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LAU ACE Expands Physical Presence in the UAE and Saudi Arabia

Stepahead Holding has joined forces with the LAU Academy of Continuing Education (ACE) to set up a physical presence in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. This partnership will encompass both in-person and online ACE programs. Upon successfully completing the programs, participants will be awarded ACE diplomas and certifications.

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For a Cause and a Course

In line with the university’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, three business students, Katia Slim, Cynthia Abdel Khalik and Sari Daoud, organized a drive that raised a considerable number of books, clothes and bags for Ahla Fawda NGO. Their efforts were part of the course requirements for a project-management class, MGT401, delivered by Assistant Professor Samar Aad-Makhoul at the Adnan Kassar School of Business.

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Alumni Recognized for Social Impact in Forbes Middle East

LAU alumni Hussein Ayoub (BS ’16) and Bassel Jalaleddine (BE ’17) have made the 2023 Forbes Middle East 30 Under 30 List for Social Impact. Ayoub is the MEA Director at EDT & Partners, where he facilitates synergies between industry experts, educators and students. Jalaleddine has founded an AI-powered learning platform, eFlow.ai, which offers courses through social apps, and has already amassed 16,000 learners across the region.

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LAU Rises in Arab Rankings

The Times Higher Education Arab University Rankings 2023 has ranked LAU 16, up from 37 in 2022, out of 207 ranked institutions in the Arab World. LAU’s overall score rose from 69.8 percent in 2022 to 83.8 percent in 2023, and its Research Quality score of 80.9 percent placed it in the lead nationally.

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Blueprint for Growth

In a workshop organized by the Department of Social and Education Sciences, alumna and founder of Creative Learning Integrated Center Faten Ghaiss (BA ‘01) returned to her alma mater to help LAU students sharpen their personal and professional skills through strategies to nurture their growth mindset. “It’s my responsibility as an alumna to impart this knowledge to current students,” she said, “the same way my professors did for me years back.”

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Breast Cancer Research Meets Clinical Practice

For the second consecutive year, medical students from the LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine along with Aid Lebanon hosted a hybrid symposium on the latest advancements in breast cancer research, detection, therapies and surgery. The event featured eye-opening sessions by international and local physicians and granted two Continuing Medical Education points to healthcare providers in attendance. (Photo courtesy of Aid Lebanon).

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Engineering Bachelor Programs Reaccredited by ABET

The LAU School of Engineering has obtained renewed accreditation till 2029 from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for five of its bachelor programs in Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering. Two additional programs, Mechatronics and Petroleum Engineering, have been accredited for the first time with a retroactive action to October 2020. 

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A Treat for LAU Bibliophiles

Students, faculty and staff flocked to the Riyad Nassar Library, Beirut campus, on the first day of a book giveaway hosted by the LAU Libraries to enrich the intellectual and cultural life of the LAU community. Shelves emptied within hours of close to 2,000 Arabic and English publications in all genres and disciplines. Another such event was held at the Joseph G. Jabbra Library, Byblos campus, in October, where more than 500 books were on offer.

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Alumnus Wins Jewelry Design Award in Milan

Architect turned jewelry designer Christian Nasr (BArch ’03) has received the Artistar Best Exclusive Jewelry Designer award at the Milano Jewelry Week 2023. The founder and creative director of Crismann High Jewelry creates bespoke, original and timeless designs that blend the contemporary with the bold. Nasr, who was among 350 exhibitors from 40 countries, was presented with the award by founder of Precious Room Muriel Piaser during the MJW awards night on October 18 in Milan.

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LAU GASC Facilitates Open Finance Capacity Building in KSA

The Global Affairs Service Center at LAU has partnered with a global open finance platform, Ozone API, to upskill and enable national talents through The Financial Academy in KSA. This capacity-building tripartite initiative will help professionals pursue and acquire cutting-edge knowledge in open banking and finance while contributing to the kingdom’s Vision 2030 to foster more than 500 entities in financial technology.

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