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Sur to Sur: an enduring link between Lebanon and Oman


​​​​​​​​​​FHS Dean Iman Nuwayhid, VP Imad Baalbaki, and AVP Salma Oueida traveled to Muscat, Oman in early December to attend a gala dinner hosted by the Oman Alumni Chapter for AUB alumni, friends, family, and members of the Lebanese diaspora in Oman. Lebanese Ambassador Albert Samaha and his wife were among the distinguished guests. Samaha, whose son Karim will be joining AUB in fall 2019, spoke movingly about the importance of AUB to the region.

During their visit, Baalbaki and Oueida met with a number of individuals to explore opportunities for greater collaboration between AUB and Oman. “There is enormous interest in partnering with AUB not just in Oman but in a growing number of places around the world,” said Baalbaki.  

The theme for this year’s gala was Sur to Sur, a reminder of the enduring ties between Oman and Lebanon. In his remarks, Nuwayhid, who spoke on behalf of President Fadlo R. Khuri, picked up on this theme noting that he and his colleagues at FHS are pursuing a number of initiatives with the Ministry of Health and the Sultan Qabus University Department of Family Medicine and Public Health. Nuwayhid spoke also about VITAL, Khuri’s vision for AUB in 2030.

The purpose of the gala dinner was to raise scholarship funds for deserving and financially needy students at AUB. Oman Chapter President Ghassan Shammas urged guests to “keep up the good work in supporting needy and deserving students” noting that the chapter currently supports 12 scholarship students at AUB. “Our alumni chapters play a pivotal role in raising scholarship funds,” explained Oueida. “We count on them—and they deliver!”

Check the photos of the 2018 Oman Chapter Annual Gala Dinner!

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