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The BCBCB is a consortium of six international universities located primarily in the Middle East.  This collaboration of international universities actively pursues interdisciplinary collaborative research projects across all fields of inquiry as well as bilateral and trilateral initiatives.  The Consortium’s emphasis is on collaborative initiatives and partnerships between and among the universities fostering research, faculty and student exchanges, teaching, and university activities.   

The BCBCB Consortium initiated its collaboration in 2001.  In March 2007, the collaboration was formalized through an agreement signed by the Presidents, Chancellors, and Provosts of the five partner universities in Cairo.  In 2012, all five universities renewed the agreement, and did so once more for five years in March 2014 at a BCBCB meeting in Dubai.  In 2015, the American University of Sharjah joined as the sixth member of the Consortium leading to the re-signing and extension of the Consortium to 2020.

The BCBCB Consortium’s name comes from the acronym for the American University of Beirut; the American University in Cairo; the Lebanese American University in Beirut; the University of California, Davis; and Birzeit University in Palestine.

The Consortium was founded and is chaired by Dr. Suad Joseph, Distinguished Professor and Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor at UC Davis.                    


Chancellors, Presidents and Steering Committee members at a BCBCB Steering Committee meeting in Dubai in October of 2015.  

Back row from left to right: Khaled Assaleh, Fuad Hashwa, Joanna Rogulska, Chancellor Bjorn Kjerfve, Suad Joseph, Chancellor Linda Katehi, Henry Jaqaman, Provost Sherif Sedky, Faris Saeed, Nawar Golley, Hala Muhtasib, Mr. Saeed.  Front row from left to right: Tim Rogmans, President Joseph Jabbra, Bryan Jenkins, Wassim Adlouni, President Abdul Latif Abu Hijleh, Dave Lawlor, Ehab Abdel-Rahman, Emile Samarah, Phil Dunn.

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