In Brief

LAU MUN Signs Off with 83 Scholarships Granted

Following weeks of rigorous leadership building, the LAU Model United Nations program held a two-day final conference, hosting more than 1,800 high and middle schoolers from 190 schools on the Byblos campus. The event was attended by UN Special Coordinator to Lebanon Joanna Wronecka, who applauded the efforts of 202 LAU student leaders at the helm of the program. The top-performing delegates were awarded 83 LAU scholarships.


Illness, Writing and Healing

The Continuing Medical Education Office at the school of medicine inaugurated its Medical Humanities Lecture Series by hosting SoAS Assistant Professor of Creative and Journalistic Writing Sleiman El-Hajj among others to expound on the importance of humanities in the medical field. “In the absence of local stories that students can learn from or identify with,” said Dr. El-Hajj, “the need for them to narrate their personal experience about illness is all the more pressing.”


Putting an End to the Gender Digital Divide

The Arab Institute for Women hosted the Beirut-based panel of the Fifth Athena 40 Global Conversation. Titled Innovation, Change and Education for Women in the Digital Age, the panel featured Dr. Samira Korfali, former associate professor at LAU, Dr. Nancy Fayad, LAU postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Tamara El Zein, secretary general of the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research, and Founder of Recycle Lebanon Joslin Kehdy.


Expert Panel Discussion Spreads Timely Knowledge on Lebanese Oil and Gas

A student-initiated panel discussion hosted President of the Syndicate of Oil and Gas Workers Maroun Khawly and Head of Geology and Geophysics at the Lebanese Petroleum Administration Wissam Chbat. It was organized jointly by the LAU student chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Civic Welfare Club and the International Affairs Club.


Medical Education Grants Dean Sola Aoun Bahous the Choice Critics Award

Medical Education, a leading international journal that publishes scholarly papers on healthcare education, has recognized LAU Dean of the Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine Sola Aoun Bahous with a Choice Critics Award for her exceptional contributions to the journal.


Aftermath of the Beirut Blast

LAU has screened BeirutThe Aftermath, a documentary by Lebanese artist and filmmaker Fadia Ahmad chronicling the damage caused by the horrific explosion in the Port of Beirut on August 4, 2020. Brimming with testimonials from those affected, the film is particularly aimed at “incentivizing the youth to bring about change,” said Ahmad, in the hope that they will seize this second chance at survival. Ahmad also showcased her innovative and poignant art at LAU in her photography exhibition 50 Shades of Blue.


Radiance: Celebrating Nature

In her recent art exhibition, Radiance, at LAU, nationally recognized painter and art teacher Aida Halloum showcased her translation of rural and urban landscapes, blending both nature and imagination together as a means to explore “paradise on earth and in the hereafter,” said SoAS Dean Jenainati. To that extent, Dr. Jenainati was thrilled to witness diverse students engaging with the exhibition, and she aspires to “host Ms. Halloum again in the future.”


Vana Rezian Earns Membership in International Society

Graphic Design student Vana Rezian completed the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) 2022 Student Assessment Scheme and was awarded an ISTD membership on January 20 via an online award ceremony. According to their website, the scheme is assessed by a jury of practicing designers and educators, who judge the students’ design process holistically and not just the final outcome.


LAU Libraries Enter New Partnership that Gives Access to School Students

Students from the Monsif International School can now access LAU Libraries through a formal subscription plan signed with the university, which includes training and information sessions on how to use the library facilities. This step underscores the university’s commitment to Quality Education and Sustainable Cities and Communities, two of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); SDGs 4 and 11, respectively.


Nutrition Alumna Wins Prestigious Scholarship

Zeinab Elbatoul Sbaiti (BS ’19 with distinction) has won the prestigious Chevening Scholarship – a highly competitive scholarship with only 2-3 percent acceptance rate – to pursue an MS program in the UK. SoAS Dean Jenainati congratulated Sbaiti on becoming the first Chevening scholar among LAU’s Nutrition & Dietetics alumni. In turn, Sbaiti wrote to the LAU leadership extending her gratitude to her alma mater for the enriching experience that helped her grow personally and professionally.


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