In Brief

Career Exploration Continues

LAU’s campuses buzzed with career exploration events and activities this spring, with the most recent being “Explore your major at LAU” hosted by the Natural Sciences Department. LAU faculty and staff informed high-school students about each major, and gave them a tour of campus, as well as labs and classrooms.

LCF Launches New Training Center

The LAU Louis Cardahi Foundation (LCF) has established a Heritage Conservation and Protection Training Center aimed at helping local and international conservationists in their practice. The training will adhere to UNESCO heritage-related conventions, protocols and guidelines – a unique opportunity for the proper protection of natural and cultural heritage in Lebanon.

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.

SAS Annual Awards Ceremony

The School of Arts and Sciences held its Annual Awards Ceremony on both campuses for Best Capstone/Senior Project, Best Discipline-Related Community/Volunteer Service, Highest GPA, Undergraduate Research and Recognition Award.

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. 

Lady Sailors Shine in Milan

In a brilliant performance, LAU’s Women Basketball team took second place at the EUROMILANO 2019 International University Sports Tournament in Milan, Italy, which gathered close to 750 student athletes from 19 countries.  The Lady Sailors had faced off with eight other teams from Lebanon, Belgium, Serbia, Spain, Austria and Italy.

Captains Fly High in Dubai

LAU Captains returned from the AUD International Tournament with multiple wins. The Men’s Volleyball team came second, the Swimming team won 11 silver and 9 bronze medals, while Lea Taleb and Serena Joseph earned 2nd and 3rd place in Women’s Tennis. All 37 Captains exemplified persistence and sportsmanship, raising the bar in the tournament’s first edition.

Fashion Design Graduates Prepare for Play

Senior designers of the Fashion Design program are gearing up for the third annual graduate fashion show, this year themed Play. The highly anticipated show will feature numerous runway looks per designer and will take place at La Magnanerie, on June 20, 2019.

CMA Scholarship

Ten LAU finance and accounting students at AKSOB received the Certified Management Accountant scholarship offered by the Institute of Management Accounts. The CMA is a globally recognized certification program for management accounting and finance professionals. The two-part CMA exam covers critical business areas, including financial planning, analysis, control, and decision support.

BMW Group Beirut Hackathon 2019

The hackathon’s set-up was discussed at the kick-off meeting in the presence of representatives of the BMW Group Logistics team, Munich, Alfa GMS operator, Lebanon, and representatives of NVIDIA and Oracle Corporations via Skype. Attendees included professors and students from eight major Lebanese universities, MPs Nadim Gemayel and Nicolas Sehnaoui and managers of Bassoul-Heneine BMW Agency.

LAU Captains Men Basketball Decorated in Gold

The LAU Captains Men Basketball team has just been crowned with gold following its victory over USEK at the University Sports Conference league. This is the seventh time in the past nine years that the Men Basketball program comes out on top at University Competitions.

Residential Camp Gives USP Students a Boost

LAU’s 44 USP VII scholars took part in this year’s Residential Camp, where activities focused on reinforcing their soft skills – including leadership, teamwork, trust-building, communication and analytical thinking. The action-packed program, from hikes to late-night bonfires, left scholars energized and ready to close the semester with a fresh overview.

Murex Gold for Tony Farjallah’s Morine

LAU Senior TV & Film Instructor Tony Farjallah has won Best Lebanese Film Award at the Murex D’Or for Morine, the first historical movie set in Lebanon. Set in the year 620 AD, Morine tells the real story of Saint Marina, originally from Qalamoun, near Tripoli, who disguised herself as a man in order to live in a monastery.

OCE and AKSOB Celebrate the Culture of Volunteerism

The Outreach and Civic Engagement Department, in partnership with AKSOB, honored NGOs and celebrated the many volunteering opportunities available and inherently encouraged at LAU. One of these is a mandatory course for all business students, BUS299 – a guided service experience designed by the school in partnership with OCE.

All About Safe Driving and E-Vehicles

LAU ASME Automotive Engineering Day attracted around 130 students from ASME Sections across Lebanon who took part in workshops by Adel Metni Foundation, Auto Shine Spa, Liban Energie, Michelin Tires, and EVBox, and got to virtually drive a car on Sin El Fil highway using the Civil Department’s vehicle driving simulator. Guest speakers were the executive vice president, and HR manager from FEV, France.

Women at Work: Encountering Day-to-Day Challenges

The LAU MEPI-TL Gender Committee organized a storytelling session led by Associate Professor Mirvat El-Sibai and Accreditation and Continuous Improvement Coordinator Samar Aad Makhoul on the challenges women faced at work. The talk discussed the common, day-to-day, burdens placed on women in the workplace, and ways to surmount them.

Companies Seek Out Students

HR representatives from local, regional and multinational companies across industries flocked to LAU campuses for the Annual Career and Internship Fair. Booths were busy with students networking, filling in internship applications, and sitting for preliminary interviews. The fair is one of many opportunities offered to students and alumni, courtesy of Career Development Services.

What About Russia Today?

The International Affairs Student Club invited Russian Ambassador Alexander Zasypkin to Beirut Campus to give a talk on Russia’s foreign policy and its role in the Middle East. Ambassador Zasypkin touched on his country’s relations with Lebanon and the United States, post-war Syria, and unilateralism in international politics. 

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