Mustapha Jazar

Ashoka Fellow
Tripoli, Lebanon, Middle East North Africa
Fellow Since 2016

Through LASeR, Mustapha is creating a process that recruits the best talents from societies where institutions cannot do it themselves, and focuses these talents on addressing their societies’ biggest issues and opportunities. Hence, Mustapha effectively addresses the problem of brain drain throughout the Levant.

Related TopicsChildren & Youth, Education / Learning

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This profile was prepared when Mustapha Jazar was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2016.
The New Idea
Mustapha started the Lebanese Association for Scientific Research (LASeR), to promote research, and later employment opportunities, for graduate students studying pressing societal problems in Lebanon. In addition to empowering the graduates to study, pursue, and solve societal problems, Mustapha aims to change the social dynamics of Lebanese society by challenging the monopoly and centralization of the education system, currently based on religious sectarianism rather than merit. Mustapha is promoting social cohesion by challenging religious sectarianism while changing the nature and ability of the market to accommodate and be influenced by graduate research and its findings. His project also allows everyone to be a changemaker by localizing the opportunities for graduate research, and in turn allowing students to participate in changing their country’s social dynamics and pursue existing societal problems.

Through public-private and local-global partnerships, Mustapha enables local universities and NGOs to become active agents in entrepreneurial education and activity where marginalized youth are encouraged to bring about their innovative solutions. Mustapha is aggregating marginalized talents in the higher education system in order to empower them to make themselves and society better off. He is linking their talents to the market, countering the current system of monopolization and raising a generation of young adults who give scientific research a new, active, and practical meaning. Mustapha’s selection process is based on merit while utilizing the failed institutions to not only enable the dynamic, local markets but also effect change in society.

Mustapha offers a wide range of opportunities that are otherwise inaccessible to those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. He enables these marginalized talents to be more entrepreneurial by creating an integrated system. He encourages them to be entrepreneurial by making them fund themselves and focus all their resources (even though they’re poor) on solving societal problems. Mustapha’s project continues to create a change in both the market and the field of graduate research by linking the two, changing the market to match the needs of graduate research. Moreover, Mustapha is creating additional economic forces to revive that kind of change in the market.

Mustapha aims to build a sustainable architecture for the program based upon the current market and its strengths. Mustapha draws credibility to his local graduate research institution through the global graduate research community. His organization creates the graduate programs in order to fulfill and identify the gap or need in the market; these programs are created in partnership with European professors which also helps develop the capacity of local professors who collaborate with them. Then, the students most qualified apply and undergo a rigorous selection criterion to ensure adequate talents are selected to serve these market gaps.

Mustapha aims at further revolutionizing the graduate research field by making it accessible to graduates across the MENA Region through crowd funding, under the umbrella of EduNations, which is the developed and expanded version of LASeR. EduNations will be a pioneer in its field by acting as an open source crowd funding agent, hence allowing more people the opportunity to engage in graduate research, with almost no restrictions.
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