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Inauguration of the Riyad Nassar Central Administration Building

LAU president emeritus honored through the latest addition to Byblos campus.

LAU News , October 7, 2019

Historical Collection of Books and Magazines to Become Available at LAU Libraries

LAU’s already vast collection of reference books and magazines has just been expanded, thanks to a generous donation from the Maïla family. 

LAU Giving , October 1, 2019

LAU Recognized for Academic Excellence and Employability Score

The university ranked second in Lebanon by the 2020 Times Higher Education University Rankings and QS Graduate Employability Rankings. 

LAU News , September 25, 2019

AKSOB Marketing Department Wins Best Paper Award at Prestigious Conference

AKSOB marketing professors and MBA graduate recognized for their study on the impact of fake news on brands and social media.

LAU News , September 11, 2019

LAU and Syracuse Celebrate a Decade of their Internship Program DSLIP

Ten-year-old collaborative internship program for civil engineering students still going strong.

LAU News , August 26, 2019

“Blended Learning” Delivers Much-Needed Tools for Teachers

CLS and LAU empower educators with combined online and offline solutions for teaching children in emergency and underprivileged contexts.

LAU News , August 9, 2019

Alumna Profile: Anahid Simitian

Along with her partner, the architect has a vision for urban, inclusive spaces.

LAU News , July 29, 2019

Upward Move for LAU in QS 2020 Study

LAU rises to the fiftieth percentile in the 2020 edition of QS World University Rankings.

LAU News , July 22, 2019

Alumni Homecoming 2019

LAU honors two outstanding alumni and welcomes back more than 1,200 for homecoming week.

LAU News , July 19, 2019

LAU Survival Team to Climb Lenin Peak for Children Against Cancer

In its third expedition for a humanitarian cause, the team will be tackling one of the Taiga mountains in Central Asia.

LAU News , July 15, 2019

LAU Jr. NBA League Slams in Style

The first-of-its-kind competition in Lebanon celebrates its champs with festivity. 

LAU News , June 26, 2019

USAID and LAU Celebrate Graduating Ambassador Merit Scholars

Along with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), LAU celebrated the graduation of 59 University Scholarship Program (USP) scholars, thanks to the full support of the US Agency.

LAU News , June 11, 2019

Checking In With the Board

LAU President briefs faculty and staff on the Board of Trustees meeting.

LAU News , June 7, 2019

Calling All Alumni: LAU Needs You

Advancement launches a series of alumni conferences to connect on different levels.

LAU News , May 31, 2019

High Schoolers Shape the Sustainable Development Goals at GCI MUN Conference

LAU-led Model UN Simulation Programs are hugely popular among high-school students worldwide.

LAU News , May 22, 2019

LAU New York Fundraising Gala Dedicated to Women’s Rights

The LAU community reasserts its firm support of AiW’s drive for gender equality. 


LAU News , May 20, 2019

High School Students take center-stage in shaping the Sustainable Development Goals at Forthcoming Model UN Conference

LAUNYAC, April 29, 2019

LAU and NBA Launch Junior League in Lebanon

Inaugural Draft Event kicks off the league with 30 school teams simulating the NBA.

LAU News , April 24, 2019

LAU Contributors Report 2018

This year’s report aims to shine a light on those who gave towards LAU during Fiscal Year 2018, which spanned from September 1, 2017, to August 31, 2018.

LAU Giving, April 9, 2019

LAU Among Top Ten Leading Universities in the Arab World

The university also ranked on Times Higher Education inaugural list of Impact Rankings, one of only two in the country.

LAU News , April 9, 2019

LAU Celebrates International Diplomacy in New York

The annual GCI Middle School Model UN conference forges a robust engagement and empowerment of today’s youth.

LAU News , April 4, 2019

Levantine Theater Accessed through New Translations

The New York Headquarters and Academic Center hosted the launch of two groundbreaking books co-written by LAU scholar. 

LAU News , March 20, 2019

Upcoming Model UN Conference for Middle School Students Celebrates International Diplomacy

LAUNYAC, March 19, 2019

LAU President Joseph G. Jabbra Announces New Additions to the New York Staff

LAU Matters Winter 2019, March 12, 2019

LAU Chat: Anne Dix

LAU Matters, March 4, 2019


Breast Cancer Campaign by Alumna and ARCSON Faculty Going Strong

Hiba Yazbeck and Dr. Myrna Doumit continue to build hope for women all over Lebanon.  

