In Brief

Alumna Paper Published in OBVIA

Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at Laval University Nadia Naffi (BS ‘95) has recently published a white paper investigating the disruption of teaching and learning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. LAU Associate Professors and Assistants to the Provost Drs. Barbar Akle and Rula Diab contributed to the paper and will join an online symposium on October 2 as a follow-up.

Help Continues from Student Clubs

Following the explosion in Beirut, some 60 LAU students from the Architecture, Nursing, Poetry and First Responder Clubs offered immense help through cleaning up hospitals, homes and streets. Some also tended to injured patients in the Emergency Room and in Intensive Care Units.

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.

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.  

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. 

Students Share the Joy of Reading

Students from the LAU Higher Education Scholarship program, funded by USAID, volunteered at Dar Al Aytam Al Islamiya’s Reading Club, where they read stories to orphans, and taught them basic computer skills.

The activity was part of a larger series of volunteer work and outreach visits. The students supported children’s learning, while enriching their own experience in serving others.

Overcoming Trauma Through Art

Students from the LAU Higher Education Scholarship program, funded by USAID, joined international volunteers in designing and conducting workshops that targeted refugee children between the ages of five and 17.

At the Faour Camp in the Beqaa, more than 120 Syrian and Lebanese children were engaged in topics that varied from human rights and health to the arts.

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.

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