A sense of accomplishment swept across Byblos campus this summer as an exceptional group of students received their diplomas.
The nine scholars who graduated on May 21 are part of a unique group of 53 undergraduates enrolled in LAU’s Middle East Partnerships Initiative’s-Tomorrow’s Leaders (LAU-MEPI TL) program. Jointly funded by the U.S. Department of State and the university, LAU-MEPI TL provides full scholarships for promising students from across the Arab world to study at LAU.
For donating the land that made its Byblos campus possible, LAU recently honored the family of Salim Zakhem. At a ceremony on May 11 attended by ambassadors, politicians, dignitaries and LAU alum, President Dr. Joseph G. Jabbra presented Salim’s son, George, with a shield “in recognition of what [his] family has done for LAU.”
The life and works of the late poet Jawdat Haydar were the subject of a day-long international conference at LAU on April 24. Scholars from as far afield as the U.S., India and Africa came together for the first annual international conference on his legacy.
Several members of Haydar’s family also attended the event, which was organized by the School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Humanities in collaboration with the Friends of Jawdat R. Haydar Organization.
As the erudite playwright Oscar Wilde once noted, “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
At LAU’s second annual fundraising gala dinner on March 16, the worlds of fashion and education came together seamlessly with the formal launching of the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Fashion Design in collaboration with Elie Saab.
LAU has had a campus in the Byblos hills since 1991. Thanks to a recent donation, it now has a presence in Byblos’ historical city - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - too.
On February 21, the Cardahi family announced they had donated the premises of the Louis Cardahi Museum and Foundation to the university. Comprising a beautiful stone house and surrounding land with extensive views of Byblos, the Cardahi grounds and mission will now be under LAU’s charge.