In Brief

LAU and the Lebanese Armed Forces Strive for National Welfare

Building on their existing partnerships, a new agreement between LAU and the Lebanese Armed Forces—under the auspices of the Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC)—paves the way for consolidating efforts to serve the Lebanese community. This strategic collaboration leverages LAU’s academic knowledge, research, expertise and resources across various fields to initiate impactful and sustainable community development projects and uplift the quality of life for all Lebanese citizens.


LAU GASC and UNDP Cement Collaboration

The Global Affairs Service Center at LAU (LAU GASC) has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to foster sustainable development and empower the youth in Lebanon to become agents of change. This recent agreement builds on an existing collaboration between LAU GASC and UNDP’s Youth Leadership Program aimed at promoting innovative thinking and leadership among the youth to meet the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals, by broadening the scope of the projects.


LAU ACE Partners With Me3margi

Under a new agreement, the Academy of Continuing Education (ACE) will collaborate with Me3margi—a capacity builder dedicated to engineers and architects—to bridge the gap between theory and practice and help jobseekers upskill or reskill for the latest market requirements. To that end, ACE and Me3margi, which is a certified Continuing Development Program (CPD) member and CPD provider–UK, will launch an Associate Diploma in Construction Management and a Diploma in Certified Site Expert.


LAU Partners With the American University of Armenia

A new agreement between LAU and the American University of Armenia (AUA)  will open doors for student-and-faculty mobility exchange and research collaborations. AUA offers graduate and undergraduate programs that span the fields of business, education, translation, economics, engineering, law, diplomacy and public health, among others. It has been added to the long list of LAU partner institutions through the Office of International Services and Programs.


Catalyzing Industrial Innovation

The School of Engineering at LAU recently welcomed delegates from the LIRA Innovation Program 2024, designed to promote collaboration between industry and academia to empower the Lebanese industrial sector through innovation. The program, backed by the EU-funded “Lebanon Innovate,” provides incubation support and facilitates funding for and implementation of research projects by engineering students and faculties to help build a knowledge-based economy.



MoU with the Association of Lebanese Industrialists

In the latest strategic move to bridge academia and industry, LAU’s Department of Economics has spearheaded an MoU between LAU and the Association of Lebanese Industrialists that aims to boost the Lebanese economy, promote innovation and create jobs. By integrating academic research and knowledge with applications in industry, the collaboration will provide students and faculty at LAU’s Department of Economics with opportunities for experiential learning and applied research.


LAU Adds UPenn to List of International Partner Institutions

Thanks to a five-year agreement with the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) College of Liberal and Professional Studies, LAU students can now benefit from study abroad opportunities at the college. UPenn is an Ivy League research-driven university, and one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the US. Interested students can reach out to the LAU International Services and Programs Office for more information.


LAU Partners With Télécom Paris

A memorandum of understanding was signed this month between LAU and Télécom Paris—France’s leading engineering school in digital technologies—to promote cooperation in research, knowledge exchange, student mobility and internships for students at LAU’s School of Engineering. Founded in 1878, Télécom Paris is known for its teaching excellence, international outlook and high rate of employability. Through this partnership, the two institutions aim to foster academic excellence and cultural diversity.


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.


Partnership for Continuing Education

The Academy of Continuing Education (ACE) at LAU has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Heart and Arrows Ltd (H&A) which specializes in professional training and continuing education in Lebanon and Cyprus. The ACE will work with H&A on establishing and conducting several continuing education programs at the latter’s center in Nicosia and online. LAU’s mission, said LAU President Michel E. Mawad, has always involved investing in talent cultivation “as the sine qua non for sustainable development.”


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