In Brief

Sami Garabedian Elected to the AUSF Executive Board

LAU Senior Director of Athletics and Senior Instructor of Physical Education Sami Garabedian has been elected as Assessor on the new Executive Board of the Asian University Sports Federation (AUSF). Garabedian was voted in at the elections held on the margins of a meeting of the General Assembly of the Continental Federation in Dubai for his successful promotion of Lebanon’s university sports as President of the Lebanese Federation of University Sports.


LAU Volunteers Recognized by “MMKN”

Non-Governmental Organization MMKN recognized its volunteers, LAU students among them, at a ceremony on May 4. In partnership with the NGO through its Outreach and Civic Engagement Department, LAU has since 2011 helped recruit and train student volunteers in running educational reinforcement sessions for public school students. The event hosted other partners of the NGO, including the Lebanese Ministry of Higher Education.


Connecting Students and Alumni with Top Employers

Extending over a week, the hybrid LAU Spring 2023 Career Fair brought leading employers to LAU campuses. Meanwhile, and building on a long list of services available to students, the Office of Career Development ran an interactive campaign enticing students to perfect their elevator pitch, prepare a resumé and get to know more about the participating firms.


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.


LAU Awards 87 Scholarships to High-School Students

Over two days, the LAU Beirut campus teemed with 1,200 high-school students from 190 schools across Lebanon to attend the final conference for LAU’s Model Arab League, Model European Union, and Model Good Governance. A total of 87 high schoolers were rewarded with scholarships for their excellent performance. For the past year, the young delegates have been trained and guided by 202 LAU student leaders of the simulation models secretariat.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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