MUBS Celebrates its 13th Graduation Ceremony

MUBS's 13th Graduation Ceremony took place on September 20, 2017 at the UNESCO Palace in Beirut. The ceremony that was held under the Auspices of Prime Minister Saad Hariri was attended by his representative Dr. Dawood Al Sayegh, Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) Queen's Counsel (QC) Lord Alex Carlile, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at Cardiff Metropolitan University Professor Mohammed Loutfi, as well as members of the University's Board of Trustees.

Mr. Jihad Al-Atrash presented the ceremony which Dr. Hatem Alamy, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at MUBS, opened with a speech confirming the efforts of the University in providing the best to its students and the Lebanese community. The Chairman highlighted MUBS’ partnerships and joint projects with various European and American universities, focusing on the success of the Moderation program applied at MUBS on all its majors in partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University in the UK. In addition to that, two new joint programs were launched: MSc. Master of Science in Sport Management and Leadership, in association with Cardiff Met. University and the Beirut Marathon, and the MSc. in International Hospitality and Tourism Management, a program previously launched under the Auspices of Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Professor Mohammed Loutfi highlighted the importance of the partnership between MUBS and Cardiff Met University. This partnership is exemplified by the joint programs that grant students Lebanese and British degrees, as well as the quality assurance of educational systems from Cardiff Met. University under the Global Partnership framework. Professor Loutfi stressed the importance of student and staff exchange programs between the two partner institutions, as a vital tool to ensure high quality education for both Lebanese and British students. He also pointed out that Cardiff Met. University has achieved an advanced position in terms of services provided to foreign students in addition to scoring high employment rates among graduates.

Lord Carlile, urged graduates to be distinguished citizens of the world and to enjoy all what life has to offer. He also noted that the graduates should be proud to be graduates of the joint programs between MUBS and Cardiff Met. University. Dr. Daoud Al Sayegh, representative of the Prime Minister, highlighted the importance of redirecting students to the most needed technical fields of specialization to meet the requirements of the job market.

Finally, the proud graduates were awarded their degrees to a fanfare of applause by families and friends, as well as a host of prominent religious, military and social figures.

MUBS and Internal Security Forces launch Cooperation Initiative

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the headquarters of the Directorate General of Internal Security between the Internal Security Forces and MUBS (Modern University for Business and Science) launching a cooperation initiative between both parties.
This agreement was signed by the Director General of Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces (ISF) Major General Imad Osman and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of MUBS, Dr. Hatem Alami, in the presence of the Chief of Internal Security Staff Brigadier General Naeem Shamas, the University’s President Dr. Ali Shuaib, Vice-President Mrs. Sahira Mutawea, Dean of the International School of Business Dr. Samer Hamzeh, Public Relations Director Mrs. Hikmet Daou, Career Development Officer Mr. Abed Chehab and the Head of Training Division at the ISF, Colonel Ziad Qaid Bey.
During the meeting, the cooperation development was presented, and Major General Osman discussed the plan of the ISF to develop a strategy to strengthen the capabilities of the institution, and cooperation of the ISF with universities to promote training and continuing education paradigms. The Major General thanked MUBS for the scholarships granted to officers and members of the Internal Security and the Martyrs Foundation.
Dr. Alami emphasized the will of the citizens to support the ISF to strengthen the stability of Lebanon. The Chairman also discussed the role of the university to develop positive interaction and improve the efficiency of institutions. He assured the ISF that MUBS is moving forward in developing partnerships with governmental institutions and civil society organizations. He also highlighted the strategic role of the University with the Internal Security Forces to provide training, particularly in the role of community work, traffic safety and research activities. The fruitful meeting concluded with an exchange of shields leading the way for positive communication and cooperation between both institutions.

The School of Health Sciences gets set to introduce new Gender-Based Violence modules

The School of Health Sciences (SHS) at the Modern University for Business & Science (MUBS), in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the German Cooperation (GIZ), and the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW) at the Lebanese American University (LAU), launched on October 5th, 2017, the first workshop intended to enhance the national capacity to prevent and respond to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Lebanon by Capacity Development for Academic Institutions in Lebanon.
The UNFPA and the IWSAW at LAU were commissioned by the GIZ to develop a course on GBV to be taught at universities across Lebanon. For the past year, the Department of Government and International Relations (GIR) at the Faculty of Literature & Political Studies (FLPS) worked with gender studies professors and experts to develop a set of 12 modules, covering various aspects of gender, development, and countering violence in society and the family. MUBS will integrate the course modules in the Public Health curriculum as of academic year 2018-2019, in foresight as the Ministry of Higher Education is expected to impose a Gender/ GBV course in all universities. And, as many organizations seek Gender and GBV management skills in job candidates, the course modules will be highly beneficial for MUBS Public Health graduates.
Several MUBS instructors, who will be teaching the GBV modules, attended the workshop. Following the keynote addressed by IWSAW Projects Coordinator Mr. Jacob Shaap and UNFPA GVB Coordinator Ms. Noushig Etyemezian, the first six modules were presented by the GBV curriculum committee members: Dr. Connie Christiansen (Associate Professor at IWSAW), Dr. Jennifer Skulte Ouaiss (Assistant Professor at the Political Science & International Affairs at LAU), and Mrs. Rania Al-Jazairi (First Social Affairs Officer, ESCWA). The workshop was followed by a discussion and experience sharing between the MUBS instructors and the Committee on a variety of gender studies covered during the afternoon workshop session.

