In Brief

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.


SOE Collaboration with Synopsys Gains Momentum

Forging ahead with an academic partnership, SOE Dean Michel Khoury and ECE Department Chair Dani Tannir recently met with Synopsys VP of Engineering Weikai Sun along with SiliconCedars founder Paul Tauk. The collaboration with Synopsys, a leading company in the electronic design automation of integrated circuits, will include assistance to the school’s programs through software tools, research and senior project support, in addition to potential internship and employment opportunities for students.


Collaboration with Unilever Opens Doors for Business Students

The Adnan Kassar School of Business has initiated a new collaboration with multinational giant, Unilever, on a senior marketing course project that would help expose students to the fast-moving consumer goods industry and earn valuable internships. The partnership follows similar opportunities available to LAU students across the board. The company had previously worked closely with LAU on several projects, among which the student-led national Case Competition.  


MEPI-TLSer’s Research on Gender and Reform Receives Recognition

Electrical engineering student and Middle East Partnership Initiative (US MEPI) Gender Scholar Pia Kattoura was selected to give a presentation at the end-of-year conference on a gender-inclusive public sector in Lebanon and the region. Impressed by her insights, communications skills, and policy paper, US MEPI leaders invited her to share her research and contribute to current work in anti-corruption reform.


Graphic Design Seniors Exhibit their Journeys, Visually

Topping off a journey that was marked by their pivot to online learning, LAU’s graphic design seniors aptly named their annual exhibit “*22 Bit” in reference to the most basic unit of information in digital communications. Through it, the 12 students showcased the outcome of their academic journeys and their aptitude to produce innovative, socially responsible designs with the latest technology.


Architecture Students Spend a Term at Kent State

Reaching out to LAU students amid this economic crisis, the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University generously offered six fully-paid scholarships for LAU architecture students covering the spring 2022 semester. Dean Elie Haddad expressed his gratitude to Dean Mark Mistur for this wonderful initiative, a “testimony to the persistence of goodwill, the human desire for building bridges and the great values of American higher education.” Read more. (Archive photo)


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