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University of Balamand > Academics > Special Programs > SEED

About the Program

The University of Balamand (UOB) has a community service program built on the philosophy of service learning, a pedagogical method that unites classroom theory with practical work in the community. This Service Experience: Education through Doing (SEED) program constitutes of one credit bearing courses offered at the undergraduate level. Each course is free of charge to all students who wish to engage in community service and gain a meaningful experience from it. The SEED student, a regular BS/BA UOB student, can register a maximum number of three SEED courses [1] - one per semester - adding up to three-free-credits, an equivalent to a regular free elective course (if acceptable within the curriculum of the Department that the student belongs to). The SEED course requests each student to undergo forty hours (40) of community service for each course he/she registers, thereby making available to the wider community the University's numerous resources.

SEED courses provide students with opportunities to use newly-acquired skills and knowledge in real-life situations in their own communities. The SEED program provides structured time for students to think, talk, or write about what they did and saw during the actual service activity. The SEED program promotes citizenship and volunteerism in its students, a fundamental component of the University's mission.

SEED students meet real community needs by taking part in projects proposed by UOB community partners [2] and that is coordinated in partnership with the university. Assessment is based on the evaluation of the community partners to the quality of work and time that the student has provided to the community on the one hand. On the other hand, the students need to submit a report to the SEED office at UOB by the end of the semester. The report is a reflection piece of about 3-4 pages in which the SEED students write about the functions they played, the learning they experienced, the service they provided, the skills they gained and also give their opinions about recommendations for improvement.

Students may join the SEED program for the following reasons:

  • Provide community service: in this respect the student must have the skills (qualified) for the requested project. Such skills need to be assessed by the community partner and the university.
  • Learn a new skill to apply it for community service: in this respect the community partner has to provide the proper training prior to commencing work on the project.
  1. For exceptional cases, such as graduation, a student may register for two SEED courses per semester.
  2. Community partners include NGOs, municipalities, foundations, not-for-profit firms, UOB programs/offices/centers/laboratories etc, which are involved in community services.

Special Programs Director
Dr. Hanna Nakat

SEED Coordinator
Dr. Doris El Murr
Saliba Building room 114
Tel: 06 / 930 250 ext: 2311


Registration in SEED courses
Students may register for a SEED course in the same manner they do for any of their core courses or electives, i.e., through their advisors or their SIS account. Once registered, student are asked to contact the SEED coordinator on​ to discuss and choose their project.
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