IGE begins a new chapter

IGE begins a new chapter

On November 29, 2022, the Institute of Business Administration (IGE) of Saint Joseph University of Beirut (USJ) inaugurated its new premises and the Culinary Laboratory of its hospitality management program at the Social Sciences Campus, under the high patronage of H.E. Abbas Halabi, Minister of Education and Higher Education, and H.E. Walid Nassar, Minister of Tourism, and in the presence of the Rector of USJ, Prof. Salim Daccache s.j., the Director of IGE, Dr. Céline Boutros Saab, the General Consul for France in Beirut, Julien Bouchard, USJ officials and friends.

For over 40 years, IGE has been offering specialized programs. Today, the institute offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of computer science, marketing, hotel management and the culinary arts.

In 2021, IGE started a new chapter in its history by moving its premises from the Sciences and Technology Campus in Mar Roukoz to the Social Sciences Campus in Huvelin.

IGE also inaugurated its new culinary arts laboratory, dedicated to practical training, with strict compliance with international hygiene and safety standards.

Dr. Céline Boutros Saab, director of IGE, stated: “For over 40 years, IGE has been offering specialized training. The institute will not stop here; it will continue to rise to the challenges we face.”

The fully equipped laboratory is adaptable to all forms of culinary production. It has been specially designed to cater to persons with disabilities.


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Rita Ghantous

Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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