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LAU’s Alumnae Got Talent

LAU cheerleaders and alumnae Aya Charaf (BA ’20), Lourdes Antoury (BFA ’20) and Nehmat Abdelkhalek (BS ’22) are part of the Lebanese Mayyas Dance Crew that wowed the judges and audience at America’s Got Talent on June 21. Their mesmerizing performance got a standing ovation and the Golden Buzzer – straight to the finals. The troupe’s message on the limitless capabilities of Arab women, “the art they can create and the fights they can fight,” was heard loud and clear.

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Lina Matta on the TV/Film Industry

The hunt for a good story has taken Lina Matta (BA 84) far and wide in her career. For those contemplating a TV career, this is the moment,” says the Communications Arts graduate. The industry is going through a whirlwind of reinvention and is famished for great stories and talent from the region. Writers, actors, directors, producers, camera, crew – we need them all.”

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Excellence Award for SPE Student Chapter

For the third year in a row, LAU’s Society of Petroleum Engineers Student Chapter has been awarded the prestigious Student Chapter Excellence Award for 2022 in recognition of its programs in technical dissemination, professional development, member engagement, community involvement, and operations. Chapter president Hadi Amhaz thanked Assistant Professor Zisis Vryzas for his continued guidance and board members for their perseverance.

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Dr. Nabil Nehme Elected President of the IISE Engineering Economy Division

LAU Assistant Professor of Practice Nabil Nehme at the School of Engineering will assume the presidency of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers’ (IISE) Engineering Economy Division in June 2022. “Robust and sustainable industry engagement with global leaders is crucial to safeguard an inclusive transformation in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” said Dr. Nehme in a comment.

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Architecture Students Spend a Term at Kent State

Reaching out to LAU students amid this economic crisis, the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University generously offered six fully-paid scholarships for LAU architecture students covering the spring 2022 semester. Dean Elie Haddad expressed his gratitude to Dean Mark Mistur for this wonderful initiative, a “testimony to the persistence of goodwill, the human desire for building bridges and the great values of American higher education.” Read more. (Archive photo)

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LAU Ranks #1 on Two Impact SDGs

LAU placed #1 in Lebanon, and in the 101-200 bracket worldwide, on two UN Sustainable Development Goals indicators in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022:
SDG 1: No Poverty measures universities’ research on poverty and their financial support of students and members of their community.
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth measures the universities’ contributions to economic growth and employment.

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Faculty’s Research Featured in Forbes

A paper co-authored by AKSOB’s Associate Professor of Marketing Zahy Ramadan has been featured in Forbes Middle East. The study – published by Marketing Intelligence & Planning – defines the key components of a computer-generated influencer’s (CGI) identity and analyzes the ensuing relationship between the CGI and its digital environment. The paper is said to “contribute a seminal work in the field of virtual influencers.”

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Innovating with L’Oréal

For the past decade, LAU has been collaborating with L’Oréal, shaping students’ learning experience in business and research, and offering them unique opportunities to innovate. In the most recent L’Oréal Brandstorm Competition 2022, two student teams from the Adnan Kassar School of Business mentored by Associate Professor Zahy Ramadan were among the finalists. They are Aya Farhat, Gina Kazzi, Karim Fattah, Rose Sroujian, Hiba Ali, and Youssef Attach.

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Internships at Intisar Foundation

LAU students can now gain professional training in an innovative approach to empowering women and peacebuilding through internships at the Intisar Foundation, thanks to a memorandum of understanding signed between LAU and the foundation. The NGO founded by Kuwaiti philanthropist and member of the LAU Board of Trustees HE Sheikha Intisar AlSabah uniquely employs drama therapy to alleviate psychological trauma in Arab women impacted by war and violence.

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Young Leaders Celebrated and Awarded Scholarships

LAU’s flagship simulation programs held their final conferences over the weekend of April 9-10 on Beirut campus. The Model Arab League in its 11th edition, the Model European Union in its sixth, the Model African Union in its third, and the Model Good Governance in its second brought together over 1,000 delegates, and recognized top students with 68 LAU scholarships.

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