In Brief

QS Ranks LAU No. 2 in Lebanon

The 2021 QS Arab Region University Rankings has ranked LAU second in Lebanon and 14th in the region, up one place up from 2020. Major strengths were once again Employer Reputation – placing 4th regionally, up from 8th in 2020 – and Citations per Paper, where it ranked first in Lebanon, a testament to the quality and impact of its research.

Ceramics Instructor Earns Silver Plaque

Ceramicist and adjunct faculty member at the School of Architecture & Design Samar Mogharbel (BS 1982) has won silver at the MIKS 20: International exhibition of ceramics and glass, out of 73 artists from 12 countries. Due to COVID-19, some participants exhibited virtually. Mogharbel’s work has been showcased in Sweden, Lebanon, Croatia and the UAE.

HES Scholars’ Welcome

The Outreach and Civic Engagement Department (OCE) welcomed 66 new Ambassador Merit Scholars in a virtual annual homecoming event for the USAID Higher Education Scholarship (HES) Cycle II. The scholars were greeted with warm wishes for the new academic year by LAU President Michel E. Mawad, USAID Mission Director Eileen Devitt, Vice President Elise Salem and Assistant VP for OCE Elie Samia.

Alumnus Appointed Nestlé’s Chairman & CEO MENA

LAU alumnus Remy Ejel (BS ‘92) has been appointed Nestlé’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for the Middle East and North Africa region. “It is a privilege for me to work together with a strong team of knowledgeable and passionate people,” he said, describing himself as a Mediterranean at heart with roots in several countries.

Dr. Jad Melki Receives Shoman Award

LAU Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies Jad Melki received the Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers – the second such award for LAU – for his work on the impact of social media in the Arab world. Among his recent publications are Media Uses and Trust during the protests and Mitigating Infodemics: Media Uses in Lebanon During the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Jabbras Donate Personal Library

Drs. Joseph and Nancy Jabbra have donated to our Byblos library the 2,000+ books, periodicals and multimedia items that used to fill every shelf of the outgoing president’s office. The collection, an estimated value of over $40,000, spans the social sciences, history, and geography — and will continue to enrich the minds of scholars for generations to come.

Deanships for Alumni in Lebanon and the Emirates

President of RDCL-World Dr. Fouad Zmokhol (BS ‘96, MBA ’99) – who is also a member of the Board of Trustees – has taken on the deanship of Saint Joseph University’s Faculty of Business and Management. Meanwhile, Dr. Wassim Almawi (BS ’80) was appointed dean of the College of Health Sciences at Abu Dhabi University in April 2020.

Alumna Paper Published in OBVIA

Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at Laval University Nadia Naffi (BS ‘95) has recently published a white paper investigating the disruption of teaching and learning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. LAU Associate Professors and Assistants to the Provost Drs. Barbar Akle and Rula Diab contributed to the paper and will join an online symposium on October 2 as a follow-up.

USAID HES Orientation Day

As part of the integration process of the newly admitted 66 HES-USP VIII C2 & RSS Cycle 2 into the University Scholarship Program, the Outreach and Civic Engagement Department at LAU organized an online orientation session to tackle topics such as adapting to a new lifestyle, minimizing the cultural gap, managing finances, and hands-on usage of technological platforms.

MEPI TLers Ready for a New Chapter

A new cohort of Middle East Partnership Initiative Tomorrow’s Leaders (MEPI-TL) scholars were welcomed through a virtual orientation. Along with 15 new undergraduate students from all over the Arab World, a total of 295 scholars from Lebanon joined the new Gender Scholars program (TLS), which is designed to strengthen awareness on gender education and activism.

CP’s IPE Practice Recognized by ACEND

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) has selected the BS in Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program (CP) at LAU’s School of Arts and Sciences as one of the 2020 Noteworthy Practice Honorees among the ACEND-accredited programs for its Interprofessional Education (IPE). The CP’s noteworthy practice was highlighted on ACEND’s website

SOE Alumna and Faculty Talk Aviation

LAU alumna Gaelle Abi Younes (BE ‘19) and Associate Professor of Civil Engineering John El Khoury have been featured in the fall edition of Aviation Newsletter. Abi Younes spoke about her final year project at LAU, an expansion plan for the Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, while Dr. El Khoury offered valuable advice to students aspiring for a career in aviation. 

Help Continues from Student Clubs

Following the explosion in Beirut, some 60 LAU students from the Architecture, Nursing, Poetry and First Responder Clubs offered immense help through cleaning up hospitals, homes and streets. Some also tended to injured patients in the Emergency Room and in Intensive Care Units.

Student Clubs Help With Relief Efforts

Student volunteers from the Nutrition Club collaborated with the Lebanese Food Bank to distribute food in some of Beirut’s hardest-hit neighborhoods, while also helping with the clean up. Their peers from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Engineering Without Borders Clubs cleared the rubble at homes and hospitals that were damaged by the blast.

Helping Out on All Fronts

For the second day running, and as part of the student-led Servants of Society campaign that aims to help those in need following the Beirut blast, student volunteers teamed up with TV host Pierre Rabbat and Spinneys supermarket to prepare and distribute sandwiches and food boxes to the community. 

LAU’s Servants of Society

In the aftermath of the horrendous Beirut explosion, LAU students have embarked on the Servants of Society campaign, offering their help where it is needed: collecting and distributing in-kind donations, cleaning up the streets and homes in Beirut and connecting people with therapists for psychological support. The campaign was launched by the Outreach and Civic Engagement Department.

Students Exemplify LAU’s Spirit of Giving

Thirty-three students from the Nutrition and Science Clubs along with volunteers from different majors were at LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital on Thursday, August 6 to help clear up debris and cover broken windows and doors. The students were quick to mobilize and provide whatever assistance they could following the extensive damage caused by the devastating explosion on August 4.

Win for SArD Faculty’s Proposal

SArD Assistant Professor of Practice Marwan Zouein and his team shared the winning prize for their entry at the Beyond Cement Competition, focused on the environmental, economic and urban challenges facing Chekka, Koura and the Collar Towns. The team’s proposal called for restoring the existing quarried landscape by recreating alternative agricultural practices based on the principle of agroforestry.  

LAU Ranked in Nature Index

LAU has ranked second in Lebanon and among the top 15 in the Arab world in the Nature Index 2020, an indicator of global high-quality research output and collaboration. The Nature Index tracks contributions to research articles published in 82 high-quality natural science journals,  selected on reputation by an independent panel of leading scientists in their fields.

LAU Research Reaches Forbes

An LAU study published by Forbes and renowned media platforms has reached the top 5 percent and 98th percentile of all research output ever tracked by Altmetric. This underscores “the quality of research at LAU and its impact locally and internationally,” says AKSOB Assistant Professor of Marketing Omar Itani, who took part in the study.

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