Ziade explained that many of his fellow graduates want to come back to Lebanon but there is a lack of opportunities or the salaries do not match what they make abroad. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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An association of highly educated engineers is working on stemming the brain drain in Lebanon and bringing back some of its brightest minds. The Lebanese Association of Engineers of the French Grandes Ecoles (ALIGEF), an association of alumni from France's Grandes Ecoles, is building partnerships with Lebanon's top companies to help their fellow Lebanese alumni who are currently working abroad find opportunities in Lebanon. According to Ziade, only a few hundred students are accepted into the Grandes Ecoles out of 7,000 to 8,000 applicants.ALIGEF was started in 2001 to bring together the engineering graduates of these schools and to aid them with networking, like many alumni groups.Ziade has attempted to accelerate that with this new initiative.Ziade recommends that they get experience abroad before returning to Lebanon.
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