Steps

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Step 1: Needs Analysis
A Needs Analysis and Situation Assessment survey will be drafted by the partner institutions and disseminated among all Lebanese partners in order to have a clearer idea of the current situation of Student Empowerment, Engagement and Representation (StEER) at the national-level and to identify the knowledge, needs and expectations of the academic communities (students, professors, employees and governance).
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Step 2: Shadowing and exchange of good practices
In this second work package related the preparation of the implementation of the project, all the universities of the consortium will organize three visits set to take place in the universities of the Programme countries. Two types of activities will take place during these visits: shadowing sessions and meetings for the exchange of good practices. The shadowing visits will aim at visiting the infrastructures in place at the concerned European universities and their functioning. The dates of the visits in the three universities will be decided, as much as possible, depending on the organisation of special events that wold be worth witnessing by the consortium (specific student activities, elections, etc.) The meetings for the exchange of good practices will take place during the same visits, gathering all partners (including representatives of their student bodies) and local stakeholders. During these meetings, all partners will introduce a practice (preferably successful) to the other members of the consortium. These three meetings will each focus on a different topic, so as to avoid redundancies.
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Step 3: Capacity-Building activities
Based on the observations realised during the need analysis, the shadowing visits, and on the willingness of the Lebanese institutions to implement new or to improve existing StEER structures, curricula will be developed and training will take place, to build the capacities, not only of the trainers (staff and professors involved in the StEER teams) but also of the students who will develop these structures and bodies themselves.
For the training of professors and staff, the activities will address topics such as the regulations of StEER on campuses, funding and budgeting, and all topics covered during the shadowing and good practices activities and that need specific trainings and they will take place during two in-person workshops.
One of the objectives of the first workshop will the drafting of a Commitment Pledge for students.
The capacity-building activities for students will take place in Lebanon, first in a joint session for all students involved in StEER teams (during which they will sign the pledges), then through different teaching and learning support, such as a course module taught by a guest lecturer, project-based learning (the students will develop models of structures and bodies) activities developed in each Lebanese partner university, etc.
The curriculum and content of the capacity-building activities for students will then be included in the development of a StEER MOOC that will ensure the proper dissemination of these trainings to students from other institutions, beyond the consortium.
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Step 4: Development of the StEER Structures in the Lebanese institutions and at national-level
In this phase, the teams of students in charge of the StEER on each Lebanese campus and at national-level will be constituted before the trainings. Once they have started the trainings and signed the pledges, they will start developing the structures that best suit their needs and the requirements of their universities.
They will organise meetings and work sessions in cooperation with the trained professors and staff in order to set all dimensions of these structures: priorities, levels of representation and involvement, scope of responsibilities, the designation/voting schemes, programs, calendar of activities, partnerships with stakeholders etc.
The Student Affairs Offices/Services whose staff was trained during the WP3 will work on updating their missions and action plans. For the Institutional Representation Structures (IRS) and Institutional Engagement Bodies (IEB) meetings and discussions will of course take place in presence of representatives of the University governing bodies, to ensure compliance with the pre-existing structures and by-laws, and will be mentored and supported by students from the EU partner institutions.
At national-level, the team will work in coordination with other students, to ensure that the structure developed address the needs and expectations of a majority of Lebanese students. They will also have to work in close collaboration with the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education, which will provide guidance and proper frameworks.
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Step 5: Implementation of Institutional Representation Structures (IRS), Institutional Engagement Bodies (IEB) and National Representation Structure (NRS) pilot activities
Once they have reached the end of their Capacity Building activities and developed coherent action plans and schedules for the development of their StEER structures, the teams in charge of the IRS and IEB within each Lebanese partner institution, and the team in charge of NRS at national-level, will start implementing the planned activities and events. To do so, they will need to ensure the good respect of all indicators set during the development phase (financial indicators, deadlines, participation rates, satisfaction, etc.), the good communication with the institutional and national governing bodies and potential stakeholders, and they will have to commit to the values dictated in the pledges (gender equality, tolerance, diversity, fairness, transparency, etc.)
Follow-up meetings will take place after each activity in order to evaluate their impacts and the respect of all indicators, and improve, if needed, their work on future activities. These evaluation meetings will also be attended by professors and staff involved in the development of StEER on their campuses, who will provide support, guidance and objective comments and reviews of the activities.
Monitoring visits by representatives of the EU partner institutions and the Ministry will also take place to ensure the good progress of this implementation and its impact on the different Lebanese campus-life and youth development.
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