Established in 1976, the office of the Vice President for Regional External Programs (REP) was an improvised solution to sustain AUB’s educational and academic mission to its regional stakeholders. In our four-decade journey, REP expanded AUB’s service offerings beyond the educational aspect and established itself as first class consulting services provider benefitting from a world-class individual faculty and staff who are rich in academic credentials, high exposure to industry as well as experienced know-how. As such we are blending the international knowledge with intimate understanding of the cultures at which businesses operate in the region.
Although REP was initially established to provide services to the region, it has always had an extensive presence in Lebanon. In addition, REP manages AUB’s Continuing Education Center (CEC), a community outreach program that upholds AUB’s motto “so that they may have life and have it more abundantly” by extending the resources of the University into the community and region to provide high quality educational opportunities for people of all educational and professional levels.
AUB & REP: A Story of Innovative Excellence
AUB is unique in so many ways. One of the differentiators compared to over 1000 universities in the MENA region is the fact that AUB has an Office of Regional External Programs which represents its consulting and entrepreneurial arm. REP has even played the role of an incubator. For example, all research grants and contracts at AUB were vetted through REP (previously, Research and External Programs) until 2001 which is when OGC was established and dedicated for this purpose.
AUB's fingerprints are all over the region thanks to hundreds of AUB consultants & secondees that helped successfully complete almost 800 projects in four decades with an outreach to nearly 30 countries. We contributed to founding high quality universities and positively impacted higher education in the region through establishing or helping over 27 (MENA) & 39 (Globally) universities in 11 (MENA) & 15(Globally) countries. This includes AUS in Sharjah which now, like AUB, has the same Middle States institutional accreditation. AUS is now one of the best GCC universities. Another example in Lebanon is the Rafik Hariri University (RHU) to which AUB has extended technical support over the past few years. The quality of their graduates is evident from the fact that during the fall 2015 term, 5 out of the 13 that were accepted into the very competitive Electrical & Computer Engineering PhD program at AUB were RHU graduates.
One of the defining features of AUB, distinguishing it from over 1000 universities in the MENA region, is its Office for Regional External Programs (REP), whose achievements the book celebrates for it's 40th anniversary "Four Decades of Transformational Impact". (Download PDF