In Brief

LAU’s Business School Makes Headlines

The Adnan Kassar School of Business (AKSOB) was the cover story in the May 2024 edition of Higher Education Digest, a global platform showcasing distinguished universities. The feature highlighted the school’s diverse offerings, commitment to innovation, global impact, industry connections and international accreditations. “Our consistent recognition as a national leader in Business and Economics underscores AKSOB’s unwavering commitment to academic excellence and global impact,” commented Dr. Wassim Shahin, dean of AKSOB.


A New Book by Dr. Yasmine Taan

LAU Director of the Institute of Art in the Arab World Yasmine Taan has launched her fourth book in the Khatt Books Series, Mouna Bassili Sehnaoui: The First Lebanese Woman to Brand Her Nation about the first academically trained female graphic designer to set up a practice in the Arab region. In it, Dr. Taan delves into the cultural challenges that Sehnaoui faced, and how she went on to shape the Lebanese visual identity through her work for the National Council of Tourism.


LAU’s Own Elected Olympic Ambassador for Lebanon

Mohamad Mawas (BS’16), Lead Athletics Coordinator and Teams Manager of the LAU Athletics Department, has been elected by the Lebanese Olympic Committee as the Olympic Ambassador for Lebanon for the 2024 Paris Olympics year. Last June, Mawas joined his fellow ambassadors from all over the world at the International Olympic Academy in Olympia, Greece, where they exchanged ideas about the legacy of the games and the crucial role sports play in promoting peace and human dignity.


Alum Simon Doueihy En Route to the Olympics

LAU swimmer Simon Doueihy (BS ’24) has qualified for the 2024 Olympics by achieving the highest World Aquatics Points in Lebanon in the 100m freestyle, clocking in at 49.69 seconds. Last year, he broke 11 national records and represented Lebanon at international championships, after a two-year hiatus during the pandemic that he ended by joining the LAU varsity swimming team in 2022. Ever proud of Doueihy’s and Laetitia Aoun’s outstanding talent, LAU will be cheering them on next month.


The Intisar Foundation Steps Up for LAU, Again

The Intisar Foundation has made a generous donation to LAU’s Arab Institute for Women (AiW) to address the psychological trauma and violence experienced by Arab women using drama therapy. Founded by Kuwaiti philanthropist and member of the LAU Board of Trustees HE Sheikha Intisar AlSabah, the NGO will collaborate with the AiW on actionable research, advocacy and policy change focusing on women, peace and mental health. 


Empowering the Community with Soft Skills

In line with LAU Libraries’ social responsibility goals outlined in its strategic plan, the LAU Libraries’ Reference and Information Literacy unit, in partnership with An Nawras cultural center, organized a roundtable discussion for inter-university students on May 14, 2024. Led by Reference and Information Literacy Librarian Joyce Draiby, the dialogue centered on fostering critical thinking and promoting social responsibility beyond academic boundaries. 


LAU Recognizes its Labor Force

The Human Resources Department hosted a Labor Day Lunch in honor of LAU’s labor force —more than 300 staff members (technicians, drivers, security personnel, and custodians)—whose service to the university is vital. Joined by the provost, VPs, deans and executives, President Michel E. Mawad honored 62 staff members who have been working at LAU for 10, 20 and 30 years with trophies and certificates.


LAU Alumnus on a Winning Streak

For the third consecutive year, Michel Kafrouny (BS ’17) has won the Best Event Planner of the Year in Faces Magazine’s 2024 Ottawa Awards, an upscale event celebrating people, places and businesses that help promote the city’s vibrance. Kafrouny, who is currently the Manager of Events and Industry Engagement at the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, garnered the highest number of votes from the public in the event planning category.


Visit to LAU Libraries Centennial Exhibition

Dr. Hweida Kammourié, Director of Collection Management, invited board members of the Lebanese Library Association (LLA) and the Lebanese Academic Library Consortium (LALC) to a guided tour of the Centennial Exhibition at the Riyad Nassar Library on March 27, 2024. LLA’s Rudaynah Shoujah, Domingua Abboud, Salwa Mneimneh, Ghenwa Wehbeh and Maya Nahra, and LALC’s Alberto Haddad were joined by Dr. Jordan Srour, Assistant Provost for Educational Resources and Innovation, and Senior Library Archives Manager, Beirut, Antoinette Kattoura.


Dean Bahous Joins the International Advisory Committee for AI

Dr. Sola Aoun Bahous is serving along with 15 international experts on the new International Advisory Committee for Artificial Intelligence that informs education groups in global health on harnessing innovations to advance AI in medical education. The committee is a collaboration between the Association of American Colleges, the National University of Singapore, the International Association of Medical Science Educators and the International Association for Health Professions Education.


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