Lebanese Industrial Research Achievements (LIRA)
Our mission is to build effective cooperation between the industrial and academic sectors in Lebanon, through addressing the research and development needs of the Lebanese industries, in order to academically empower the industrial sector with innovations leading to the promotion of competitiveness and productivity
Since its inception in 1997, and under the governance of the Ministry of Industry, the Association of Lebanese Industrialists, the National Council for Scientific Research, and Bank Du Liban, LIRA program has managed to provide researchers in universities and vocational schools with career opportunities that suit their capabilities and potential. Furthermore, the program has brought about a great achievement for the national industrial sector by increasing its competitiveness,creating higher added value products, developing production lines, and by introducing locally made low cost high-tech production equipment.
LIRA brings together academic and industrial expertise, providing an opportunity for industry and academia, both public and private, to meet and exchange their research findings. The first Conference and Exhibition in 1997 showcased applied research output that had been accomplished in a collaborative effort between industry, academia and vocational schools. Ever since, the projects and products exhibited annually are subjected to rigorous scientific evaluation, where excellence in applied research is rewarded.In 2016, LIRA initiated a fund for further supporting the costs of industrially oriented projects undertaken by academics. This encouraged technological innovation for the purpose of upgrading production processes,creating jobs compatible with the ambitions and capabilities of our graduates, and incubating new ideas that may be turned into start-up businesses, many of which are directly sponsored by industrialists. LIRA’s annual Conference & Exhibition showcases the contribution to the creation of new production lines in several factories and even to the launch of new technical firms as well as to improved university engineering and science course offerings.
These encouraging results of the past years increased, on one hand, the confidence amongst Lebanese industrialists in the potential of the young local graduates in the fields of Engineering and Science, and on the other, the confidence amongst the young generation in the local industry. Industrialists have become aware of the importance of enhancing the capabilities of research labs in universities. Along the same lines, engineering schools became equally aware of industrial requirements and began revising their curricula for the aim of attaining more industry-oriented research. Together, this new paradigm has been the driving force behind creating a general atmosphere of synergy and cooperation between industry and academia on the national level.
The main objectives of LIRA are as follows:
1. Encourage industrial-academic cooperation towards building a knowledge-based economy
2. Match university research activities with industry needs
3. Seek industrial sponsorship for proposed university projects
4. Offer a national platform for potential new products and services
5. Help engineering and science students develop their research and projects output into industrial-quality prototypes at minimum cost
6. Provide industrial training, especially on new technologies and mould manufacturing, tofresh graduates and engineers
The instruments to help achieve the above are:
• An annual Conference and Exhibition for Research Achievements (LIRA Forum)
• Regular contact with industrialists and universities to help match research with industrial needs through the LIRA Office in the Ministry of Industry
• Activities implemented to promote university-industry coordination