In Brief

Empowering Women Technologists

Eleven LAU female students, along with seven from AUB and seven from the Lebanese University, took part in a five-month fellowship program for non-senior undergrads that equips the next generation of Lebanese women technologists with the skills needed to transition into careers in tech post-university. The Women in Tech’s Lebnet Fellowship program closed on May 26, 2023, in a ceremony at AUB during which successful candidates received their certificates of completion.


Gearing Up for the Graduate Fashion Show

This year’s cohort of 10 fashion design seniors presented their work-in-progress to Mr. Elie Saab, who gave them invaluable advice and guidance in a closed jury session held on April 11 at the School of Architecture and Design. They will continue to develop and improve their collections ahead of the annual graduate fashion show, due to take place at the Gezairi Building rooftop on June 12.


Hospitality Students Get a Taste of Excellence at HORECA

LAU hospitality and tourism students won top prizes at the annual HORECA Exhibit which took place at the Seaside Arena last week. Under the mentorship of Practice Assistant Instructor Ibrahim Haddad, Malakeh Safsouf won a gold medal in the Dessert Éclair Category, while Hiba Fakih scored the silver medal in the Open Sandwich Category. The Adnan Kassar School of Business congratulated the winners on their culinary achievements.


Graphic Design Student Wins at Dubai Lynx

LAU Graphic Design student Dana El Ariss came second in the Student Integrated Competition at the Dubai Lynx Festival held on March 15. Supervised and mentored by part-time faculty at the School of Architecture and Design Joumana Ibrahim (BS ’03), LAU students have regularly entered the festival and won, and this year scored seven shortlists across two categories.


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.


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 Launches BE in Chemical Engineering

In response to local and regional market needs, LAU has launched a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering that equips students with theoretical and experiential knowledge in the field. By specializing in energy, environmental engineering, or separation and process control, students will be able to design sustainable, competitive, and environmentally friendly processes from the molecular to the industrial level. The program will kick off in fall 2023 on Byblos campus.


Nursing Students Tell their Stories with Drama Therapy

The Alice Ramez Chagoury School of Nursing organized a drama therapy workshop in collaboration with renowned actress Zeina Daccache for nursing students. They used drama therapy as a tool to express their feelings and bolster their social and team skills. The workshop is another example of the university’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG 3: Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Wellbeing.


Aviation in Practice

To help students of the Airline Operations and Industry Practices course put theory to practice, the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management organized a field trip to Middle East Airlines (MEA) headquarters at Rafic Hariri International Airport. The students enjoyed a first-hand experience of the industry, from managerial tasks, route structuring and flight scheduling to marketing strategies. They also attended a real-life presentation of the classes held in the MEA training center and a demonstration of the simulators for both pilots’ and civil aviation technicians’ training.


Connecting Students With Industry

An experiential-learning event gave students of Intro to Applied Data Analytics the chance to present their dashboards to a jury from leading companies. Unilever, BMB Smart, Matrix and CME offered winners of the Data Visualization Competition internships and CIATEK gave a $1,000 prize. The competition, held by AKSOB’s Department of Information Technology and Operations Management along with LAU’s Academy of Continuing Education addressed UN SDGs 4,8,11 and 17. Similar events will continue, said Dr. Manal Yunis, ITOM chair.


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