As the Lebanese American University embarks upon a new session at its Summer Institute for Intensive Arabic Language and Culture in 2015, I would like to extend a hearty welcome to you at LAUís flagship Beirut campus. In past years SINARC has proved to be one of the best and most effective study abroad programs in the area of Arabic language and Middle Eastern culture, and we continue to forge ahead with this mission of excellence into the programís fifteenth year.
SINARCís expertise and its presence in the heart of the Lebanese capital city of Beirut are two valuable elements that combine to make the experience at the institute a memorable one. Previous international participants have included students from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Belgium, England, France, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Italy, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany, Greece, Japan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Jordan, Australia and have played a major role in facilitating a remarkable ambiance of cultural exchange in tune with Lebanese and Middle Eastern cultures.
The program has previously hosted many renowned visitors and well known authorities in various areas of expertise ranging from Arabic Language experts like Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal, author of the Al-Kitab fii Ta'allum al-'Arabiyya series, to regional experts like Dr. Fawaz Trabulsi; on to well-known television anchorman Dan Rather. This past summer the lectures tended to focus on the Arab spring in the Middle East and the capacity in which it has affected the current changes in Lebanon and its neighboring countries. These Topics were presented by Dr. Habib Malik, Dr. Sami Baroudi, Wael Kheir, Dr. Fadia Kiwan and Rami Khouri simultaneously.
In recent years, the program has expanded the scope of the lecture emphasis to include The Arab Spring and Uprising Issues.
Students attending this past session tended to look at the experience as a holistic one where they enjoyed the learning of the Modern Standard Arabic Language and the Lebanese dialect supplemented with sightseeing trips that extended from a hike to the highest peak in the Cedars of Lebanon, to visits to various touristic attractions and special meetings with some of the local political figures making history in the country.
SINARC staff and administration, as well as the LAU family as a whole, were pleased to see SINARC 2014 conclude to its full potential and to see our students grow with their learning of the Arabic language and culture. We look forward to providing again a rich and diversified experience at SINARC in 2015 and to receiving your applications.Mimi Milki Jeha, Ph.D.