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LAU Ranks #1 on Two Impact SDGs

LAU placed #1 in Lebanon, and in the 101-200 bracket worldwide, on two UN Sustainable Development Goals indicators in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022:
SDG 1: No Poverty measures universities’ research on poverty and their financial support of students and members of their community.
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth measures the universities’ contributions to economic growth and employment.

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LAU Scientists Recognized by the AD Scientific Index 2022

A new ranking by the AD Scientific Index has listed three LAU scientists among the world’s best and top 35 in Lebanon. Professor and Dean of the School of Engineering Lina Karam, Professor Andre Megarbane from the Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine and Associate Professor of Finance Elie Bouri made the list in recognition of the quality of their research output.

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Dr. Lina Karam Among the World’s Top Scientists

Research.com’s eighth edition of top scientists has ranked LAU’s Dean of the School of Engineering Lina Karam among the world’s leading scientists in Computer Science and No. 1 in Lebanon. In 2020, Dr. Karam had also made the top two percent scientists worldwide list in a Stanford study published in PLOS Biology for her research on AI and image processing.

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Women as Catalysts for Resilience, Diversity and Change

To mark International Women’s Day, the Arab Institute for Women (AiW) hosted the Beirut panel for the Athena 40 Global Conversation, this year themed: Women as Catalysts for Resilience, Diversity and Change. The Beirut panel connected with events simultaneously held in six other cities, and was moderated by AiW Director Myriam Sfeir, with opening remarks by AiW Executive Director Lina Abirafeh.

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LAU Launches Forum at Dubai Expo 2020

In collaboration with the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism, LAU launched the Intercultural Forum on Cultural Tourism for Lebanon at the Lebanese Pavilion–Dubai Expo on March 4. The week-long forum, orchestrated by LAU’s Rachid Chamoun, celebrates the country’s accession into the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, and focuses on sustaining Lebanon’s intercultural dialogue and spreading knowledge about the country’s rich history.

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Students Raise Funds for the Children’s Cancer Center

In collaboration with TEDxLAU, the Aie Club raised close to LL 17 million for the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon. Over two days, students wrote motivational messages that were delivered to cancer patients.

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LAU Simulation Models Back on Campus

Following a year of successful virtual training and conferences, the LAU Simulation Models are back to in-person delivery of the flagship Model United Nations, Model Arab League, Model European Union, Model African Union and Model Good Governance. More than 2,500 students from 203 schools came to both LAU campuses on February 26 to celebrate the launch of this year’s programs.

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Congrats to Lebanon’s Basketball Champs!

LAU congratulates the Lebanese National Basketball Team that won the Arab Championship for the first time, beating Tunisia 72-69. Heartfelt wishes to the university’s own alumni on the team: Wael Arakji (BS ’16), Aziz Abdel Massih (BE ’20), Jad Khalil (BS ’21), Ali Mansour (BS ’06, MBA ’10), and Karim Zeinoun (BS ’21). (photo courtesy of Arab Basketball Federation)

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Machine Learning Bootcamp a Hit

More than 135 university students from various Lebanese universities, including LAU, took part in a Machine Learning bootcamp organized by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, in collaboration with the Logistics Automation and Artificial Intelligence student clubs. They benefited from seminars and hands-on training at the School of Engineering Labs and Research Center, under the supervision of 15 LAU seniors.

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Kudos to Alumnus Michel Kafrouny

At the outset of his career, Michel Kafrouny (BS ’17) is already receiving accolades. He has been named “Best Event Planner” in Faces Magazine’s Ottawa Awards 2022, a “people’s choice” list of outstanding professionals in many lines of work. And last year, the Canadian Association of Research Administrators recognized him with the “Best Community Builder” award for his efforts in engaging members and newcomers. May these mentions be the first of many.

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