NEWPORT, R.I. – Salve Regina University administrators welcomed Rev. Walid Moussa, president, and Dr. Antoine Farhat, vice president of academic affairs from Notre Dame University in Louaize, Lebanon today to discuss development of an ongoing academic exchange.
The visiting academics were hosted by Salve Regina President Jane Gerety and Chancellor M. Therese Antone. They were given a tour of Salve Regina’s campus and attended discussions with Dean de la Motte, provost; Erin FitzGerald, director of international programs, and Jim Ludes, Pell Center director.
Founded by the Maronite Order of The Holy Virgin Mary in 1978 as the Louaize College for Higher Education and later renamed, Notre Dame University-Louaize is a non-profit, Catholic, independent university in Zouk Mosbeh, Beirut, Lebanon that enrolls more than 7,000 students at its main campus and two satellite campuses.
Sister Therese visited the Notre Dame campus in Beirut in 2009 and NDU’s vice president of academic research visited Salve Regina in 2010.
These meetings resulted in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in July 2010 encompassing proposed cooperation in the areas of student, faculty and staff exchange, joint sponsorship of study tours/conferences, and joint research projects- especially around the topics of water management, migration and social and economic issues.
Photo Caption: Erin FitzGerald, director of international programs, gives a tour of Salve Regina’s campus to Rev. Walid Moussa, president, and Dr. Antoine Farhat, vice president of academic affairs at Notre Dame University in Louaize, Lebanon.