In Brief

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


LAU Participates in AAHC Annual Meeting

Dr. Sola Aoun Bahous, interim dean of the LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine, was recently invited by the Association of Academic Health Centers to take part in its all-virtual 2021 annual meeting. Based on her “experience and leadership during COVID-19,” Dr. Bahous was requested to address the ways in which the pandemic impacted the role of academic health centers in education transformation.


ASCE Award for LAU Civil Engineers

Following last year’s commendation, the LAU Student Chapter of the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) has earned the Distinguished Chapter Award, given to the most outstanding chapter in the region. It was also recognized for its “exemplary community service benefitting others,” namely its disaster response to the Beirut Port explosion and assisting the community with recovery efforts.


SOE Faculty Contributes to World Bank Study

Following the explosion at the Port of Beirut, LAU Assistant Professor Nabil Nehme joined a World Bank effort to run a Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment action plan, in his capacity as faculty representing the civil society. Last month, the World Bank issued a report on global best practices in port governance and border management reforms, acknowledging Dr. Nehme.
Photo credit: Ipsos Risk Analytics/World Bank.



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