Kamel Abdel Rahman (BS '31 Business) established the Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), along with friends and former AUB students Said Khoury and Hasib Sabbagh (BA, 1941) in 1952. Following his retirement in 1976, Abdel Rahman established the Kamel Abdel Rahman Education Fund to support the university education of needy Palestinian refugee students. He entrusted two CCC senior employees to manage the Fund on his behalf. Both graduates of AUB, Isam Nubani (BA, 1950 and BSCE, 1951) and Mohamad Hasan Saadi (BE, 1952) decided in 2014, that AUB would be the best institution to manage the Fund in perpetuity. They recognized the University's ongoing commitment to helping financially disadvantaged students and its commitment to excellence in higher education. This extraordinary endowment from Mr. Abdel Rahman will impact so many students, their families, and communities.
In 2014, AUB received a transformation gift of $32 million from The Levant Foundation, founded by Jamal Daniel. The Levant Foundation works with universities, institutions of fine art, religious and research institutions to support artistic, academic, and educational programs. This gift made possible the construction of the Halim and Aida Daniel Academic and Clinical Center, a 14-story academic and clinical center will be the most modern medical building in Lebanon, housing a variety of outpatient centers as well as major academic centers for teaching and clinical research in areas including psychiatry, oncology, ophthalmology, heart and vascular diseases, and otolaryngology. There will also be an outpatient day surgery and a simulation center for education, as well as a ground floor exhibition area and conference room bearing the name Al-Monitor.
Farouk K. Jabre (BA Economics '58), Trustee Emeritus, and the Director of Director, Holcim Lebanon sal in addition to being the Chairman of the Board of Dar Al Aytam Al Islamyah and Treasurer for Children's Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL). Through a generous donation in 2013, the Farouk K. Jabre Center for Arabic and Islamic Science and Philosophy was established. This center showcases Arabic and Islamic legacy in science and philosophy, allowing the younger generations to gain understanding and appreciation of past Arab scholars who established the basis of modern knowledge.
Trustee Phillipe Jabre is the founder and chief information officer (CIO) of Jabre Capital Partners and the founder of Association Philippe Jabre, dedicated to providing Lebanese with access to education and health care. Jabre has been a long-time supporter of AUB. In 2004, he established the Philippe Jabre Scholarship, which has helped cover the cost of tuition for some 150 AUB students to date, and enabled 79 AUB graduates to pursue further studies abroad. Phillipe Jabre and his wife, Zaza, are highly respected international art collectors and patrons of the arts. Unprecedented in the Arab region, Jabre's gift to the Department of Fine Arts and Art History created endowments to support a Professorial Chair in Art History and Curating, an exhibition fund, and a visiting lecturer series. It will help AUB bring some of the world's foremost experts in art history and curating to the University, and to create major exhibitions of works by modern and contemporary artists, with a special focus on art from the region. The gift will also help with research and publication on topics related to interpreting, preserving, and exhibiting art.
Dr. Aisha El Mana through the encouragement and support of her father became the first Saudi woman to obtain a PhD and the first female to become hospital director. Dr. El Mana is currently Director of El Manaa General Hospitals in Saudi Arabia with operations in four cities across the Kingdom, and the President and Founder of Mohammad Al Mana College for Health Sciences (MACH) in Al Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In 2016, keen on empowering women in our Arab world, Dr. El Mana insisted on supporting graduate female students at AUB, Dr. Al Mana donated $2 million dollars to establish the Aisha Al Mana Endowment for Women in Nursing and the Health Sciences.
In 2016, Brothers; Adib Bassatne, Baha Bassatne, and Walid Bassatne of BB Energy provided a transformational endowment to the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at AUB which resulted in the Faculty to be the first at the University to name one of its academic departments in honor of its donors, the Baha and Walid Bassatne Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. BB Energy is among largest gasoil and gasoline traders in the Mediterranean, the company employs more than 200 employees in five offices around the world and trades approximately 16 million metric tons of crude oil and related products. Petroleum engineering and chemical engineering represent opportunities for sustainable development. This gift provides an opportunity to fund that research, to fund scholars, and to safeguard our exceptional faculty and our great students so they can teach, learn and innovate enabling access to a significant source of funding for the development of those departments and to support their academic and research agendas.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Faculty of Medicine
March 1, 2015
March 1, 2015