LAU News , December 14, 2018

To Aleppo with Love

Arab ensemble performs a long-lost masterpiece of Syrian music at LAU NY.

LAU News , December 6, 2018

Alumna Ginane Makki Bacho Exhibits at Brooklyn Museum

The artist uses her experiences with war and dispossession to shape her work.

LAU News , November 9, 2018

Frantz Fanon, Decolonization and the Future of Middle East Politics

LAU NY hosts a panel on the revolutionary intellectual.

LAU News , October 23, 2018

A Year of Major Achievements for LAU

President Jabbra briefs faculty and staff on the Board of Trustees meeting. 

LAU News , October 12, 2018

LAU Student Maya Reaidy Wins Miss Lebanon 2018

The fifth-year pharmacy major is now off to compete in Miss Universe.

LAU News , October 1, 2018

Two New Rankings Confirm LAU’s Strong Performance

For the first time, LAU features in the Times Higher Education ranking, and prominently in the QS Employability rankings.

LAU News , September 28, 2018

“Today’s Leaders” Receive Warm Welcome

The newest cohort of MEPI TL scholars starts the next chapter of their lives. 

LAU News , September 14, 2018

Postcard from New York: A Flourishing Academic Center

LAU Magazine & Alumni Bulletin , September 1, 2018

Kahlil Gibran, a Century On

CLH and LAU NY celebrate the centennial of Gibran’s masterpiece, The Madman.

LAU News , June 1, 2018

Lina Abirafeh Takes Home International Honor

IWSAW director named one of the world’s most influential people in gender policy.

LAU News , May 24, 2018

An Essential Lesson

LAU leads Model UN Conference for high-school students to help instill leadership and diplomatic skills in future generations.

LAU News , May 15, 2018

When Students Become The Diplomats

During LAU’s GCI High School Model UN Conference, WNYC Radio spoke with some of the student delegates, on one very specific global issue: the status of women and girls. 

WNYC, May 11, 2018

LAU-NY’s 6th Annual Gala Raises Funds

More than 150 benefactors attended LAU New York’s gala dinner to celebrate and support the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World.

LAU News , May 8, 2018

Upcoming Model UN Conference for High School Students Instills Crucial Leadership Skills

May 4, 2018

Postcard from New York: From BCW to the World

LAU Magazine & Alumni Bulletin , April 18, 2018

Young Delegates Convene for Model UN

LAU hosts world’s largest Model UN Conference for Middle Schoolers in New York. 


LAU News , April 3, 2018

Postcard from New York: From Poetic Expressions to Space Explorations

LAU Magazine & Alumni Bulletin , February 28, 2018

Writing project helps young Syrian refugees connect with New York kids

Syrian child refugees in Lebanon are using hand-written letters and drawings to bridge the vast gap between their experiences and the lives of other children in New York. 


middleeastmonitor, February 17, 2018


All for a Good Cause

Hundreds of LAU runners and volunteers join the Beirut Marathon in support of the country’s unity and the community’s welfare. 

LAU News, November 27, 2017

Empowering women to safeguard their lives

LAU alumna together with faculty member at the Alice Ramez Chagoury School of Nursing campaign against breast cancer and the stigma attached to it with the C2 campaign. 


LAU News , October 3, 2017

Postcard from New York: A myriad of events leading up to the summer of 2017

LAU Magazine & Alumni Bulletin, September 15, 2017

LAU: instilling global leadership skills in an increasingly isolating world

The 2017 GOLD conference focuses on youth engagement in support of sustainable development goals to tackle the global youth employment crisis. 

LAU News , September 7, 2017

LAU NY Celebrates Lebanese Olive Oil

LAU’s New York Academic Center and the Consul General of Lebanon Majdi Ramadan recently hosted a first-of-its-kind evening dedicated to celebrating Lebanese olive oil.

LAU News, May 11, 2017

Postcard from New York: Backdrop of War

LAU’s New York Academic Center wrapped up its successful Syria Resilient series, a sequence of five events during the fall that aimed at creating an understanding of Syria. 

