CERN and Lebanon signed an International Cooperation Agreement (ICA) in 2015.
The CERN Theory Unit has long had a connection with the American University in Beirut. The Lebanese University has become a CMS cooperating institute in 2016 and has created a programme in high-energy physics, with its first PhD graduating in 2019. Following the Lebanese University, the other three top universities of the country have joined CMS – the Lebanese American University as an associated member in 2017, Saint Joseph University as a cooperating institute in 2017, and the American University in Beirut as cooperating institute in 2018. As a result, the number of students, scientists and engineers deployed at CERN has also steadily increased. Two CERN/CMS technology transfer projects have also been set up in Lebanon. Each year, two students from Lebanon are enrolled in the CERN Summer Student Programme. Finally, national scientific seminars have been organised in Lebanon by CMS, contributing to the outreach and dissemination effort relating to CERN in the country.