The Department of Computer Science at the American University of Beirut (AUB), in coordination with the Computer Science Alumni Chapter, and Computer Science Student Society, organized a reception to endorse the establishment of the long-awaited Syndicate of Computer Sciences in Lebanon.
Dr. Wadih Jureidini, from AUB’s department of Computer Science, and a co-founder and board member of the Syndicate, emphasized the importance of this achievement stating that "the Syndicate came about to fill a gap as it aims to represent the interests and aspirations of the Computer Sciences Community in Lebanon.” He added: “our role has grown and will continue to grow with the advancements in computer sciences and related fields; it is now an essential part in our daily lives.”
Dr. Wassim El Hajj, Chairperson of the Department of Computer Science at AUB, said: “We are very happy and honored to co-organize this event and host the newly established Syndicate of Computer Sciences in Lebanon, whose president and the majority of its board members are AUB graduates. We are confident that this Syndicate will give a boost and organize the computing discipline in Lebanon and beyond.”
The president of the Syndicate Mr. Rami Santina discussed the Syndicate formation process and regulations, elaborating on the legalities, bylaws and its importance for Alumni, faculty, and the field at large.
This initiative will give computer scientists the opportunity to benefit from syndicate’s offerings and promote their work as they will from now on be represented by their own legal entity. The syndicate mandate is to advise on information technology and computing issues, as Mr. Santina explained: “Currently, the government seeks advising from companies abroad, while we have brilliant people working in the field.”
The reception was followed by an open discussion on the syndicate’s future plans and projects.