In Brief

Alumna Presents to the House of Versace

Fashion design alumna and winner of the Prix du Jury 2021 Nour Takieddine (BFA ’21), currently pursuing her master’s at Parsons Paris, was among six students selected to present their creation to Donatella Versace. Responding to Versace’s brief on a pop-culture look, Takieddine, the only student from the Middle East, drew on her heritage, imprinting her outfit with images of Lebanese icon Fairuz, Roman pillars, and adorning it with more than 2,600 beads.


Students’ Innovation Tops Google Solution Challenge

Go Green with Friends, a carpooling platform that addresses Lebanon’s environmental and economic crises, won first place in the Google Solution Challenge 2022 MENA, after it was shortlisted and pitched at an online event. The idea, conceived by engineering students Georgio El Khoury, Nour Mikhael and Kevin Aoun with the support of Dr. Wissam Fawaz, contributes to two UN SDGs: Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Responsible Consumption and Production.


LAU Champs Bring Pride and Hope to Lebanon

Lebanon’s National Basketball Team won the silver title at the FIBA Asia Basketball Cup, following an outstanding performance throughout the tournament, where they were defeated by a two-point difference in the final game. LAU congratulates its own Wael Arakji (BS ’16), who also earned the tournament’s TISSOT MVP title, Elie Chamoun (BE ’18), Ali Mansour (BS ’21), and Karim Zeinoun (BS ’21). (Photo courtesy of FIBA).


LAU Students Win First and Second Prizes at the SDG Brain Lab

Two LAU student teams took first and second prizes at the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Brain Lab competition, organized by the UN Global Compact Network Lebanon (GCNL). The first prize winners had proposed a digital solution for cancer patients and their caregivers, while the second prize winners designed an app to help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, addressing SDG 3 and SDG 4 respectively.


Rooting for Sailors and Captains on the Futsal National Team

LAU’s own Hadeel Koteich, Marie-Joe Wakim (team captain), Rita Nassif, Michelle-Ange Issa, Maria Mansour and Carol Mansour have been selected to represent Lebanon and LAU at the International University Sports Federation (FISU) World University Futsal Championship, taking place this week in Braga and Guimarães in Portugal. (Pictured here with Director of Athletics on Beirut campus Sami Garabedian).


International Collaborations Continue

With more than 50 partner institutions across the world, LAU fosters and seeks out exchange and training opportunities for its faculty, students and staff. Recently, an LAU delegation visited Freie University of Berlin for an Erasmus+-funded mobility to exchange expertise and explore possibilities for collaboration. The group included Drs. Brigette Wex, Hussein F. Hassan, Hussein Hassan and Elias Akoury from the Natural Sciences Department, Dina Abdul Rahman from OIS and Joanna Fayad from AiW.


Open Day Offers a Taste of LAU Opportunities

High schoolers and their parents engaged in a full day of information sessions, hands-on experiences, Q&As and tours of the LAU classrooms, labs and studios that painted a full picture of life on Byblos campus. The students explored programs of interest, and asked pressing questions to faculty, students, alumni and financial aid staff, who walked them through the application process.


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.


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.”


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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