In line with its plan to strengthen its presence across Lebanon, Presence Protestante Française au Liban (PPFL), owner of College Protestant Français (CPF), announced the acquisition of Montana International College (MIC) in Dik El Mehdi. The signatory ceremony took place on January 21, 2019 at Collège Protestant Français in Beirut in the presence of senior representatives from the association of Présence Protestante Française au Liban, College Protestant Français, and Montana International College.
Taking effect in 2019 – 2020 academic year, the acquisition, signed by the president of PPFL, Mr. Anis Nassif, and the current owner of MIC, Dr. Joseph Semaan, will see the school rebranded as College Protestant Français – Montana (CPF Montana). The ceremony also marked the appointment of Mr. Bruno Jacquier, currently principal of CPF Beirut, as the new principal of CPF Montana. Joining efforts with the existing management and the education team, Mr. Jacquier will bring his experience to CPF Montana embedding the same values, culture and skills of CPF. Education, under the new leadership, will continue to be delivered in both English and French.
The acquisition is a major step forward in CPF’s ambitious plan to grow its footprint expansion outside Beirut, offering a distinguished education curriculum to Lebanese students. Further, this milestone is also in line with the objectives of the French President Emmanuel Macron to double the number of students in the French educational system around the world.
Since its inception in Lebanon in 1927, CPF Beirut instilled its values in the educational system. These values which became a blueprint for education include discipline, sense of duty, responsibility, critical judgment, tolerance and open-mind.
“CPF values have always been the guidelines which profoundly shaped our educational system. So, bringing students to study together from different cultural, religious and social backgrounds and be part of the same family is the building block of our expertise,” added Mr. Nassif. These values are also the basis of inception of the two major universities the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese American University.
“As we expand, we specifically look for partners with a track record. In light of this, I’d like to thank the founders of MIC – Mrs. Ghada and Dr. Joseph Semaan – for delivering positive student outcomes. We promise you that the school will be in good hands,” concluded Mr. Nassif.
Commenting on his new role, Mr. Bruno Jacquier said: “The CPF is recognized for its excellence in education and this expansion will greatly contribute to this remarkable reputation. Our commitment to deliver high quality education is supported by the vastly skilled teachers and educators, and the visionary leadership of PPFL. This is what keep our values living throughout the years and what will keep marking our place in people’s minds”.
As a result of this acquisition, CPF Montana will witness a series of upgrades in its facilities and improvements in the curriculum to provide the same high-quality of education that CPF Beirut provides to children and contribute towards the social development of the Lebanese society at large. Several synergies will also be put in place in order to create exchanges between the two schools. The school under the new leadership will aim to cater for a new intake of students of around 600 in the Metn area.