In Brief

MEPI Recognizes Dina Abdul Rahman

Together with the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), the US Embassy in Beirut has recognized LAU’s MEPI-TL Executive Director Dina Abdul Rahman for her invaluable service to the program. She received the certificate of appreciation with gratitude and humility, thanking MEPI and highlighting the value of their support to the youth of the MENA region, especially during these challenging times.

Alumna’s Film Reaps Awards

Untold, a film by LAU alumna Sara Fouladkar (BA ’21) won Best First Time Director Award at the Art Film Awards Festival and the Jury Special Award Best Short Film at the Europe Film Festival. It tells the story of a young woman facing trauma and anxiety amid COVID-19 and the August 4 Beirut explosion. She dedicated the film to “those struggling on their own.”

New LAU Medical Center With More Reach

Extending excellence and compassion in healthcare to the Keserwan district and beyond, LAU will soon be inaugurating its LAU Medical Center-St John’s Hospital in Jounieh. Benefitting from LAU’s expertise and research in healthcare, it will be directly managed and operated by LAU, making it the only university medical center in the area.

Elie Saab Oversees Promotion 2021 Jury

The graduating cohort of fashion design students showed their collections in the presence of Mr. Elie Saab during a closed jury at LAU. The visit, said Director of the Fashion Design Program Silia Abou Arbid, provided “a valuable opportunity for hearing new ideas, encouraging students to critically evaluate their development, carry exploration, and revise or assert decisions before the runway show.”  

ASCE Distinguished Chapter Award for LAU

LAU was the only university outside the US to receive the Distinguished Chapter Award from the American Society for Civil Engineers, placing it in the same league as top university student chapters worldwide. “The credit,” said Civil Engineering Chair Caesar Abi Shdid, “goes to the students, the student chapter leadership board, and their faculty advisor and mentor Dr. John El-Khoury.”

ASCE Award for LAU Civil Engineers

Following last year’s commendation, the LAU Student Chapter of the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) has earned the Distinguished Chapter Award, given to the most outstanding chapter in the region. It was also recognized for its “exemplary community service benefitting others,” namely its disaster response to the Beirut Port explosion and assisting the community with recovery efforts.

Alumna Appointed Director of Dubai

LAU alumna Joanne Tayara (MBA ‘09) has been appointed director of’s Dubai representative office, where she has been operations manager for the past five years. Honored by the appointment, she said, “With strong foundations for growth in the Middle East, I am confident that we can continue to build on this success and drive our strategic vision forward.”

CSC Spotlighted in Society for Simulation in Europe Publication

LAU’s Clinical Simulation Center (CSC) was featured in the Society for Simulation in Europe (SESAM) newsletter. In the Member Profile section, CSC Director Vanda Abi Raad touched on deliberate practice, the importance of acquiring knowledge and expertise in Simulation-Based Education, as well as delivering virtual OSCEs for the first time in Lebanon, among other topics. (archive photo)

LAU’s Petroleum Engineering in Top 100-150 Bracket Worldwide

The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 has ranked LAU’s Petroleum Engineering program in the top 100-150 bracket worldwide, and no.1 in private universities in Lebanon, based on its high scores in academic and employer reputation, research citations per paper, and H-index – a measure of published scholarly work.

Alumna Motivates Children to “Crush Cancer”

In partnership with Chance Association and LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital, activist and alumna Hayat Nazer (BS ’10) marked International Childhood Cancer Day by creating a collage titled “Crush Cancer.” It is hoped that the piece, made of shards of glass from the August 4 explosion and the children’s handprints, will raise funds toward better access to healthcare in Lebanon. 

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