On 16 March 2018, 11 University of Balamand electrical and computer engineering students toured INDEVCO business units: Unipak Tissue Mill and UNIPAK in Halat, Phoenix Machinery and Energy in Safra, as well as Sanita and Masterpak in Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon. The tour familiarized students with INDEVCO’s core values, local manufacturing operations, product range, target sectors, and machinery.
Dr. Chafic Mokbel, Professor of Computer Engineering at UOB, and INDEVCO Recruitment Unit accompanied the students during the corporate visit.
INDEVCO’s Industry-University Relations’ initiative connects students and INDEVCO companies to encourage learning opportunities for scholars in all fields.
UOB Engineering Student Testimonials
Participating students described,
“My site visit to INDEVCO Group exceeded my expectations. I learned that the industry in Lebanon is larger than expected and we are more powerful in each field than shown.”
“The INDEVCO tour taught me more about the different companies in Lebanon. The tour was very beneficial. It showed us many production lines from raw materials to final products.”
“The visit to INDEVCO was educational. It was interesting to get to know the different sectors the company works in and the values of the company.”
“The visit was much more interesting than we expected. The most important thing is that we got to see the real process of work and how amazing is your company and how professional you are.”
“We got to see that the work in each company of INDEVCO group is very professional and well organized.”
“So about INDEVCO, I think it was a good opportunity to know the company more. Everyone was helpful and welcoming. It was a day full of information.”
“I found the trip to INDEVCO to be a great learning experience. The site visit allowed us to see the different roles and functions of each sector and how they all function together as one.”
As a diversified manufacturing group, INDEVCO’s Industry-University Relations Initiative provides support for public and private universities, faculties, and students. The initiative aligns with UN Sustainable Development Goal 4, which ensures inclusive and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all.
In 2016, the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region had the highest youth unemployment in the world, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). With major manufacturing operations in this region, INDEVCO engages heavily with universities in Lebanon, taking on leadership positions on boards of trustees and advisory boards, as well as offering internship programs that equip students with skills needed for employment in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal SDG4 (Target 4.4) and quality jobs consistent with SDG8 (Target 8.6). INDEVCO also supports the Georges N. Frem Foundation Rural Transport Program which busses students from villages to Lebanese Universities and Dekwaneh Technical Institute.