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LAUers Take Part in GCIMUN as “Pioneers of Peace”

Over 50 LAU students and alumni volunteers stepped onto the world stage at the Global Classrooms International Model United Nations conference, this year themed “Pioneers of Peace,” which took place last month at the UN Headquarters in New York City, where they joined close to 800 delegates from around the world. The LAUers geared up for the opening ceremony just a few blocks away at the LAU New York branch campus.

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A Dialogue on Emotional Intelligence

On April 20, 2024, the LAU Libraries Readers’ Club, along with the Institute of Management and Services (IMS), brought together 12 women from various local communities in an open discussion about emotional intelligence with tips and techniques on self-control. The event in Maad was led by LAU Principal Student Life Project Manager Alan Kairouz. The initiative speaks to the LAU Libraries’ social responsibility goals and strategic plan.

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LAU Faculty Collaborate on Health-Focused Research

Dr. Rana Rizk will co-lead two collaborative research projects funded by the Research Incentive Fund grant at Zayed University, UAE. Focused on optimizing health outcomes, the projects will explore nutrition teaching strategies in higher education and the effectiveness of the plant-dominant low-protein diet (PLADO) in managing chronic kidney disease through a randomized controlled trial at the LAU Medical Center–Rizk Hospital, with Ms. Joelle Abi Kharma and Dr. Hala Kilani contributing as researchers.

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Nutrition Postgrad Selected For Protein Production Training

Winner of the Food Security Competition and MS in Nutrition student Ranim Assi (BS ‘23) was selected to attend the Alternative Protein Production and Techno-Functional Characterization Training School at Ege University, Turkey, from March 6–8. This will be an enriching experience for Assi, said SoAS Interim Dean Haidar Harmanani, noting that “her success underscores her hard work and the high level of education that the faculty and the program consistently provide.”

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Dr. El Helou Leads Nationwide Mass Casualty Training

Dr. Mariana El Helou, clinical assistant professor and head of Emergency Medicine at the Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine, led a three-day training workshop on Mass Casualty Management held by the WHO and the Ministry of Public Health. Hospital leaders from across Lebanon attended. Dr. El Helou, who holds leadership roles in international health organizations, is dedicated to sharing her ER and disaster management expertise to help enhance emergency preparedness in local hospitals.

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LAU ACE Expands Physical Presence in the UAE and Saudi Arabia

Stepahead Holding has joined forces with the LAU Academy of Continuing Education (ACE) to set up a physical presence in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. This partnership will encompass both in-person and online ACE programs. Upon successfully completing the programs, participants will be awarded ACE diplomas and certifications.

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For a Cause and a Course

In line with the university’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, three business students, Katia Slim, Cynthia Abdel Khalik and Sari Daoud, organized a drive that raised a considerable number of books, clothes and bags for Ahla Fawda NGO. Their efforts were part of the course requirements for a project-management class, MGT401, delivered by Assistant Professor Samar Aad-Makhoul at the Adnan Kassar School of Business.

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The Readers’ Club Engages Youth in Local Communities

In pursuit of its mission to grow its national outreach and empower readers, the LAU Libraries Readers’ Club partnered with the Institute of Management and Services to host a roundtable book discussion for young girls in Maad village, Byblos. In line with the LAU Libraries’ strategic goal to promote social responsibility, the club anticipates sparking further intellectual dialogues and building connections within rural communities around the country.

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The SM Secretariat Gears Up for a New Edition

The LAU Simulation Models (SM) sprang into action with the selection and recruitment of the new secretariat, the driving force behind organizing and implementing the different simulation models. More than 300 LAU student leaders attended the Secretariat Training Camp on September 17. A shortlist of candidates will be reviewed in a follow-up session on September 23 to form this year’s secretariat.

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High-School Teachers and Counselors Gain Valuable Skills at LAU

LAU hosted more than 100 teachers and counselors from 52 schools for professional-development workshops. They were trained in career coaching in the era of Artificial Intelligence and learned about career prospects for health, engineering, art and design professions. They also toured the labs, studios and facilities on the Byblos campus, where the event was held on September 9. 

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