FAFS held a two-day virtual kick-off meeting (February 11-12) to launch a three-year joint project: the Global Supply Management for the Southern Mediterranean (GLOB-SM), co-funded by Erasmus Plus Capacity Building in Higher Education. AUB, led by FAFS with MSFEA collaboration, received a 746 281€ grant to develop and implement the first graduate program in the MENA region focused on global supply chain management with tracks in Food Supply Chain Management, Maritime, and Humanitarian Logistics. Together, AUB and partner institutions will catalyze capacity development in global supply chain management to serve the needs of the region, educate future leaders, and develop agents of change needed to address current regional challenges. The partner institutions will leverage the project on a larger scale, engaging national and regional governments and decision makers.
The meeting gathered representatives from the national, regional, and international consortium partners, with the participation of Director of NEO-Lebanon: Dr. Aref Alsoufi. In his opening note, FAFS Dean Rabi Mohtar expressed enthusiasm to be one of six international and regional partners (Kedge Business School, University of Antwerp, Saint Joseph University, Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Talal Abu Ghazaleh University College For Innovation) to launch this unique graduate program, which is of great relevance to capacity building, both in Lebanon and the region. During the two-day meeting, the consortium launched project activities through presentations and discussions of the three-year scope of work, and conducted workshops on the deliverables and activities of the project's work packages and management processes.