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LAU to offer scholarships for top Lebanese students

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LAU signed a Memorandum of Agreement with CNRS to offer scholarships to top Lebanese Baccalaureate students.

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The agreement was signed by LAU President Dr. Joseph G. Jabbra (right) and Secretary-General of CNRS Dr. Mouin Hamze, on April 12.

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The signing ceremony in Irwin Hall was attended by university officers and guests.

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May 12, 2011—

LAU is set to offer the top Lebanese Baccalaureate students a full scholarship as well as a lump sum as part of an agreement with the National Council for Scientific Research.

The university signed a Memorandum of Agreement with CNRS in this regard, in the lobby of the Central Administration floor in Irwin Hall on April 12.

The agreement, based on a proposal submitted by LAU on March 15, was signed by Dr. Joseph G. Jabbra, LAU president, and Dr. Mouin Hamze, secretary-general of CNRS.

In the presence of university officers and guests, President Jabbra expressed his satisfaction with the accord. “This is really a wonderful day for all of us. This agreement is very important to the university and has been in the making for a long time,” he said.

The contract lays the groundwork for future collaboration between the two institutions within an approved framework.

Three students from each of the four branches of the Lebanese Baccalaureate — General Science, Life Science, Sociology and Economics, and Humanities — are selected annually for special recognition by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

CNRS will offer scholarships to these 12 students, ten of whom will be sponsored by LAU at the beginning of each academic year. The scholarship is a full partnership, meaning that both LAU and CNRS will share in the total costs.

Hamze, described by Jabbra as a “strong advocate of excellence,” congratulated LAU for its initiative and described the scholarship program’s nine-year history.

“This program is fully financed by the Lebanese government. We’re giving top students in each specialty in the Lebanese Baccalaureate the opportunity to pursue undergraduate studies,” Hamze said.

Hamze underscored widespread interest in LAU’s top academic facilities.

“In our last promotion, many students asked about LAU and expressed interest in its facilities,” he explained.

LAU will also provide the selected students with a stipend to cover daily expenses.

“I would like to thank President Jabbra for LAU’s generous proposal, which is not limited to covering the whole tuition but includes a monthly lump sum of $500,” Hamze said.

At the end of the ceremony, Hamze expressed his hope for additional future collaboration between the two institutions.

CNRS was established in 1962 as a central science policy-making public institution under the authority of the Lebanese Prime Minister.


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