BEIRUT – During the meeting of the Association of Lebanese Business People in the World (RDCL World), HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, founder and chairman of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Global (TAG.Global) launched an initiative to establish an integrated high-speed network to connect all universities and research centers in Lebanon. 

The initiative aims at enhancing cooperation among researchers and academics at the national and global levels. It also aims at providing high-speed access to knowledge and computing resources available at international research and education networks.

The meeting was attended by presidents and representative of Lebanese universities and members of RDCL World’s Board of Directors and Advisory Council. Dr. Fouad Zmokhol, Chair of RDCL World, stated that the world is rapidly evolving, stressing the need to transform from a traditional economy to a more creative economy.  

He pointed out that learning has become an important aspect of living and it is about viable methods of teaching other knowledge, passing expertise, and providing secrets for success. The objective is to become more productive and creative and that individual learning is not effective any more. Only through teamwork and collective learning, we can be efficient in our business. 

For his part, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh said: “The Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN) has been launched in 2010 at the League of Arab States, with an objective to connect the Arab National Research and Education Networks in the context of EUMEDCONNECT and AFRICACONNECT projects that are co-funded by the European Commission in an effort to provide high-speed networks for connecting universities and Arab research institutions”.

He also added that “ASREN provides a number of services for education and research communities to enable them to cooperate and access resources and data repositories that are available on global research and education networks.” 

According to Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh, high-speed networks emerge to provide widely-used platforms embracing Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies that improve Internet access and support technological innovation as a means for wealth creation and economic prosperity in the Arab countries. 

Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh concluded by underlining the aim of establishing the Lebanese Research and Education Network which is to facilitate communication and interaction between universities, educational institutions and scientific research centers in Lebanon to support research and academic community in the country, and to connect this national network with regional and global specialized networks.