Just like the beginning of every semester, the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at AUB held orientation sessions for around eighty new students, introducing them to their peers, as well as AUB services, facilities, and academic requirements.
Over three days, seventy six students were provided with essential information about requirements for the academic programs, registration for classes, student life, and campus services.
The orientation, which has been specially designed to help new students know more about AUB, was inaugurated by a speech delivered by the Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Talal Nizameddin. Students were then introduced to the counseling center by its Director Antoine Khabbaz, who explained the Center’s main role in helping students through stress relief and providing psychological support.
Mrs. Melissa Norton highlighted the Accessible education Office’s (AEO) mission to facilitate equal access for students with disabilities to the academic, social, and recreational activities and programs at the AUB. Mrs. Norton also emphasized on the University future plans to further enhance accessibility on campus.
Following the presentations held at the Assembly Hall, newcomers headed to Van Dyck Hall where they participated in a welcome reception. Students, coming from 10 different countries, gathered in the Faculty’s courtyard, where they split into groups based on their cultural backgrounds. This activity aimed to enhance and promote cross-cultural engagement among them.
Students then attended a session in Nabil Boustany Auditorium, during which they were introduced to the faculty rules and regulations. Following that, they were divided into groups based on their majors to meet their assigned advisers.
An ice breaking trivia session was held the next day, as prizes were distributed on winners of the group exercises. The newly enrolled students’ day was concluded by a meeting with the Dean of the Faulty of Health Sciences, Dr. Iman Nuwayhid, who wished them good fortune in their journey, reassuring them once again that the Faculty and the University, provide through its facilities, environment, and most advanced learning and teaching methods, the ideal conditions for them to thrive to be the leaders of tomorrow. Dr. Nuwayhid stressed on the need for new student to approach their advisors, professors, or other member of the faculty for any support they might need to achieve their goals.
After relieving the stress caused by registration over the weekend, the newcomers took part in the “AUB Neighborhood Initiative.” Designed for staff members and students, this new initiative aims to promote and protect the diversity and vitality of Ras Beirut neighborhood through innovative outreach activities and interdisciplinary research. Over two hours, students toured the streets and areas near AUB, and had a close look at how important their role is in improving the community.
Finally, with the preparations now finalized, the FHS family wishes the new members the best of luck in this new chapter of their lives at AUB!