Due to the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 and in consideration of the safety of students, faculty, and staff, FAFS held a virtual New Student Orientation Event (January 25). Dean Rabi H. Mohtar welcomed new students to FAFS, addressing them as activists for the causes of water and food security; noting that FAFS deals with issues of national priority, such as food production (both plant and animal), food processing, preserving biodiversity, ecosystem services, food packaging, soil and water processes that preserve the surface water, the groundwater, and the soil.
Dr. Mohamad Farran, Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies, gave a presentation on academic advising and the FAFS undergraduate disciplines. Afterwards, Dean Rabi H. Mohtar welcomed the new graduate students to FAFS and underlined the challenges of the food and agriculture system and the economy in Lebanon and the importance of producing food for sustainability in the coming years. The Dean expressed his eagerness to train, mentor, and guide their research in issues prominently important to the nation as we move forward. Dear Mohtar informed the students of the new graduate guidelines, whereby each graduate student is expected to present his/her research plan by the end of the first year at FAFS and to publish a paper at the end of their graduate studies. Afterwards, Dr. Isam Bashour, FAFS Coordinator of Graduate Studies, gave a presentation detailing FAFS's graduate programs, the forms students need to complete (1, 2, and 3), academic advising, graduate fellowship, graduate research assistance, and thesis and non-thesis tracks at the faculty.