In Brief

QS Ranks LAU No. 2 in Lebanon

The 2021 QS Arab Region University Rankings has ranked LAU second in Lebanon and 14th in the region, up one place up from 2020. Major strengths were once again Employer Reputation – placing 4th regionally, up from 8th in 2020 – and Citations per Paper, where it ranked first in Lebanon, a testament to the quality and impact of its research.

Dr. Jad Melki Receives Shoman Award

LAU Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies Jad Melki received the Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers – the second such award for LAU – for his work on the impact of social media in the Arab world. Among his recent publications are Media Uses and Trust during the protests and Mitigating Infodemics: Media Uses in Lebanon During the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Alumna Paper Published in OBVIA

Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at Laval University Nadia Naffi (BS ‘95) has recently published a white paper investigating the disruption of teaching and learning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. LAU Associate Professors and Assistants to the Provost Drs. Barbar Akle and Rula Diab contributed to the paper and will join an online symposium on October 2 as a follow-up.

Win for SArD Faculty’s Proposal

SArD Assistant Professor of Practice Marwan Zouein and his team shared the winning prize for their entry at the Beyond Cement Competition, focused on the environmental, economic and urban challenges facing Chekka, Koura and the Collar Towns. The team’s proposal called for restoring the existing quarried landscape by recreating alternative agricultural practices based on the principle of agroforestry.  

LAU Ranked in Nature Index

LAU has ranked second in Lebanon and among the top 15 in the Arab world in the Nature Index 2020, an indicator of global high-quality research output and collaboration. The Nature Index tracks contributions to research articles published in 82 high-quality natural science journals,  selected on reputation by an independent panel of leading scientists in their fields.

LAU Research Reaches Forbes

An LAU study published by Forbes and renowned media platforms has reached the top 5 percent and 98th percentile of all research output ever tracked by Altmetric. This underscores “the quality of research at LAU and its impact locally and internationally,” says AKSOB Assistant Professor of Marketing Omar Itani, who took part in the study.

A Hundred Years Since Greater Lebanon

The Center for Lebanese Heritage (CLH) has released a special issue of Mirrors of Heritage to mark the centennial of the declaration of the State of Greater Lebanon. This issue features never-before published scripts and documents from that era. For the launch, President Jabbra and CLH Director Henri Zoghaib held a special press event on Beirut campus.

The Exoskeleton Put to the Test

On March 18, UNDP Lebanon Climate Change Champion Michael Haddad walked 5km in Ouyoun El Simane as a first step in his preparatory journey for the North Pole initiative, to test the exoskeleton developed by LAU’s SOE and evaluate his physical performance on the snow. Michael will be crossing 100km in the North Pole to raise awareness of the devastating consequences of climate change.

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