March  2006, Vol. 7 No. 5


Articles included:

A Winning Design for the Issam Fares Institute of Public Policy and International Affairs
Volunteer Outreach Clinic Relocated
President Waterbury Outlines the State of AUB’s Future
Archives and Special Collections Requests Archival Material from AUB Community
New Appointment
New Faculty Orientation Sessions
AUB Graduates First Batch of Students from Executive MBA Program
Lecture Series Highlights Arab Contributions to Mathematical Knowledge
Economic Research Forum Annual Conference
Sir Michael Atiyah Lectures on Role of Mathematics in Modernity
Coca-Cola Chair in Marketing Established at AUB
Profile of Anis Baraka
To Better Fulfill Its Mission: Human Resources Completes Certification Program
Faculty Profile: Assistant Professor Salwa Hammami
Faculty Profile: Assistant Professor Houssam Al-Rassy
AUB-Hopkins Joint Program Expected to Raise Standards in Medical Sector
Staff Profile: Hanadi Attar
Future Collaboration Ensured by Visits of Two Medical Delegations to AUBMC
AUB Societies Get Together to Tackle Medical Ethics
New Research Initiative between AUB and the Beirut Container Terminal Consortium

Interpretation of Quranic Verses
Nursing Professor from the Philippines Lectures on Pakistani Women’s Breast Cancer Experiences
AUB and the International Business Leaders Forum Hold Career Planning Program
Conference on Breast Cancer in Lebanon
Globalization and Its Implications for Citizenship
New Design for AUBMC News Unveiled
Professor Nader Tehrani Lectures on Creating Innovative Space in Architecture
AUB Hosts Workshop on Biodiversity as Food
Lebanese Lessons for Iraq
The CCC Building - A Modular Design
Lecture: The European Perception of Political Islam
The Status of Evolutionary Theory: A Comparative Study
Poetry with a Twist
Oumeima El Khalil in Concert
Interrelations Between Byzantine and Islamic Art
Profile: Mary Bozoian
German Professor Lectures on the Authenticity of Personal writing in Al Kharrat’s Autobiography
Women’s Auxiliary Visit to Batroun
Discussion of First Encyclopedia of Arab Women’s Literature
AUB Celebrates 140th Anniversary on Special Website
World Bank Official Says Equity is Good for Economy
Money Laundering in Lebanon
German Classical Music Concert
Al Bustan Festival at AUB
Women’s League Hosts Lecture on the Education of Mentally Handicapped Students
AUB Student Takes Top Prizes in Photo Contest

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EMBA class of 2006

The Suliman S. Olayan School of Business graduated the first batch of students from its newly created Executive MBA program on February 6.

The 18-month EMBA program, which began in February 2004, is a regional alternative to the few world-class international programs available at leading universities and incorporates local and regional issues in its focus. To be eligible to join the graduate program, candidates should hold a Bachelor of Arts degree and have senior management experience.

The graduation ceremony, held in Assembly Hall, was attended by a number of AUB trustees, faculty, and friends, including Minister of External Affairs Fawzi Salloukh. “Tonight is an extraordinary event in the general scheme of things at the Olayan Business School,” said Dean George Najjar. “It is in celebration of achievement that we are assembled here.”

Provost Peter Heath, in commending the graduates for their achievement, said: “We live in challenging times, and you, as senior managers, must be able to guide your units and companies successfully along paths that are sometimes smooth, but sometimes rough and turbulent. This requires insight, reflection, analysis, and wisdom. I hope this program has helped refine all these aspects in your professional and personal lives.”

President John Waterbury was also there to congratulate the graduates. He told them they were the “guinea pigs of the program,” and that they should provide the administration with feedback on their experience so that the program could be improved.

Keynote speaker, Trustee Ibrahim Dabdoub, chief executive officer of the National Bank of Kuwait, gave an account of the challenges he had to face when climbing the ladders of the business world. “That was the age of innocence,” he said. “Since then, things have changed dramatically in the world, and as we look into the future, we can see how even more dramatic and profound the coming changes are going to be.” He foresaw an increase in political independence and democracy, as well as increased economic integration and the formation of economic alliances. He then proceeded to criticize Arab countries for their lack of preparedness for those changes.

But he said he was nonetheless hopeful about the future, because democracy and respect for human rights are contagious, and “because there are people like you who have acquired knowledge and skills that will be catalysts for change in Arab countries.”
In conclusion, Dabdoub called for political reforms, the revamping of the region's education system to promote independent thinking, debate, and research, and the consideration by governments of privatization when they do not succeed in providing certain services.

“I know it is easier said than done, but the world is changing so rapidly, and unless we join the trends
of change, we will be left out,” he said.

The 19 graduates (listed in alphabetical order) are:
Michael Alexander Abdelnoor
Nelly Farhan Abu Zaki
Abdel Salam Mohamed Bdeir
Nabil Adib Bu Khaled
Nasri Gergi Challita
Berge Emile Daw
Fadi Fouad Fawaz
Ahmed Yousri Helmy
Nasser Adel El-Hout
Abdulla Khalid El Jazara
Marcel Albert Keyrouz
Hicham Antranik Maksoudian
Basem Hani Qablawi
Zuhair Ameen Al Qadi
Bassem Muhiddine Sabra
Marwan Anis Tayara
Simone Oscar Touma
Omar Bin Abdelaziz Al Zaben
Mohamad Nazih Zeidan


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