AUT President Initiates Collaboration with Czech Universities

Meetings with Czech Technical University head of international relations and vice-dean of IT and with the head of international relations at VSE (School of Business and Economics) and at Charles University allowed AUT President Ghada Hinain to initiate collaboration at many levels with universities in Prague.

It was decided to propose courses in AI, Robotics and Network Security for CTU faculty to teach to AUT students and to admit AUT students in the state-of-the-art labs of robotics at CTU during the summer. Joint research was also discussed as topics will be decided by a joint team of faculty from both universities. The meeting at CTU was attended by the Vice-Dean of IT and senior staff at the International Relations of CTU.

At VSE, collaboration on MBA, CEMS and Transport Management was discussed with Vladislav Tyll, head of International Relations. Faculty exchange was a top priority for both institutions and President Hinain will be selecting AUT Business faculty to collaborate with VSE faculty.

At Charles University  a meeting with VP International Relations Marketa Krizova opened the way for collaboration on Water Resources Science and on Environmental Health as well as on Arts including design.

The visits of President Hinain to universities in Prague was part of her plan to foster collaboration with European universities and will be followed by similar visits in other cities and countries.

AUT President Meets State University of New York- Empire State President To Foster Collaboration

A meeting was held in Prague between AUT president Ghada Hinain and SUNY-ESC new president Lisa Vollendorf on November 21, 2022.

The two leaders discussed means to increase the level of collaboration between both institutions. AUT currently runs a double degree program with ESC and talks focused on having joint faculty research and on offering certificate programs in Marketing Analytics, Healthcare Management and other subjects to professionals in Lebanon as well as a joint MBA. Hinain suggested a curse that would involve faculty and students of both universities together with the 3 other universities connected to ESC.

President Vollendorf expressed the will of her institution to find funds to assist  students at AUT enrolled in the double degree programs to meet their obligations.

The meeting was held in presence of AUT VP for External Relations and was an occasion to meet the Greek, Albanian and Czech partners in education of ESC, in particular Mr Elias Foutsis, founder of University of New York in Prague and University of New York in Tirana and president of New York College in Athens.

In attendance were Ms Sheila Airdm head of European Programs at ESC and Sotiris Foutsis, GM of UNYP and deans of the three partner institutions.

World Diabetes Day at AUT- Education To Protect Tomorrow

At the initiative of the Faculty of Applied Sciences at AUT and in collaboration with Kaslik Marine Lions Club and Jbeil Universal Lions Club, the UN World Diabetes Day was held under the theme Education To Protect Tomorrow on November 15 at AUT- Fidar.

Speakers Dr Mohammed Sandid MENA Chair of the International Diabetes Federation, Dr Jackie Maalouf, founder of Dialeb and Registered Nurse Anna Imad exposed the latest findings about diabetes and the importance of educating people about this silent killer.

Sandid presented figures on world and MENA area diabetes statistics and forecasts to show that the expected increase of diabetic patients in the MENA region is alarming, hence the need to educate people about the prevention and treatment of diabetes, while Maalouf spoke of actions taken by her association in this respect. Nurse Alam spoke of her experience in dealing with patients and the need to train volunteers as well as professionals to better handle diabetic patients.

The conference had started with a welcome word by AUT VP External Relations and president of Jbeil Universal Lions Club Marcel Hinain followed by a word by Lions Governor of District 351, Mr Boutros Aoun who asserted the actions taken by the Lions Clubs in spreading awareness about diabetes and offering free testing as well as medication to patients.

The dean of FAS at AUT Dr Georges Rammouz then spoke of the many activities undertaken by his faculty including the solid waste management project with the Blat municipality with funding by Robert Bosch Stiftung organization and gave fresh insight about the difference between high blood glucose level and diabetes and the confusion created in the minds of people in this respect.

The AUT coordinator of the Nutrition program at AUT Jessica Maalouf then detailed an initiative targeting the school community which consists in a series of interactive presentations about diabetes and lifestyle to students at middle and high school levels to be held between December 2022 and April 2023, an initiative welcomed by principals of many schools in the areas of Jbeil and Keserwan who attended the conference.

The audience included AUT President Dr Ghada Hinain, Vice Director General of the Lions Clubs Joseph Abi Khalil, past governor Marcelle Kallassy, Treasurer Hatem Hatem, Kaslik Marine Lions Club President Rita Jerji and Lions club members as well as students of Nutrition and members of the community.

At the end of the conference, the AUT Administration building was lit in blue, the color adopted by the UN for diabetes. A project of a task force that would undertake sustained awareness actions about diabetes and lobbying with parliament to adopt laws that would allow diabetic patients to receive help from the Ministry of Health was discussed by the Lions Governor and past governors, AUT president and the IDF chair for MENA region with Dialeb. It was agreed to meet mid December to formulate an action plan.

The UN World Diabetes Day has been the subject of conferences at AUT for the past 6 years.

AUT AVA department is hosting Canadian movie maker Alexandra Sicotte-Lévesque

The AUT AVA department is hosting Canadian movie maker Alexandra Sicotte-Lévesque on November 17 in collaboration with the Lebanese Independent Film Festival- LIFF to present her latest documentary and hold a discussion with the audience.

The program is as follows:

Screening from 3:30 to 5:00 pm (sharp)

Open discussion with the director from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Reception from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

This is an open invitation

World Diabetes Day at AUT on November 15

Education For. A better Tomorrow is the theme for the World Diabetes Day  2022 and AUT will launch an initiative oriented to the school community that will be announced at the end of the conference held November 15, 2022 at 4 pm.

The Lions Clubs Association has partnered with AUT this year. Free testing of glucose level will take place after the presentations and AUT will light its administration building in blue in line with the diabetes logo.

The conference is open to all.

AUT Activities October 2022

School visits to orient students to AUT programs offered on main campus and North Campus and contacts with notables kept AUT staff busy. Sagesse High School, Broummana High School, Peres Carmes and Ste Famille Mejdlaya in addition to Besharre Public school hosted Admissions staff while VP Marcel Hinain and North Campus director held meetings with notables in the North to enhance collaboration with AUT.

AUT at TECHLOG Presentation

AUT was invited by the Beirut And Mount Lebanon Chamber of Commerce for a presentation on TECHLOG, a simulation program on road transport developed by University of Cagliari and adopted by AASTMT.

The presentation was made in presence of representatives from the EU (which is funding the project), CMA-CGM, the syndicate of maritime shipping,  the National Road Safety Union, ESA, AUB, Sfax University and AASTMT.

AUT was represented by the Chair of Transport Management Dr Jamila Malti and by the VP for External Relations Marcel Hinain. The presentation was followed by a visit to the mini-lab of road safety established at the Beirut and Mount Lebanon Chamber of Commerce.

AUT has collaborated with the Beirut Chamber of Commerce and the EU on the YEP MED initiative by giving courses on transport and logistics to young people seeking employment in ports around the Mediterranean and the department of Transport Management at AUT collaborates with AASTMT and other universities on all matters related to logistics and transport.

Chevening Scholarships Presentation

AUT hosted British Embassy’s communication director Ms. Abir Breir who detailed to senior students the conditions to apply for the Chevening scholarships at UK universities. 

Alumni also attended the session. The scholarships application deadline is November 1, 2022 and students were encouraged to include studying in the UK for their masters degrees in various fields. 

Breir will have other information sessions later during the year. 

World Food Day at AUT

The Nutrition department at AUT celebrated World Food Day on Halat campus as students set up information booths to provide all kinds of information about various types of food in terms of composition, benefits and effects on health. Workshops were held by students to their mates in other majors.