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.
Around 40 LAU students and faculty visited the Shatila refugee camp on November 17 to raise awareness about diabetes.
As the Ghanaian proverb “Obi do wo a na oba wo fi” goes, a person keeps the company of the one they love.
It was LAU’s love for its alumni that took it to Ghana this week, where it formally inaugurated the university’s first ever alumni chapter in Africa.
“Our alumni matter to us because although they have graduated, they are still a part of LAU’s close-knit family,” said LAU President Dr. Joseph G. Jabbra upon his return from Accra. “We make an effort to keep in touch and to ensure that the university responds to their needs.”
Thanks to the generosity of Maryland-based Lebanese expatriates Annie and Sami Totah, LAU is pleased to have awarded a new scholarship for high-achieving students this semester.
Known as the Sami and Annie Totah Scholarship, this $5,000 award was established as a way to provide academically gifted Lebanese students with the financial support that they need to pursue their dreams through higher education.
Lebanon’s premier banker Dr. Raymond Audi and his spouse May Ogden-Smith were at LAU this week to formally announce a $1 million donation to the university.
Bank Audi-Audi Saradar Group made a generous $800,000 gift to establish the Georges and Raymond Audi Endowment Scholarship Fund, supporting the tuition fees of needy and deserving students majoring in banking, finance and accounting. They also donated $200,000 to name a physical entity at the School of Business after Raymond and his late brother Georges Audi.