StEER-Leb is in itself student empowerment because it is purely student oriented and focused on improving student life in different communities.
Student representation, empowerment and engagement reflect the healthy behavior that any student must practice in order to prosper and improve his society.
Student representation is the best experience I've ever had. Meeting people, working with them, discussing, arguing, etc. allows me to grow and build my professional ambition.
To be a student representative means to commit, step by step, in achieving concrete results for everyone. Student representatives shall dialogue and collaborate with anyone and rely on mutual dialogue.
Being engaged and using the methods and ideas learned in the StEER-Leb experience will be the key to improve our engagement in our university and later on at the level of our country.
Showing students that they have the means to build their own future opens up a window of hope, bringing fresh new air.
Student representation and empowerment mean having the ability to work towards a brighter future through creating new ways to achieve a collective vision that the youth has for the future.
I call the youth to dare to fight for their rights and oppose any form of patronization. The worldwide students' movement shall prevail!
By participating in the StEER-Leb project, I got to know different perspectives and aspects of student representation and empowerment in European universities and in other Lebanese Universities.
Student engagement to me is all about giving a bit of your time to help others and to discover yourself. Our mission is to represent, defend and to carry the voice of those who have something to say.
StEER-Leb has helped me shape the image of tomorrow’s leaders in my mind. Tomorrow’s leaders are today’s students with a vision of a more unified, cohesive yet diverse society and the key lies in empowering them.
It is quintessential to aim to speak to the whole student body: your audience is the thousands of students within the student body. Collective dialogue is key to a successful message.
Students representatives must hear out both the administration and the students' sides, then think about the most suitable solution, before reacting. The motto a student representative should live by, to fully achieve the purposes of his/her mission is: "Listen... Think? React!"
StEER-Leb encouraged me to work more on the empowerment and representation of students in universities and to be more engaged in student structures and events. I was able to be part of dynamic student debates and capacity building activities.
Our life is a tiny point in the ocean, and there are many waves to face to reach the shore. Here comes the role of a student representative, a captain who is carrying responsibilities of his crew to find any solution during the journey.
My experience in the StEER-Leb project has been extremely enlightening. The comparison of student representation in various universities all across the country has been inspiring. The spirit, dedication, and enthusiasm that I’ve observed have been invaluable both to myself and to the program.
Steer-Leb can give each student the empowerment to create his own dwelling, to be more engaged in university life and to be an active member in the society. Steer-Leb gives each student a tactic for self-development in communication, to understand the relation between beliefs and actions.
Students’ engagement in the political lives of their universities, is the only way to guarantee a fully transparent and fair decisional process that really takes into consideration the needs of everyone. To me, being involved in such discussions means having the freedom to decide about the present and the future.
StEER-Leb showed me that student representation is not only about voicing student concerns or getting to an agreement with the administration, it’s trying to empower and engage them in the university’s decision-making process to build together a sustainable and trustful community open to dialogue and tolerance on campus.
My perception regarding student representation changed as I got to meet students from different universities, countries and cultures! We got to exchange our experiences as student representatives in our campuses and discussed ways to improve the campus life in order to make our universities a second home for students.
Student representation changed my life. The experiences I have lived, the congresses, the parties, all these things have made me grow and improve. Representation has become part of my life. It helped me develop empathy and self-confidence.
StEER-Leb taught us about important methods to be implemented in our universities in order to reach optimal student engagement and a better student life. I also felt that some of our talks helped the European students understand our socio-political and economic systems in Lebanon.
Three factors have helped me in students' representation: being always sincere, empathic and persistent. It is also essential to respect the others' ideologies because the people you represent won’t always think the way you think, so you must keep that in mind.
Student engagement is a way for students to communicate and find more opportunities to work for a better world. I advise students who want to engage in this experience to go for it and raise their voices because there are so many students that need to be motivated. Be their voice, be their inspiration !
A student representative is the voice of thousands of students, all different from each other but with one goal to reach: getting the best out of its university experience. Both students and their representatives must keep this in mind: “We are one and it is with unity that we make real change”.
Each student has his/her own power to implement a change & spread some empowerment. All you have to do is to believe in yourself and encourage other students to share their opinion. Accept everyone as they are, and be a motivator that searches for other people’s skills to build upon them.
Change isn’t easy but it can occur if we take small steps towards a bigger goal everyday. As student representatives, we have a duty towards our country to take those steps and inspire and empower other students to help us in our battle too. The key to success is believing in your cause and committing to achieving it.
In view of the recent events that occurred worldwide and in Lebanon in particular, students representatives are sharing with us their feelings on the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lebanese economic crisis and their campus life and activities. You can discover all their testimonials on the StEER-Leb project YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYvKD0EowNZlUjcuOeU-Rzg