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A New Book by Dr. Yasmine Taan

LAU Director of the Institute of Art in the Arab World Yasmine Taan has launched her fourth book in the Khatt Books Series, Mouna Bassili Sehnaoui: The First Lebanese Woman to Brand Her Nation about the first academically trained female graphic designer to set up a practice in the Arab region. In it, Dr. Taan delves into the cultural challenges that Sehnaoui faced, and how she went on to shape the Lebanese visual identity through her work for the National Council of Tourism.

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LAU’s Own Elected Olympic Ambassador for Lebanon

Mohamad Mawas (BS’16), Lead Athletics Coordinator and Teams Manager of the LAU Athletics Department, has been elected by the Lebanese Olympic Committee as the Olympic Ambassador for Lebanon for the 2024 Paris Olympics year. Last June, Mawas joined his fellow ambassadors from all over the world at the International Olympic Academy in Olympia, Greece, where they exchanged ideas about the legacy of the games and the crucial role sports play in promoting peace and human dignity.

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Fiscal Policy in Lebanon

The Center for Policy Analysis and the IMF co-organized a panel discussion titled Spotlight on Fiscal Policy to address Lebanon’s fiscal challenges and propose sustainable economic recovery strategies. Notable experts examined current fiscal policies and proposed reforms to adopt a medium-term fiscal strategy consistent with debt sustainability, enhance revenue generation, and improve public financial management. Dr. Leila Dagher, assistant to the president for Public Policy, stressed the importance of continued dialogue and collaboration among all stakeholders to achieve sustainable economic recovery. 

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Alum Simon Doueihy En Route to the Olympics

LAU swimmer Simon Doueihy (BS ’24) has qualified for the 2024 Olympics by achieving the highest World Aquatics Points in Lebanon in the 100m freestyle, clocking in at 49.69 seconds. Last year, he broke 11 national records and represented Lebanon at international championships, after a two-year hiatus during the pandemic that he ended by joining the LAU varsity swimming team in 2022. Ever proud of Doueihy’s and Laetitia Aoun’s outstanding talent, LAU will be cheering them on next month.

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The Intisar Foundation Steps Up for LAU, Again

The Intisar Foundation has made a generous donation to LAU’s Arab Institute for Women (AiW) to address the psychological trauma and violence experienced by Arab women using drama therapy. Founded by Kuwaiti philanthropist and member of the LAU Board of Trustees HE Sheikha Intisar AlSabah, the NGO will collaborate with the AiW on actionable research, advocacy and policy change focusing on women, peace and mental health. 

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LAUIH Partners With Techvitis

The LAU Industrial Hub (LAUIH) and Techvitis, a technology services group, have signed a partnership agreement that aims to offer LAU students professional experience and international exposure while providing state-of-the-art, cost-effective solutions to clients. The initiative underscores LAUIH’s commitment to ensuring valuable, paid learning opportunities for students, and Techvitis’ extensive experience in product advisory, software development, and technology services, to promote innovative projects and excellence in client delivery.

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LAU and the Lebanese Armed Forces Strive for National Welfare

Building on their existing partnerships, a new agreement between LAU and the Lebanese Armed Forces—under the auspices of the Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC)—paves the way for consolidating efforts to serve the Lebanese community. This strategic collaboration leverages LAU’s academic knowledge, research, expertise and resources across various fields to initiate impactful and sustainable community development projects and uplift the quality of life for all Lebanese citizens.

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Empowering the Community with Soft Skills

In line with LAU Libraries’ social responsibility goals outlined in its strategic plan, the LAU Libraries’ Reference and Information Literacy unit, in partnership with An Nawras cultural center, organized a roundtable discussion for inter-university students on May 14, 2024. Led by Reference and Information Literacy Librarian Joyce Draiby, the dialogue centered on fostering critical thinking and promoting social responsibility beyond academic boundaries. 

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LAU GASC and UNDP Cement Collaboration

The Global Affairs Service Center at LAU (LAU GASC) has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to foster sustainable development and empower the youth in Lebanon to become agents of change. This recent agreement builds on an existing collaboration between LAU GASC and UNDP’s Youth Leadership Program aimed at promoting innovative thinking and leadership among the youth to meet the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals, by broadening the scope of the projects.

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LAU Recognizes its Labor Force

The Human Resources Department hosted a Labor Day Lunch in honor of LAU’s labor force —more than 300 staff members (technicians, drivers, security personnel, and custodians)—whose service to the university is vital. Joined by the provost, VPs, deans and executives, President Michel E. Mawad honored 62 staff members who have been working at LAU for 10, 20 and 30 years with trophies and certificates.

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