In Brief

Forbes Honor for LAU Alumna

Alumna Nour Chamoun (BS ’13) has made the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 List. Chamoun, who studied graphic design at LAU, is co-founder and chief-of-product of Scopio, an image marketplace designed to make stock photography more diverse, authentic and affordable. “LAU is where I was first given the space to realize my potential,” said Chamoun, “and for that I am thankful.”

AIA Award for LAU Architect

Alumna Sabine Dina (BArch ‘19) has received a Merit Award in the Student Graduation Project Category for her Final Year project – A Future Living Factory, Bourj Hammoud – at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Middle East conference in Beirut. Juror and OMA partner Iyad Alsaka commended her innovative project as “a refreshing approach to a Second Life of an existing condition.”

Simulation Programs Power On

Organized by the Outreach and Civic Engagement Department, LAU’s signature simulation programs – the Model Arab League, the Model European Union and the Model African Union – congregated for the second training session at both LAU campuses in Beirut and Byblos as well the Outreach and Leadership Academy in Sidon.

Students Raise Funds for the Civil Defense

Following devastating forest fires that swept across Lebanon mid-October, students from the Social Work Club raised a substantial sum for the Lebanese Civil Defense and donated essential equipment such as vests and helmets, in appreciation of their heroic work.

Celebrating Lebanon’s 76th Day of Independence

The LAU community celebrated Independence Day on both campuses, thanks to a joint initiative by the Deans of Students offices, the Outreach and Civic Engagement Department, as well as the Arts, Photography, Citizenship, Human Rights, UNESCO, and Discover Lebanon Clubs. Students, faculty and staff saluted the flag, joined hands for the Dabkeh and sampled Lebanese delicacies.

More Jobs Available to LAUers

LAU partnered up with the American Creativity Academy (ACA) in Kuwait to increase job prospects for students interested in a teaching career. The ACA was on Beirut campus for two days, which featured a recruitment presentation targeting biology, chemistry, physics, math, computer science and education majors, as well as an information booth to introduce their work to the community.

Computer Science Students win LCPC First Place

LAU won first place at the 11th Lebanese Collegiate Programming Contest (LCPC). The winning team –  Computer Science students Karam Al Kontar, Amer Hajj Ahmad and Ali Ayash – was supervised by Professor of Computer Science Faisal Abu-Khzam. Assistant Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Samer Habre also received the LCPC Outstanding Contribution Award. 

Volunteer Work Inspires Students

LAU student volunteers spent an unforgettable day with children at the SOS Children’s Village in Batroun, organized by the Outreach and Civic Engagement Department (OCE). Another visit to Dar Al Inaya Elderly Center also left University Scholarship Program (USP) students with unique memories and invaluable lessons.   

Students’ Luminaires Shine at Beirut Design Fair

The work of seven interior design students and alumni was featured at Beirut Design Fair (BDF). They had originally developed the table lamps, dubbed “luminaires,” as part of a lighting design course at LAU, and were encouraged to fine-tune them for show at BDF. Read more about their work here

New MEPI-TLers Welcomed In

A new cohort of 36 Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Tomorrow’s Leaders (TL) scholars received a warm welcome with the start of the new academic year. Hailing from Algeria, Jordan, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen and Lebanon, the students enjoyed a two-day retreat, met with their peers and attended a series of workshops in leadership skills.

The Phoenician Alphabet Revisited

As part of a larger event on the “Intercultural Hispanic-Lebanese Encounter,” the LAU-Louis Cardahi Foundation (LCF) will host an exhibit on the Phoenician Alphabet. Architect and Sculptor Nayla Romanos Iliya has donated 20 pieces to LCF. Collectively, the sculptures shed a new cultural light on the Phoenician alphabet and they will remain on display at LCF.

Google Tools for Digital Marketing

The Career Development Services hosted two sessions of Maharat Min Google (Skills from Google), on each of Beirut and Byblos campuses. LAU students, alumni, faculty and staff got the opportunity to hone their skills in Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing as well as get acquainted with Google tools that support the online presence of any business.

