When it comes to choosing where to go to university, there are many things students have to consider: is it the right course, are there dorms to live in, is financial aid available? But for many young scholars, the most decisive factor will be whether a university is disabilities-friendly.
LAU hosted the closing ceremony of its annual Model United Nations (MUN) conference on March 2, celebrating the biggest and most successful program to date.
More than 500 middle school students from over 60 schools across Lebanon participated in the Fourth Annual Middle School Global Classrooms LAU MUN Conference. MUN simulates the organizational work and structure of the United Nations, with students participating as delegates to various UN Committees. The students research, formulate and advocate political positions based on the actual policies of the countries they represent.
LAU inaugurated on February 15 its Third Model Arab League (MAL) program, designed to teach students the power of conflict resolution and communication.
Around 800 students from 80 schools across Lebanon will participate in this year’s MAL, which is accredited by the National Council on U.S.–Arab Relations and held in partnership with the Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development.
Students on the Beirut campus now have a home away from home, following the recent opening of the Widad Khoury Student Center.
Located at the corner of Upper Gate, the 4,307m2 building connects to Nicol Hall via a spacious and futuristic revamped cafeteria. The ultra-modern center was designed so that students “could have a place they feel is solely theirs,” said Dr. Raed Mohsen, Dean of Students for the Beirut campus. “They can meet to listen to music, play games, socialize, or study.”
LAU offers some of the most prestigious athletic scholarships in the region, helping the best student athletes realize their full potential.
The scholarships, usually 15 per cent of tuition but rising to 25 per cent in exceptional circumstances, can be combined with other forms of financial aid. To top it off, LAU grants two additional scholarships to distinguished “Athletes of the Year”. Approximately ten new scholarships per campus are offered every year.
One of Lebanon’s premier centers for early childhood education reopens to the public on LAU’s Beirut campus this month.
With 18 religious groups recognized in parliament, a complicated confessional system and a myriad of political upheavals, Lebanon is sometimes a tricky place for even Middle Eastern political analysts to understand. In his new book, The Government and Politics of Lebanon, published by Routledge, Dr. Imad Salamey, associate professor of political science, hopes to dispel some of the clouds that surround Lebanon’s political system. LAU put a few questions to Salamey following his recent book signing ceremony at the International Arab Book Fair to learn more.
Dr. Irma-Kaarina Ghosn, associate professor at the School of Arts and Sciences and director of the Institute for Peace and Justice Education, has recently published a book for teachers. The handbook, Reach a Child—Teach a Child: Creating caring, child-friendly and engaging learning environments, is the result of a two-year teacher development project involving 30 teachers from schools in North Lebanon. LAU sat down with Ghosn to learn more.
Why did you write this handbook?
Research into eating disorders is not only thin on the ground in Lebanon, it is completely nonexistent. When Dr. Nadine Zeeni joined LAU as assistant professor and coordinator of the Nutrition Department in 2009, having found no research on the illnesses in the country, she decided to start her own.