The Tempus program supports the EU education programs since 1990: the development and reform of higher education institutions in the partner countries. The aim of the MATRE (Modernizing Academic Teaching & Research Environment in Business & Economics at Lebanon and Syria) project is to create two business centers at Lebanese and Syrian universities to strengthen the funding sources for scientific research supporting networks structure by establishing the network of HE institutions, motivating researcher & linking research to society. This network includes eight EU, Lebanese and Syrian partners.
At 26-27. Apr. 2014 the kick-off meeting of MATRE project was successfully held in Istanbul, Turkey. The Syrian NEO director attended this meeting as well as a guest. It had been decided in this meeting to add Damascus University form Syria in the project consortium. Moreover, planning the next activities in the following months had been initiated and the activities of the first work package had been started to be discussed in the next consortium meeting that will take place in Lebanon at Sep. 2014.