In Brief

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.


LAU GASC Facilitates Open Finance Capacity Building in KSA

The Global Affairs Service Center at LAU has partnered with a global open finance platform, Ozone API, to upskill and enable national talents through The Financial Academy in KSA. This capacity-building tripartite initiative will help professionals pursue and acquire cutting-edge knowledge in open banking and finance while contributing to the kingdom’s Vision 2030 to foster more than 500 entities in financial technology.


Brazil Ambassador Visits LAU

Brazilian ambassador Tarcísio Costa visited LAU President Michel E. Mawad last week in Beirut. They discussed the renewal of a memorandum of understanding for academic cooperation, student exchanges and seminars, especially in the medical field.


The LAU Industrial Hub Partners with Iteration 360

The LAU Industrial Hub (LAUIH) and Iteration 360 have partnered, with support from Microsoft, to offer targeted opportunities for students’ growth in tech. The collaboration includes training, certification, paid internships, and potential hiring. The interns will work in software development and enterprise resource planning across different industries, using Microsoft Dynamics and Power Tools, among others. This initiative aligns with LAUIH’s commitment to facilitate paid, experiential learning for students.


New Beginnings for 79 USAID Higher Education Scholars

Since 2010, the USAID Higher Education Scholarship Program has benefitted 871 academically excelling students, by covering their undergraduate education and enriching their university experience with civic engagement and professional development opportunities. Last week, a new cohort of 58 Lebanese scholars and 21 non-Lebanese scholars was welcomed on campus for orientation.


SOE and Synopsys Collaboration Forges Ahead

Synopsys VP of Engineering Weikai Sun recently met with the School of Engineering (SOE) Dean Michel Khoury, Associate Dean Caesar Abi Shdid, and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department Dani Tannir to discuss the ongoing collaboration with the company, which entails the launch of a new course at the SOE this fall, a software license donation and several initiatives that will equip ECE students with invaluable skills to work in the industry. 


Partnership to Boost Opportunities in Tech

Cementing a strategic collaboration, the LAU Industrial Hub has entered an MOU with Middle East Technology for Consultancy and Services (MET-CS). This partnership will foster advancements in R&D, facilitate comprehensive training, and generate employment opportunities for our students. Making use of the LAU Industrial Hub’s facilities, MET-CS will steer our students toward obtaining industry certifications and supporting our shared commitment to elevate the standard of information technology solutions.


IELTS Exam Now Available at LAU

As a result of the partnership with Netcom Systems Testing Centre, LAU will soon start administering the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam – a proficiency test accepted by academic institutions, employers, and immigration authorities worldwide – on both its campuses. The first IELTS exam will be held on the Beirut campus on May 27. The English Entrance Exam (EEE) is also available at LAU. Click here for more information.


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 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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