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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.

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President Mawad Visits Iraq and Meets with Prime Minister

In line with the university’s mission to deliver holistic education and healthcare beyond borders, LAU President Michel E. Mawad, accompanied by the VP for Business Development and Global Affairs Elie Badr, took a trip to Baghdad, where he met with Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’ Al Sudani to discuss future collaborations in healthcare and higher education. The visit also included meetings with several entrepreneurs, real estate developers and healthcare professionals based in Iraq.

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LAU Simulation Programs Underway

UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka, Secretary General of LAUSM Shady Abi Fares, LAU officials, school principals, LAU secretariat, diplomats and UN representatives gathered to inaugurate LAU’s youth leadership simulation programs on October 1. Kristof Kleeman from the Friedrich Naumann Foundation participated through a videotaped message. Registration is still open. So far 159 schools with 3,594 students and 273 advisors have joined.

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New Links with Lebanon’s Public Administration

LAU has signed a partnership agreement with the Lebanese Customs, following similar agreements with other governmental institutions. The university will offer tuition grants for officers, members, and retirees, as well as their spouses and children, thus providing access to LAU undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs. Customs will provide internships for LAU students, and may sponsor academic conferences.

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LAU Students Win First and Second Prizes at the SDG Brain Lab

Two LAU student teams took first and second prizes at the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Brain Lab competition, organized by the UN Global Compact Network Lebanon (GCNL). The first prize winners had proposed a digital solution for cancer patients and their caregivers, while the second prize winners designed an app to help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, addressing SDG 3 and SDG 4 respectively.

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Young Leaders Celebrated and Awarded Scholarships

LAU’s flagship simulation programs held their final conferences over the weekend of April 9-10 on Beirut campus. The Model Arab League in its 11th edition, the Model European Union in its sixth, the Model African Union in its third, and the Model Good Governance in its second brought together over 1,000 delegates, and recognized top students with 68 LAU scholarships.

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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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SoAS Launches Development Program for Armenian Schools

The Department of Social and Education Sciences at LAU’s School of Arts and Sciences and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal launched the two-year Teacher Professional Development Program for Armenian schools in Lebanon during a hybrid ceremony on November 4. The program serves to help the schools incorporate innovative teaching and develop methods that facilitate the acquisition of the language.

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Students Raise Funds for Lebanese Food Bank

LAU’s Nutrition and Food Science Club raised LBP 10,145,500 to fund and distribute food boxes to people in need. One of many efforts by the Nutrition Program to alleviate food insecurity, “the fundraiser goes toward achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 2 – Zero Hunger – in Lebanon,” explained Dr. Hussein Hassan, associate professor of Food Science and club advisor.

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