Welcome to the latest new born of the Faculty of Business and Management.
After finishing my studies and beginning my career as a strategist of the dealing room of HSBC Paris, I realized that there is a big gap between the theoretical knowledge given at a university and the real needs of the financial sector, and especially financial markets. To reduce this gap, I considered that it is important to build a bridge to connect the academic and the business worlds by equipping the students with new practical tools that can be a value-added to them once they apply for a job.
Besides, I was aware that acquiring economic and financial data is no longer a problem today, when considering the overflow of statistics and indicators that the international investors are facing. The problem now is one of analyzing this data.
I discussed my ideas with many universities and banks, and after receiving the full support of Dr. Karim Nasr, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Management of the University of Balamand (UOB) and Mr. Walid Raphael, Deputy Manager of Banque Libano-Française (BLF), I returned to Lebanon to build this bridge. This bridge is the Economics and Capital Markets Research Center of the University of Balamand; a Banque Libano-Française partnered initiative, which was officially inaugurated on December 17, 2007.
Our main goal is "MAKING SENSE OF DATA" in order to help investors and students see deeper, understand more and act with confidence.We want this Center to be a cornerstone towards striving for excellence.I invite you to visit our website and have a look at our publications. We will be honored also if you want to visit our center and discuss with us directly.
Paul DouaihyDirectorEconomics and Capital Markets Research Center