LAU Magazine & Alumni Bulletin, May 3, 2017

Zaven Kouyoumdjian Signs his New Book at the Academic Center of LAU NY

Al-Mohajer (The Emigrant), April 18, 2017

LAU NY Honors Zaven Kouyoumdjian

LAU alumnus and television celebrity Zaven Kouyoumdjian brings his latest book, Lebanon On Screen: The Greatest Moments of Lebanese Television and Pop Culture, to LAU NY.

LAU News, April 18, 2017

Radio Sawa Speaks to Captain Philip Beale (in Arabic)

Journalist Amir Bibawy interviews Captain Beale and one of his crew members, Remi Kahwaji, at LAU NY, about the Phoenician Expedition that they will be embarking on in September.

Radio Sawa, April 12, 2017


New York Today

A screening of “Little Gandhi,” a documentary about the Syrian peace activist Ghiyath Matar, at the Lebanese American University in Midtown Manhattan.

The New York Times, December 7, 2016

16 Fun Things To Do In NYC This December

As the news coming out of Syria continues to worsen, it’s all the more important to pay attention. Tonight (Thursday), the Lebanese American University is hosting a screening of “50 Feet From Syria.”

Gothamist, December 1, 2016

Syrian Filmmakers Take Their Impressions Of War To The Big Screen (in Arabic)

Beirut Times , November 21, 2016

LAU Brings the Arab American Book Awards Ceremony to NY City

The Arab American National Museum celebrated recipients of the 10th annual Arab American Book Awards in a ceremony at LAU’s New York Academic Center.

LAU News, November 9, 2016

Commemorating a Visionary

The evening commemorated Lebanese poet Jawdat R. Haydar, offering a glimpse of his legacy through a documentary film, readings, and an exhibit featuring artifacts from his life.

LAU News , October 19, 2016

Syria Resilient

With the implosion of Syria’s social fabric and near total collapse of its institutions, many question the country’s ability to remain resilient, and its people hopeful.

LAU News, October 18, 2016

The Lebanese Diaspora Lends a Helping Hand

The Lebanese Diaspora has become the source of critical revenues, through remittances and investments, while providing knowledge, investment, trade, and global business connections.

LAU News, September 30, 2016

LAU, a Cultural Hub in New York (in French)

On a cultural and academic level, the Lebanese American University New York Academic Center has proved its worth.

L’Orient Le Jour, September 9, 2016

“LAU” - New York Honors Raif Shwayri (in Arabic)

Al-Mustaqbal, August 3, 2016

LAU New York Honors Raif Shwayri (in Arabic)

Al Balad, August 3, 2016

Beirut Meets the Bayou at LAU NY

On July 27, the Academic Center welcomed Lebanese author Raif Shwayri for a discussion of his new book, Beirut on the Bayou: Alfred Nicola, Louisiana, and the Making of Modern Lebanon, led by New York-based author and scholar Linda K. Jacobs.

LAU News, August 2, 2016

From Fertile Crescent to Crescent City: Book Details Immigrant’s Journey

A mainstay in Lebanon for more than five decades, the respected Al-Kafaat Foundation stems from the success of Habib Shwayri, who emigrated to the United States, settled in Louisiana and defied the odds to build a clothing empire and make a fortune.

Voice of America, July 30, 2016

The Lebanese American University’s Academic Center Presents “Lebanese Cuisine” and a Trophy from the Foreign Ministry (in Arabic)

Al-Mohajer (The Emigrant), July 5, 2016

Food is the Great Equalizer

For Lebanese-Americans the food of their ancestors has always been key to preserving their identity and perpetuating a culture that celebrates life and its joys.

LAU News, June 29, 2016

The Lebanese American University and the Lebanese Consulate in New York Organize a Lebanese Food Tasting (in Arabic)

Beirut Times , June 23, 2016

Lebanese American University’s Unique Perch in New York

Many universities in the United States and Europe are falling over themselves to expand their presence in the Middle East. 

