Middle East University Increases Enrollment Despite COVID-19 and Economic Crisis
20 October 2020 | The Adventist university in Beirut, Lebanon, announced increased enrollment for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
An ANN news story points out the growth for Middle East University (MEU) comes despite an economic crisis in the country as the local currency lost 80% of its value over the last several months.
COVID-19 and related lockdowns worsened the economic situation in the country. In addition, the August 4 Beirut port explosion killed 200 people, injured 6,500 and made 300,000 homeless.
To help students afford enrollment, MEU decided to allow Lebanese students to pay for their schooling in Lebanese pounds at last year’s rates. This made it significantly more affordable to attend MEU over other local universities that charged tuition in US dollars or Lebanese pounds at the current rate.
In addition, Lebanese students with a strong academic background that experienced financial challenges were offered highly reduced tuition costs.
This fall 152 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree studies at MEU, up 6% from the 144 students last fall.
Students of 31 nationalities enrolled at MEU this fall.