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.
LAU has embarked on a dramatic building and renovation program to ensure its two university campuses remain cutting edge centers of excellence.
LAU signed an agreement with the Islamic Association for Specialization and Scientific Guidance (IASSG) in October to support ten scholarship students.
Financial behemoth Edgar de Picciotto and his wife Daniele were at LAU in early October to formally announce an endowed scholarship and deliver a lecture on the global economy.
Known fondly as one of “the cleverest bankers in Geneva”, de Picciotto founded Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) in 1969 and is credited with pioneering hedge funds. With over $77 billion in assets under its management, UBP ranks as the best-capitalized family-owned bank in Switzerland.
LAU has introduced two courses this semester in an effort to promote gender expertise in the Arab world.
Undergraduates can now opt to take electives in Introduction to Gender Studies and Representations of Women in the Arts and the Media. LAU already offers a number of courses relating to women’s rights and feminism, including classes relating to economics, sociology, psychology and media.
With the support of scholarships from the American people, dozens of students from across Lebanon began studying for undergraduate degrees at LAU this week.
The Tomorrow’s Leaders Program, a collaboration between the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and LAU, was launched in 2008 as a way to provide higher education opportunities to youth from around the Arab world and give opportunities to students who demonstrate outstanding leadership potential but who may otherwise miss out on an opportunity to study in the American higher education system.