Al-Fanar Media, June 23, 2016

“Food and Identity”.. Lebanese Cuisine in New York (in Arabic)

Al-Mustaqbal, June 18, 2016

“LAU” and the Lebanese Consulate in New York Organize a Lebanese Food Tasting (in Arabic)

Al-Liwa, June 18, 2016

The Day of Lebanese Cuisine in New York (in Arabic)

Al-Anwar, June 18, 2016

LAU New York Celebrates Lebanese Cuisine (in Arabic)

Al Balad, June 18, 2016

LAU and the Lebanese Consulate in New York Organized a Lebanese Food Tasting (in Arabic)

Ad-Diyar, June 18, 2016

Lebanese Culinary Traditions are Honored in New York (in French)

Lebanese culinary traditions were honored several days ago with a debate on the theme, “Food and Identity: a celebration of Lebanese cuisine in New York.”

L’Orient-Le Jour, June 15, 2016

Michael Karam: Politics of Hummus Sparks Lively Debate in New York

What was meant to be a conversation on immigration and identity through the prism of food was rapidly ground down into an enjoyable dialogue on hummus, the dish that, it appeared, was the uber-embodiment of Lebanese fare.

The National, June 13, 2016

Fadi Khoury. The Best Talent to Make New Yorkers Dance (in French)

With his love for dance and choreography, he took the public elsewhere. His elsewhere was Assyrian, Syriac, and Bedouin folkloric. Welcome to the multicultural world of Fadi J. Khoury. 

L’Hebdo Magazine, May 11, 2016

Connecting through Dance: An Evening of Dance and Discussion

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul,” American modern dancer and choreographer Martha Graham once said.

LAU News, May 10, 2016

LAU showcased at Wharton School of Business MENA Conference

Lina Beydoun, academic executive director of the LAU New York Academic Center, joined prominent practitioners, thought leaders, academics and entrepreneurs at the Wharton School of Business.

LAU News, April 28, 2016

Radio Sawa Speaks to Bassam Saba (in Arabic)

Radio Sawa, April 12, 2016

New York Arabic Orchestra - Al Youm Program from New York (in Arabic)

Al Hurra Television, April 11, 2016

The New York Arabic Orchestra comes to LAU NY

The corridors of LAU NY reverberated with the sweet and sultry sounds of traditional Arabic music on March 11 when the Academic Center welcomed the New York Arabic Orchestra

LAU News, March 30, 2016

The New York Arabic Orchestra, Music Beyond the Big Apple’s Movements (in Arabic)

The New York Arabic Orchestra resumed its musical programs under its new non-profit status. 

Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, March 26, 2016

The New York Arabic Orchestra at LAU NY (in Arabic)

Al-Mohajer (The Emigrant), March 13, 2016

When U.S. Universities Export their Education to the Middle East

In the past two decades, there has been a significant increase in the presence of U.S. universities and colleges in the Middle East, with many elite schools setting up outposts in the GCC countries.

LAU News, February 18, 2016

American Higher Education in the Middle East .. Benefits and Pitfalls

LAU, in partnership with AUC, hosted a panel discussion on the expansion of  U.S. universities abroad and American-style education in the Middle East.

Al-Mohajer (The Emigrant), February 11, 2016

Are You Being Served?

LAU students learned about these pitfalls and others in a course called International Service Management, held at LAU NY in January.

LAU Magazine & Alumni Bulletin, January 12, 2016


Embracing Lebanon’s Roots and Vines

Over 150 people attended a lecture on the evolution of the Lebanese wine industry recently held at LAU NY.

LAU News, December 2, 2015

Radio Sawa Speaks to Samira Aghacy (in Arabic)

Radio Sawa correspondent Amir Bibaway speaks to Dr. Samira Aghacy, professor of English and Comparative Literature at the Lebanese American University about her book, Writing Beirut.

Radio Sawa, November 28, 2015

Beirut, A City with a Thousand Faces

Samira Aghacy, LAU professor of English and comparative literature, visited LAU NY to launch her book, Writing Beirut: Mappings of the City in the Modern Arabic Novel.

LAU News, November 20, 2015

What Does NY’s Lebanese Community Think about the ‘Compassion Gap’ after Beirut and Paris?

Village Voice, November 18, 2015

Nine Lebanese Wine Producers Offer a Lecture and Tasting at the LAU New York Academic Center (in Arabic)

Al-Mohajer (The Emigrant), November 14, 2015

Accessing Leading NY Financial Institutions

For many of LAU’s business school graduates, there are but two viable options: stay and work in Lebanon, or go to the Gulf.


