Dr. Munir Bashshur
One of the veterans of the AUB faculty, Munir Bashshur joined the University as professor of education in 1964. He had earned both his BA in English literature and his MA in education at AUB and completed his PhD in comparative education at the University of Chicago. He wrote a number of papers for publication and presented at conferences in Lebanon and abroad. He completed a study for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) titled “Patterns of Education in Arab Countries and Their Contribution to Knowledge” which appeared in its Second Arab Human Development Report in 2004. Bashshur’s concern to help improve standards of education in the Arab world has led to his ongoing engagement in a good number of development activities that have involved consultations with education officials in various countries throughout the region, as well as in Lebanon. To cite a few examples, he advised Saudi Arabia on revising its social studies curriculum; studied and evaluated educational conditions in Bahrain; assisted Dubai in establishing a school, including setting its procedures and curricula; and served for three years as a UNICEF consultant to Yemen on enhancing the education of girls in the country’s rural areas. Dr. Bashshur served as the Director of the Division of Education at AUB and other administrative positions in university committees.