The symposia were the first at AUB to engage the various components of the AUB constituency
Three ‘presidential symposia’ were held on January 25 and 26 as part of the program of inauguration of AUB’s 16th President, Dr. Fadlo R. Khuri. Experts, academics, and representatives of universities worldwide participated in lectures and discussions within set panels.
A two-panel symposium was held on the first day to address ‘Defining Moments at AUB: Memories of the Past, Reflections on the Future,’ and was co-chaired by Chair of the AUB Board of Trustees, Dr. Philip Khoury, and Interim Associate Provost, Dr. Nadia El Cheikh. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnntGGq92ts. In a panel of personal narratives providing personal insight into the history and legacy of AUB in the ‘1960s to the Present,’ speakers shared their stories on ‘The Exciting Sixties: Profile of an Arts and Humanities Academic Community’; ‘The Longest Strike: Being a Student Activist at AUB in the Seventies’; ‘Healthcare at Gun Point: Surviving the AUBMC Emergency Room in the Eighties’; ‘Extra-Curricular Activities During Wartime: Staging the Outdoors Festival in 1982’; and ‘Steadfast Staff Member at AUB: Picking up the Pieces and Looking Ahead. The Second panel entitled “2000 and Beyond: Defining the Issues of the Present while Looking Ahead to the Future” was an audience-led session that addressed some of AUB’s defining issues of the current day, with an eye to the future: from campus landscape and politics, to AUBMC as a platform for impact, to the AUB student, to how AUB should stay relevant to its surroundings and yet why it needs to change.
A more specialized symposium was held on “Cancer in the Molecular Era” with a focus on novelties in oncology clinical trials, the debates on the management of lung cancer and the new screening recommendations and future management of breast and ovarian cancer, and the latest advances in cancer research https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aDP6MWtmdM. The symposium brought together experts in the field from various institutes around the world including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, University of Colorado-Denver, University of Texas-Anderson Cancer Center, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Emory University School of Medicine, American Cancer Society, and Temple University Fels institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology, in addition to AUBMC.
Experts, academics, and representatives of universities worldwide participated in lectures and discussions within set panels.
In an unprecedented gathering of world university presidents, the American University of Beirut held a third special symposium entitled “Higher Education in the Region: Between Internationalization and Local Relevance” on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 [https://youtu.be/fpZ1LWDi2JM and https://youtu.be/jv0Einhw17c]. Chaired by President Fadlo Khuri and Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, Dr. Tarek Mitri, the symposium consisted of two panels discussing two questions each. The first panel brought together the Presidents of Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, Ahfad University for Women, Sudan; University of Saint Joseph, Lebanon; and Qatar University; with the Dean of International Students and Global Engagement of Amherst College; Chancellor of the University of Sharjah; and Tertiary Education Coordinator and Lead Tertiary Education Specialist of the World Bank. Discussions were held on ‘Collaboration between Institutions’; ‘Internationalization and the Issue of Language’; the ‘Relationship between Institutions and the Communities’; and developing a productive ‘Relationship to Industry’.
The symposia were organized by Dr. Nadia El Cheikh, AUB Interim Associate Provost and Professor, and were the first at AUB to engage the various components of the AUB constituency: Students, staff, faculty, alumni, members of the Board of Trustees, and friends of AUB worldwide.