Posted on January 30, 2019
The ‘Coaching Transformation Program’ launches to reinforce the link between academia and entrepreneurship.
The agreement was signed at the Faculty of Economics (FSE) of Saint Joseph University of Beirut (USJ), by Dr. Salim Daccache, Rector of the USJ, and Mr. Maroun Chammas, Chairman and CEO of Berytech.
The program will take place in two phases: The first consists of training sessions given by Berytech to USJ professors, to match them with its portfolio of startups, and the second phase which will include the launch of the Executive Education Program of Coaching by the Faculty of Economics.
The aim of the program is to create a growing community of experienced and competent coaches and advisors within the Lebanese entrepreneurial ecosystem that will assist founders of scalable startups and SMEs to transform their companies and generate a positive social impact while also providing internships opportunities to USJ’s students.
Dr. Joseph Gemayel – Dean of the FSE, Dr. Wajdi Najm – Vice Rector of Administration, Dr. Toufic Rizk – Vice Rector of Academic Affairs, Mr. Fouad Maroun – Secretary General of USJ, and Mr. Constantin Salameh in charge of the program at Berytech, were all present during the signing. Dr. Gemayel confirmed that this program “makes it possible for the professors to bridge the gap between theory and application.”
For his part, Dr. Daccache said that he was proud and happy of the launch of this program, firstly because of its projected positive output; secondly, because the linkage between Berytech and USJ is concretizing and gaining momentum, leading to a better realization of the mission of both institutions; and thirdly because one of the missions of USJ, that of encouraging economic transformation, is crystallized in this project.
Mr. Chammas confirmed that “Berytech is, and will always be, an initiative of USJ, and without the guidance of the previous rectors and the support of Pr. Daccache personally, Berytech would not have radiated as it does today. And I say shine, because indeed in the entrepreneurial space and Lebanese startups, Berytech is a beacon that is established on certain values: good governance, teamwork, innovation and the quality of the finished product that it is delivering. The program reinforces once again the systematic and professional relationship between the academic and professional worlds, with the support of Constantine Salameh, who will help on his part, to concretely establish the link between education and the reality of entrepreneurial life.”