Balamand University – Lebanon

Chair holder: Prof. Dr. Berj HATJIAN
Full Chair title: UNESCO-Cousteau Ecotechnie Chair for Policy Making, Education, Technical Assistance and Research for Sustainable Ecological Development: A Resource Centre


Address: Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Balamand St. George Health Complex PO Box 166378, Achrafieh Beirut 1100 2807 - LEBANON
Telephone: +(961-1) 58 57 00 / 58 17 00 - Ext. 33 97 / 8
Fax: +(961-1) 56 21 10
Web site:
Other contact person: Dr. Nadim Karam, Vice-President; Dr. George Nahas, Vice-President
Date created: 2001

The Balamand University Ecotechnie Chair, established in 2001, aims at catalyzing the exchange of information and know-how related to the sciences of ecology, environmental health and sustainability among researchers, students, policymakers and other stakeholders.

The Chair is involved in the three year B.Sc. Program on Public Health and Development Sciences. This Program prepares young professionals to take on leading roles in the health, environment and social welfare development sectors. A program on Eco-Management: Clean Technology and Pollution Control is being prepared in collaboration with the Sustainable Business Associates and the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne (Switzerland), and ,the Developing Environmental Leadership Towards Action DELTA (Lebanon). These courses, which will enhance the exchange of know-how and experience between Swiss and Lebanese professionals, aim at promoting the concepts of eco-management and sustainable development.

The Chair supports a continuous dialogue with executive and legislative government agencies and assists in the development of integrated approaches to environmental education and the creation of eco-jobs. The Ecotechnie Chair at Balamand University participates in the activities of the Arab Region Ecotechnie Network (AREN) for the exchange of information among researchers, decisionmakers and students.