Near East Foundation at AREC

Dr. Charles Benjamin, President, Near East Foundation, the Foundation’s board members, and Rabih Shibli, Director, Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service (CCECS) at AUB, visited AREC (November 4, 2018).


The guests were welcomed by AREC Director, Dr. Mustapha Haidar, who offered a 30 minutes presentation highlighting AREC’s mission and function as a center for teaching, research, training, and outreach. Dr. Haidar discussed potential sustainable projects that ​could benefit both the Syrian refugees and the farmers in the AREC area. The visitors toured the c​enter, seeing classes, guesthouses, animal barns, vertical agriculture system, aquaculture unit, and saffron harvesting.​​