech and Language: description, theory and transmission” from the University of La Sorbonne - Nouvelle (Paris 3), Léa Yahchouchi Abi Chaker is an Assistant-Professor at the Faculty of Letters and  at the School of Business of The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK). She is also the International Relations Chairperson at the School of Business. She has to her credit several translations with academic institutions and multinational corporations. She is the author of a book entitled “Une recherche éperdue de la Mère: trois figures de la production romanesque contemporaine, » published by PUSEK.

 

How does the business school constitute an important resource in support of the development of companies and organizations in the region?

Students at the School of Business are a substantial asset for domestic organizations.

With several family-owned businesses, SMEs and international companies that proliferate in the demographically populated capital of Beirut and the area of Mount Lebanon, the School of Business is a key provider of skilled and qualified managerial resources.

 

Having tailor-made programs that encompass a growing number of specialized courses that are essential to the economic prosperity of the region, the School provides a number of part-time Master’s programs made available for the personnel of local companies. Pertinent examples would be the Financial Engineering and the Banking Operations and Management Masters.

 

The relevance of these programs lie in the business sectors they cater to, as the Lebanese banking industry has been internationally known for its resistance during the harsh economic distress. 

Furthermore, the School has established intrinsic links of collaboration with national and international enterprises and institutions. In order to strategically administrate these partnerships that revolve around events, research collaboration, recruitment of graduates, participation of visiting professionals in the classroom and consulting activities, a Corporate Relations unit has been put into place. Being at the core of the image the School wants to diffuse, this Unit is set to explore further strategic alliances in the near future.

 

How do you define the University’s social mission and CSR ethical dimension when it comes to raising awareness among students? How does it contribute to raising the leaders of tomorrow?

 USEK, the first university to become carbon-neutral in the region, is keenly aware of the ethical dimensions of CSR and is active both in raising awareness among staff and students and in taking concrete action to put part of the principles into practice.

 

There are a series of policies to position USEK as a model of environmental responsibility including energy efficient buildings on campus and a sustainable procurement project. To support this cause, CSR concepts and ethical behaviors have been incorporated in a large portion of the curriculum of the School of Business. In addition, high-level international colloquiums, such as the hosting of the 2nd Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), are organized on a regular basis.

 

The School of Business is firmly committed to CSR; its mission statement highlights its objective of educating “a new breed of socially responsible managers”, enabling future leaders with sound ethics and concerns for CSR practices.

 

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