LAU News, October 30, 2015

Was Jesus Phoenician?

Drawing on historical, geographical, archaeological, cultural and theological sources, el Koussa re-examined the validity of typically dismissed apocryphal gospels, such as the Gospel of Bartholomew and the Gospel of James. 

LAU News, October 21, 2015

Lebanese American University: A Bridge of Communication between the Arabs and the West (in Arabic)

Lebanese American University is the first Arab university to open a branch in the United States.

Al Jazeera , October 17, 2015

A Conversation with the LAU President: Education and Lebanon’s Future

Increasingly, Lebanese university students and graduates are emigrating as they face a broken economy, high rates of unemployment and an uncertain political situation.

Al-Fanar Media, October 9, 2015

LAU Lecture Explores Question: Was Jesus a Phoenician?

Lebanese Examiner, October 3, 2015

Beirut Theater Comes to New York

LAU NY Academic Center hosted a performance and panel discussion titled “Conversation on Contemporary Beirut Theater.” 

LAU News, September 18, 2015

Business Students in New York

The Adnan Kassar School of Business organized two courses at the New York Academic Center:  “Graduate Study Tour in Management” and “Compliance for Financial Institutions.”

LAU News, September 10, 2015

New York, A Case Study for Business Students

Sixteen LAU students descended on New York for a weeklong course titled “Special Topics in Marketing.”

LAU News, June 12, 2015

LBC Kalam Ennas Showcases LAU New York

This video takes a look at the history of the university and its recent activities in New York.

LBC, June 11, 2015

Private Space Travel: The Next Frontier

Fifty years ago this week, U.S. astronaut Edward White became the first American to walk in space.

LAU News, June 8, 2015

Architect Tony Faddoul Lectures in New York on Private Space Travel (in Arabic)

Al-Mohajer (The Emigrant), June 7, 2015

Space Tourism. Increasingly a Reality (in French)

Will space travel become more and more accessible to the general public?   

L’Hebdo Magazine, June 5, 2015

The Arab-American Experience: A Month of Shattering Stereotypes

“Winning the war on terror means shattering stereotypes,” said Dr. Jack Shaheen on the opening night of “The Arab-American Experience,” a series of events aimed at dispelling stereotypes.

LAU News, May 11, 2015

Lyrical Poetry Evening at the Lebanese American University in Manhattan (in Arabic)

Al-Mohajer (The Emigrant), April 30, 2015

Diaspora Key to Job Development in Lebanon

The event combined a workshop format with a panel discussion during which nine experts deliberated on how the diaspora can contribute more effectively to Lebanon’s economic development.

LAU News, April 10, 2015

The Economic Engagement of Emigrants (in French)

Organized by Lina Beydoun, Academic Director at LAU NY, and Majdi Ramadan, Consul General of Lebanon in New York, this event on the diaspora’s economic engagement was a real success. 

L’Hebdo Magazine, April 3, 2015

Crowddesigning: Exploring Urban Spaces

With a population of more than eight million, New York City faces a constant challenge when it comes to crowd control.

LAU News, April 1, 2015

LAU and the Lebanese Consulate in New York Collaborate on a Workshop on Diaspora Engagement in the Homeland (in Arabic)

Al-Mohajer (The Emigrant), March 26, 2015

School of Business Students Visit New York

Twenty-seven LAU MBA and EMBA students crossed the Atlantic for a 10-day trip for a Global Marketing and Finance course. 

LAU News, March 11, 2015


ART TV Interviews Mimi Jeha

Dr. Mimi Jeha talks about Arabic language courses offered in both New York and Lebanon. 

ART TV, October 27, 2014

The Bet is on the Academic Center of the Lebanese American University in New York (in Arabic)

Dr. Lina Beydoun speaks about the vision of the Center.

An-Nahar , October 17, 2014

ART TV Interviews Authors Nahla Yassine-Hamdan and Frederic S. Pearson

Drs. Yassine-Hamdan and Pearson speak about their book, Arab Approaches to Conflict Resolution, during their talk at LAU NY Academic Center.

ART TV, September 16, 2014

Lebanese American University Presents Lectures at New York Center

The Academic Center hosts lectures on Arab approaches to conflict resolution and Lebanon’s World Heritage Sites.

Arab Daily News, September 10, 2014

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