Tourism in Lebanon: MUBS presents the Challenges and Opportunities

A delegation represented by Dr. Samer Hamzeh, Dean of the International School of Business, Dr. Ahmad ElZein, Program Director, and Ms. Talar Agopian, Assistant Program Director for the MSc. in International Hospitality and Tourism Management at MUBS, met with His Excellency Mr. Avedis Guidanian, Minister of Tourism, to discuss potential collaboration between the University and the Ministry of Tourism.
His Excellency will attend the International Tourism Conference entitled: “Tourism in Lebanon: Challenges and Opportunities”, that will be held at MUBS Jal El Dib center on Thursday 16 November 2017 at 10:00 am under the patronage of the Ministry of Tourism.
Future plans were discussed and meetings were set to shape potential collaboration.

MUBS at the 17th Congress of Syndicate of Opticians and Optometrists in Lebanon

Faculty members and students of the MUBS Optometry and Vision Science Department attended the 17th Congress of MUBS at the 17th Congress of Syndicate of Opticians and Optometrists in Lebanon on September 24, 2017, at the Coral Beach Hotel and Resort, Beirut.
The Congress featured a series of lectures on trending topics such as Scleral Contact Lenses and Practical Low Vision Care and hosted an array of workshops and an exhibition for state-of-the-art optical and ophthalmic products and instrumentation.
MUBS Optometry and Vision Science students were among the winners of a poster design contest organized by the Syndicate: Jawad Msharafieh won 1st prize for his poster entitled Sensor Systems Integrated on Soft Contact Lenses for Continuous Physiological Glucose and IOP Monitoring and Laura Ajab 3rd prize for her poster entitled Low Vision Rehabilitation Using Contact Lenses. The winners of the competition were awarded prizes during the closing ceremony.
Congratulations to the MUBS Optometry and Vision Science Department headed by Ahmed Sherry, Acting Chair, on their success at the 17th Congress of Union and Optometrists of Lebanon.

"Mental Health Among the Lebanese Elderly" Seminar

As part of its “Science in the Community” Seminar Series, the School of Health Sciences (SHS) welcomed Dr. Georges Karam, Adult and Geriatric Psychiatrist at IDRAAC and President of the Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon, to share important findings from a national study that was performed by IDRAAC in 2013 in Lebanon. The study targeted the prevalence, correlates, and treatment of mental disorders among the Lebanese elderly population.

Dr. Karam introduced IDRAAC-Elderly Employment Project to our students from different disciplines; he described how this program helps elderly in adding meaning and action to retired Lebanese citizens. He also offered volunteering opportunities to our Public Health students, expressing the organization's interest in future collaborative research with MUBS faculty and students in the field of mental health in urban and rural areas of Lebanon.

NOU - UNDP Poster Design Competition

Congratulations to our Graphic Design students Jessica Aboujaoudeh and Rasha El Mrawed for winning 2nd and 3rd prize in the Poster Design Competition 2017 organized by the NOU (National Ozone Unit) UNDP.

University students from all faculties in Lebanon were invited to participate in this competition. MUBS participated with two posters that won 2nd and 3rd prize announced on the occasion of the International Ozone Day, September 16, 2017. The jury members were senior media experts, teachers from different universities and experts from the Ministry of Environment of Lebanon and the United Nations Development Program.

MUBS Continues Its Health Awareness Campaigns

Free Check-Ups to the Public at The Spot Mall in Saida and Choueifat, and Spinneys Jnah - Beirut.
More than 500 individuals were offered free medical examinations, which included glucose level testing, blood pressure testing, visual acuity screening, body mass composition, and Body Mass Index (BMI).
These free services were provided by the School of Health Sciences' team of medical doctors, optometrists, and dietitians, supported by distinguished students of Public Health, Nutrition, and Optometry & Vision Science.