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MEPI TLG: Youth Leadership Through Interdisciplinary Knowledge Production

In partnership with the Middle East Partnership Initiative, the American University of Beirut and the American University in Cairo, LAU closed the inaugural year for Tomorrow’s Leaders Graduate Program (TLG) with a virtual conference: Youth Leadership Through Interdisciplinary Knowledge Production. The two-day event showcased, acknowledged and celebrated students’ achievements, particularly in producing full-fledged research.

MEPI TLS Scholars “Tailor a Path to Success”

In partnership with the Middle East Partnership Initiative, LAU’s AiW and UN Women, the university closed the inaugural year for Tomorrow’s Leaders Gender Scholars Program (TLS) with a conference titled A Tailored Path to Success.
During the online event, scholars reflected on experiential learning, put their advocacy skills to work, and presented outstanding gender research and evidence-based policy papers.

SPE Student Chapter Awarded Excellence Award

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) has awarded the 2021 Excellence Award to LAU’s Student Chapter, recognizing them among the top 20 worldwide, for the second year in a row. Associate Professor and Petroleum Engineering Program Coordinator Caesar Abi Shdid said that “winning this award despite Lebanon’s compounded challenges is testament to the resilience of LAU’s students.”

Final Review for Fine Arts Graduates

The graduating class of fine arts students exhibited their work on May 24 at Sheikh Zayed Gallery. The six students – Yara Chaalan, Nancy El Jabi, Elisabeth Habre, Ahmad Khalife, Anna Naufal, and Mary Yamine – shared their final year collections, impressing the jury and visitors with their rich theoretical reflections and visual talent expressed across several media.

Tatyana Antoun’s Collection Featured in Fashion Film

Vamata, a collection by Tatyana Antoun (BFA, Fashion Design ’18) was featured in Museum Leila, a fashion film commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum in collaboration with Contemporary Art from the Middle East. Antoun’s work – “power dressing that offered the possibility of detaching from her social role” – had earned the Prix du Jury at LAU’s 2018 graduate fashion show.

Alumna’s Film Reaps Awards

Untold, a film by LAU alumna Sara Fouladkar (BA ’21) won Best First Time Director Award at the Art Film Awards Festival and the Jury Special Award Best Short Film at the Europe Film Festival. It tells the story of a young woman facing trauma and anxiety amid COVID-19 and the August 4 Beirut explosion. She dedicated the film to “those struggling on their own.”

Elie Saab Oversees Promotion 2021 Jury

The graduating cohort of fashion design students showed their collections in the presence of Mr. Elie Saab during a closed jury at LAU. The visit, said Director of the Fashion Design Program Silia Abou Arbid, provided “a valuable opportunity for hearing new ideas, encouraging students to critically evaluate their development, carry exploration, and revise or assert decisions before the runway show.”  

Coding for the Future

LAU Tomorrow’s Leaders undergraduate program (TLU) scholar Manel Benabid, who is a computer science major, volunteered her time and skills at World Learning Algeria to teach high schoolers the basics of programming and coding. Through interactive, free-of-charge courses, her students were able to develop problem solving skills creatively.

ASCE Distinguished Chapter Award for LAU

LAU was the only university outside the US to receive the Distinguished Chapter Award from the American Society for Civil Engineers, placing it in the same league as top university student chapters worldwide. “The credit,” said Civil Engineering Chair Caesar Abi Shdid, “goes to the students, the student chapter leadership board, and their faculty advisor and mentor Dr. John El-Khoury.”

Fighting Gender Inequality in the Film Industry

Two students from the LAU Tomorrow’s Leaders Gender Scholars Program (TLS) worked on a research paper to raise awareness on gender inequality in the film industry. TV and film majors Faysal Al Haddad and Ouday Yahya interviewed fellow female students at LAU, collected international data, critiqued scholarly work, and attended webinars by gender experts to build their argument.

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