In Brief

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.

Alumnus in the Run for Prestigious Award

LAU alumnus Simon Abboud (BArch ‘15) has reached the top three finalists, out of 66,000 IE alumni, in the Young and Ambitious Minds category of the IE EPIC Awards. Abboud, who completed his MRED at the renowned IE University, Spain, is actively engaged in helping Lebanon foster sustainable solutions to its economic crisis. Let’s support our own by voting here before July 26.

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.

Alumnus Naji Al Hakim Wins Gold

Innovation Lab, a project by alumnus Naji Al Hakim (BArch ’15), was recently awarded the Gold Prize at the Muse Design Awards. Al Hakim turned around the client’s initial idea from a single-use brief, and designed the first multipurpose digital marketing garage for Al Rajhi Bank’s headquarters in Saudi Arabia. 

LAU Debaters Win Third Place

A team of LAU students Rasha Harb, Abdulkader Fatouh, Tala El Kayal and Nahla Bassyouni won third place in the Asian Arabic Debate Championship 2020 which took place in Malaysia. They had faced off with 30 teams from across the continent.

Alumna Exhibits at Art Basel

An interactive art installation by alumna Noor Taan (BS ’17) has been displayed at the latest Art Basel exhibit in Miami Beach, Florida. For the work, the LAU graphic design graduate used 1,000 loofahs to reimagine the womb and the concept of rebirth. Taan is currently pursuing her MA in Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute in New York City.


Alumna Reem Outa Tops Infiniti Engineering Academy

Mechanical Engineering alumna Reem Outa (BE’19) snatched second place at the Infiniti Engineering Academy, which took place in Abu Dhabi. Outa had qualified for the top ten finalists among hundreds of applications from across the region, having passed a rigorous process which involved an online exam, a competition and an interview.

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.”

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