Who We Are
Since its inception in 1997, and under the governance of the Ministry of Industry, the Association of Lebanese Industrialists, the National Council for Scientific Research, and Bank Du Liban, LIRA program has managed to provide researchers with career opportunities that match their capabilities and potential. Furthermore, the program has brought about a great achievement for the national industrial sector by increasing its competitiveness, creating higher added value products, developing production lines, and by introducing locally made low cost high-tech production equipment.
LIRA brings together academic and industrial expertise, providing an opportunity for industry and academia, both public and private, to meet and exchange their research findings. The first Conference and Exhibition in 1997 showcased applied research output that had been accomplished in a collaborative effort between industry and academia. Ever since, the developed projects and products have been exhibited annually after being subjected to rigorous scientific evaluation, and rewarded for excellence in applied research. In 2016, LIRA initiated a fund for further supporting the costs of industrially oriented projects undertaken by academics. This encouraged technological innovation for the purpose of upgrading production processes, creating jobs compatible with the ambitions and capabilities of our graduates, and incubating new ideas that may be turned into start-up businesses, many of which are directly sponsored by industrialists. LIRA’s annual forum showcases the contribution to the creation of new production lines in several factories and even to the launch of new technical firms, as well as to improved university engineering and science course offerings.
These encouraging results of the past years increased, on one hand, the confidence amongst Lebanese industrialists in the potential of the young local graduates in the fields of Engineering and Science, and on the other hand, the confidence amongst the young generation in the local industry. Industrialists have become aware of the importance of enhancing the capabilities of research labs in universities. Along the same lines, engineering schools became equally aware of industrial requirements and began revising their curricula for the aim of attaining more industry-oriented research. Together, this new paradigm has been the driving force behind creating a general atmosphere of synergy and cooperation between industry and academia on the national level.