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Ora Union concluded the Forum of Opportunities and Capacities 2018 at the Forum de Beyrouth (news) with the participation of 225 banking, agricultural, craft and industrial cooperatives, publishing houses, bookshops and universities. The event saw the attendance of over 26 thousand people and the provision of some 2600 jobs in various sectors and included a number of seminars and exhibitions, namely a talk on rural development which focused on organic agriculture, medicinal and aromatic herbs cultivation and subsidized loans and how to benefit from them. On the other hand, the Antonine University faculty of Business Administration distributed prizes among winning students in the entrepreneurship contest, organized in its 6th edition in cooperation with Kafalat and RDCL. Around 180 students partook in the competition presenting 15 projects focusing on the principle of social entrepreneurship and the role of creativity and innovation in bringing about change and community service. Meanwhile, AUB School of Agriculture, organized the Raji & Fawzieh Sinno Promising Leader in Agriculture Award 2018 motivated by the decline in admission to the schools of agriculture in the past few years. To recall, the competition is open to grade 12 students from all public and private high schools to develop projects that present added value, innovative and feasible solutions to the challenges faced by the agricultural sector in Lebanon. (Al Akhbar, An Nahar, Al Diyar, Al Mustaqbal, L’Orient Le Jour, February 24, 26, 27, 2018)

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