Lebanon/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.4 Direct professional co-operation

This type of cooperation includes, but not limited to:

Archeological excavation works (in progress since 1998) sponsored by the British Museum, British Academy and British Research Council in Mashreq for the purpose of searching for antiquities that date back to various historical periods 4000-1000 BC.

When the US State Department cancelled its ban on using US passport to travel to Lebanon in 1997, the US Embassy in Beirut began to rebuild its information office and resumed the cultural exchange program between the two countries. In 1999, a US advisor for public affairs was appointed in the country and a US professor joined the staff of the Lebanese University within the Fulbright Program. The American Information Office was also changed was also replaced by the Public Affairs Section.

The past few years witnessed a notable growth in the Lebanese-Italian cultural relations after signing the Cultural, Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreements between the two countries in November 2000, which included Italian as a second language in the curricula of a number of Lebanese secondary schools.

Implement the agreement settled between the Faculty of Architecture in Venice, Byblos University (Jbeil), and Holy Spirit University (Kaslik) in the field of architecture and urban planning, in addition to three other agreements concluded between Milan University's Faculty of Engineering and the American University for Science and Technology (AUST) in Beirut to cooperate in the field of engineering. In 2007, the number of persons enrolled in the Italian language teaching courses reached 1284. 

Chapter published: 07-04-2016