American Univesity of Beirut

Lebanon’s top achievers join AUB on CNRS-L scholarships

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Safa Jafari Safa, Office of Communications,​

The American University of Beirut awarded twelve students full scholarships as part of the joint program with the National Council for Scientific Research in Lebanon (CNRS-L), bringing the total of CNRS-L scholars currently enrolled in the university to 31. 

A ceremony was held at the Grand Serail in the presence of Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Minister of Education and Higher Education Abbas al-Halabi, Secretary General of CNRS-L Tamara El Zein, American University of Beirut Provost Zaher Dawy, and other ministers and representatives of universities in Lebanon. Award certificates were presented to 56 top achieving high school graduates who received CNRS-L scholarships in Lebanon this year, making the scholarship’s 19th cohort. Nadine Mcheik, who joined the American University of Beirut to study chemical engineering, delivered the awardee speech at this year’s ceremony.

“What we experience today is a unique reflection of willpower, hard work, and hope in a country that will not give up its status as a home for education, thought, and culture,” said Dr. Tamara El Zein. She added that the CNRS-L will resume its commitment toward Lebanon’s distinguished students and called for “humanizing” education to graduate “a logical, ethical, creative generation of citizens who will rebuild Lebanon.”

The new CNRS-L scholars, who all ranked first to fifth in the baccalaureate high school diploma, joined the American University of Beirut to study electrical and computer engineering (Clara Fakhry), computer and communications engineering (Farah Abdallah, Nour Fawaz, Rawad Kansoh, and Zeinab Khashab); computer science (Rasha Harb); business administration (Fatima Zaarour); architecture (Mira Kanso); biology (Raghad Abou Ibrahim, Racha Saad, and Wael Saad); and chemical engineering (Nadine Mcheik). 

“I chose to pursue my studies at the American University of Beirut, knowing that it has the best faculty of engineering in the whole region,” said Clara Fakhry who started this year her education in electrical and computer engineering at the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA). “Besides, I am sure that it will provide the best education and college experience, and it will open the door for many opportunities in the following stages of my life.” 

“As the best university in Lebanon and one of the best in the region, even in the world, AUB seems to be the right place for everyone who wants to pursue a bright career, and that's what we all as students hope to do in our future,” said Rawad Kansoh, a sophomore student majoring in computer and communication engineering at MSFEA. “It is a great opportunity to be a part of this university and specifically this faculty. I am looking forward to enjoying the upcoming years at the American University of Beirut.”

Since its establishment in 1962, CNRS-L has been serving with the goal of encouraging research, keeping the scientific community in Lebanon connected with advances achieved worldwide, and dedicating its resources to meet local development objectives. Since the launch of the undergraduate scholarship program in 2002-2001 through contributions from the council as well as the universities, 422 students have received full financial coverage to study at eight universities throughout Lebanon. 

“When I got awarded the CNRS-L scholarship, I did not hesitate to choose AUB, one of the best universities in the middle east and in the world,” said Wael Saad who is pursuing his degree in Biology at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “Personally, I think that AUB is the perfect place that would offer the quality education I need while providing optimal conditions for my personal development. I am looking forward to becoming the best version of myself, getting the best out of the vast opportunities offered at AUB, and enjoying the eventful fruitful experience.”

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