SOP Hosts Pharmacists Furthering their Education

Around 150 pharmacists from across Kesserwan, Byblos and Batroun convened at LAU’s Chagoury Health Sciences Auditorium for a continuing education session on Multiple Sclerosis. The event was organized and supported by the Order of Pharmacists in Lebanon and featured speakers from the fields of pharmacy and medicine.

Career Readiness Hits a High Note

As early as their first day of classes, LAU students are preparing to hit the job market. Career Development Services hosted a series of essential and eye-opening workshops, from ‘Acing the Self-Pitch’ to building communication skills and prospects in graduate studies. The sessions lined a full-day event and were tailored for each group depending on their academic level. 

USP and HES Scholars Hone their Skills

Over a weekend in mid-September, 46 University Scholarship Program (USP) and Higher Education Scholarship (HES) students from different cohorts convened for a residential camp. They were trained to further their skills in leadership, communication, trust-building, teamwork and analytical thinking.

Leadership Simulation Programs Blast off

The Outreach and Civic Engagement Department (OCE) celebrated the addition of the inaugural Model African Union (MAU), as Model United Nations, Model Arab League and Model European Union mark their 15th, ninth and fourth anniversaries respectively. This year, 500 LAU students will run the programs, which will serve more than 5,000 middle- and high-school students.

LAU MEPI-TL Program Wraps Up Retreat

Administrators of the US-Middle East Partnership Initiative Tomorrow’s Leaders Program (MEPI-TL) organized a two-day retreat for more than 80 students – new and old cohorts – program advisors and instructors. During the retreat, students received leadership training, and learned about academic projections for the year 2019-2020, the program’s objectives, and their roles and responsibilities.  

LAU Sailor Wins Big in Canada

LAU Track and Field varsity athlete Karim Harik took part in the Edmonton Marathon 5K Race, and came in third place in the under-20 category, and fifth overall, out of 574 participants. Harik is not new to podiums as he has won national and international titles in track and field and in martial arts.

Go Sailors!

A Hundred Years Since Greater Lebanon

The Center for Lebanese Heritage (CLH) has released a special issue of Mirrors of Heritage to mark the centennial of the declaration of the State of Greater Lebanon. This issue features never-before published scripts and documents from that era. For the launch, President Jabbra and CLH Director Henri Zoghaib held a special press event on Beirut campus.

Higher Education Scholarships Take Off

LAU has launched the HES program funded by the USAID, which offers full scholarships to 69 excelling and deserving high-school graduates who will pursue their education at LAU courtesy of the University Scholarship Program and the Refugee Scholarship Support. The scholars were received by OCE staff and AVPs on orientation day.

GOLD 2019

OCE held its Annual Global Outreach & Leadership Development (GOLD 2019) Conference at LAU NY from July 29-August 2, themed Methodology, Epistemology and Pedagogy of Model United Nations. Through interactive workshops, the conference provided a clear methodology on delegate, teacher, and staff preparation. The UN system and strategy were demystified for a better performance on all levels for all participants. 

World Lebanese Cultural Union

On July 16, LAU hosted the biennial forum of the World Lebanese Cultural Union (WLCU) on LAU Byblos campus, gathering 200 youngsters of the Lebanese diaspora from 17 different countries. The purpose of the full-day forum was to acquaint the young participants, who were eager to learn about their country of origin, with Lebanon’s politics and culture.

Selinunte Award

Dr. Rachid Chamoun, director of LAU Louis Cardahi Foundation and president of the Confederation of the Phoenicians’ Route, has received the Selinunte International Award of Architecture and Landscape along with his colleague Dr. Osama Hamdan, member of the Phoenicians’ Route Scientific Committee, from the Italian Association of Architecture and Criticism at the Architects Meet in Selinunte event in Italy.

LAUers in the Top 10 Percentile

Sixty-five groups of students in the strategic management course at AKSOB made the top 10 percent worldwide out of 1,919 teams competing in the CAPSIM business simulation. Besides managing a simulated company from the R&D phase to production, marketing, HR and finance, the students were evaluated individually in the COMP-XM exam.

Enhanced Prospects for Civil Engineering Graduates

The UK-based Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) now recognizes the LAU civil engineering degree as “Fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer.” Graduates will no longer need to apply for an academic assessment to get an ICE professional qualification and will partially satisfy the educational requirements for a Chartered Engineer in the UK. 

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