LAU’s academic collaboration and partnership with Lebanese NGO the Makhzoumi Foundation was sealed this week with the signing of a contractual agreement. Students from LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine (SOM) will benefit from the facilities, equipment, services, and personnel of the outpatient health care provider, offering care to their patients and gaining the experience necessary as part of their education.
The ongoing global economic instability has seen philanthropic capital in higher education decline, prompting university fundraisers to exert more efforts to attract existing funds.
“In a time of economic crisis, fundraising becomes more challenging and one has to be creative and innovative to achieve the desired target,” says Nassib Nasr, assistant vice president for Development at LAU. “This decade is not for education but for innovation,” he adds.
“I consider private initiative as the main source for growth and development,” said Adnan Kassar, chairman and major shareholder of Fransabank. “Perhaps this explains my deep involvement in chambers of commerce and industry, which I consider as organizers for private initiative and for bringing about socio-economic growth and development.”
When Tunisian vegetable seller Mohammed Bouazizi committed suicide in January 2011 following police humiliation, he quickly became a symbol of the Arab world’s disenfranchised youth. His death ignited the so-called “Arab Spring,” with popular protests led by young people quickly sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East.
Three years on, the malaise among Arab youth is yet to be remedied. Recognizing that efforts must be made to better understand the needs of young Arabs, three LAU professors have teamed up with 14 international institutions to research the matter.
LAU’s alumni chapter in Dubai has raised over $600,000 towards financial aid. At its annual gala dinner on April 24, attended by over 500 people, the Dubai chapter also honored Minister of Higher Learning and Education Elias Bou Saab.
In the latest show of their ongoing commitment to their alma mater, LAU alumni in the Gulf have raised significant funds towards financial aid.
Huge numbers of alumni and local residents attended annual gala dinners in Abu Dhabi and Muscat in March. At both events, major donations were made to support student scholarships.
Midis Group this week established a generous scholarship at LAU to assist needy and deserving students from the School of Engineering, School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Business.
LAU formally inaugurated the state-of-the-art Chagoury Health Sciences Center at the Byblos campus on March 31.
An LAU student has discovered a simple way to conserve the blue gold by using waste-water from air conditioners.