In Brief

Alumnus Wins International Award for Docufiction Film

Lebanese filmmaker Karim Kassem (BA ’12) has won the Best Film Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam for his docufiction film Octopus. Kassem chose to make the film about the aftermath of the August 4 Beirut explosion a silent one for, at that point, he said, “One can arguably say everything without saying anything.”

SoAS Launches Development Program for Armenian Schools

The Department of Social and Education Sciences at LAU’s School of Arts and Sciences and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal launched the two-year Teacher Professional Development Program for Armenian schools in Lebanon during a hybrid ceremony on November 4. The program serves to help the schools incorporate innovative teaching and develop methods that facilitate the acquisition of the language.

Sami Garabedian at the Helm of FSUL

LAU Senior Director of Athletics and Senior Instructor of Physical Education Sami Garabedian has been elected the new President of the Lebanese Federation of University Sports (FSUL), Lebanon’s highest authority on university sports, that caters to over 5,000 student athletes. In his new capacity, he will lead the FSUL Executive Committee formed of 12 other university sports coordinators and representatives.

LAU Petroleum Engineers Win First Place, Again

For the second year running, the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter at LAU has claimed first place at the university program competition of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), outdoing participants from across the MENA. The team (L to R) – Mohamad El Zein, Catherine El Riachy, Omar Bekdache and Zahrah Ghannam – was advised by Dr. Zisis Vryzas.

Students Raise Funds for Lebanese Food Bank

LAU’s Nutrition and Food Science Club raised LBP 10,145,500 to fund and distribute food boxes to people in need. One of many efforts by the Nutrition Program to alleviate food insecurity, “the fundraiser goes toward achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 2 – Zero Hunger – in Lebanon,” explained Dr. Hussein Hassan, associate professor of Food Science and club advisor.

Congratulating LAU’s Own for the FIBA Win

Following their terrific win at the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Women’s Asia Cup, LAU extends warm wishes to the Lebanese Women’s National Basketball Team, among whom are the university’s own marketing student Yasha Zeinoun, and team manager Nelly Nassar, who is also the Women Basketball varsity team coach on LAU Byblos campus. (photo courtesy of FIBA)

Dr. Mattar Joins Panel on Nutrition and Physical Activity

LAU Associate Professor of Nutrition Lama Mattar collaborated with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a member of an expert panel that developed The Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines for the US. 


LAU Participates in AAHC Annual Meeting

Dr. Sola Aoun Bahous, interim dean of the LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine, was recently invited by the Association of Academic Health Centers to take part in its all-virtual 2021 annual meeting. Based on her “experience and leadership during COVID-19,” Dr. Bahous was requested to address the ways in which the pandemic impacted the role of academic health centers in education transformation.

LAU Partners with KeyLearn

LAU has partnered with KeyLearn company that works in education, research, and management outsourcing, opening the door for students to intern within their organization.

LAU Partners with RushForLess

In an effort to increase students’ scope of internship opportunities, LAU has teamed with RushForLess, a dynamic platform that brings retailers and shoppers together. Available internships will be posted on the LAU International Career Portal through which students will be able to view and apply for vacancies.

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