It is with great pleasure we announce that Cleveland State University, USA and the Asher Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (ACIE) at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK), Lebanon proudly present the International Applied Research Symposium entitled: The Transforming Power of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem – Lessons Learned.

This event, which is first of its kind, will be taking place on November 6 & 7, 2017 at USEK, Lebanon.

Call For Papers

In today’s innovative economy, applied research is increasingly becoming key to connecting and feeding industries and institutions especially in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship where theory and practice intersect.

Moreover, many countries, especially developing ones, hope to obtain competitive edge through innovation and to strengthen their economies through encouraging entrepreneurship and building the necessary ecosystem.

This Applied Research Symposium will bring together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers from around the globe to debate the emerging challenges and long-term solutions affecting technology, innovation, sustainability of global talent and business industries in our globalized economies.

Given the importance of these fields for national/regional economic growth, we are delighted to invite you to submit an abstract or paper, based on the topic you find suitable in the attached document.

Scholars in U.S.A
Submit papers to:

Dr. Raj G. Javalgi
Associate Dean
Professor of Marketing and International Business
Monte Ahuja College of Business
East 18th Street, Euclid Avenue, BU 415 Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Scholars in the Middle East & Europe
Submit papers to:

Dr. Tina Habib
Chairperson – Marketing Department Faculty of Business & Commercial
Sciences Holy Spirit University of Kaslik
Kaslik Main Road
P.O. Box 446, Jounieh, Lebanon


A $150 registration fee for speakers must be made on either the CSU or USEK website, which will be shared with you at a later date. The registration fee includes:

  • Transportation from the hotel to USEK;
  • Coffee breaks;
  • Lunch and reception dinner on the 6th of November;
  • Site visits to entrepreneurial locales on the 7th of November.

The conference program along with the listings of all sessions, including all special events and activities will be available once the official registration has been announced.


Flight reservations are to be booked separately. All hotel arrangements can only be done after registration.

Le Royal Hotel – Dbayeh (Distance by car: 15 min from main campus)

Double Standard Room
Rate: 160.00 USD + 10% VAT (including breakfast)

Reston Hotel – Jounieh (Distance by car: 10 min from main campus)
Single Standard Room
Rate: 65.00 USD + 10% VAT (including breakfast)

Double Standard Room
Rate: 70.00 USD + 10% VAT (including breakfast)


The Lebanese visa can be obtained at Rafic Hariri International Airport (Beirut) for most countries/nationalities. For other countries where visas are required, they must be obtained at (local) Lebanese embassies. The latter procedure requires up to fifteen days. For visa information, please check the following useful website (in Arabic, French and English):

Lebanon Tourist Information:

Time Zone: GMT + 2
Dialing Code: + 961
Telephone Area Code: 09
Electricity: 220V
Currency: Lebanese Lira – 1 USD = 1500 LBP, 1 Euro = 1650 LBP
Credit cards and American dollars are widely accepted at hotels and restaurants.