Sally Abou Melhem <email@example.com>, Office of Communications
AUB welcomed year 2019 with the signing of four graduate studies agreements with the Lebanese Army, General Security, Internal Security Forces, and State Security, guaranteeing that officers in active service, and their spouses, can pursue their studies at half cost once accepted to any of the university’s graduate programs.
Associate Director of Admissions Nadine Naffah commented on this step saying that AUB will provide the officers with a first-rate education that could further their careers and support them in their service to Lebanon. She added that these agreements will also allow AUB to “strengthen its ties with such security organizations, and enrich its graduate programs,” since these officers come from diverse backgrounds with a variety of life experiences.
Naffah explained that the idea of these graduate studies agreements developed as a result of the “Parents Incentive” campaign AUB held a couple of years ago on the occasion of its 150th anniversary. As the university approached officers with children in high schools, to gauge their interest in sending them to study at AUB, the response was enthusiasm, not only towards making this possible for their children, but also for themselves.
“As the oldest and most prestigious university in Lebanon and the Arab world, we take great pride and responsibility in extending our hands to provide the finest officers of the Army, General Security, Internal Security Forces, and State Security with opportunities for a world class postgraduate education,” said AUB President Fadlo Khuri, who signed the agreements on behalf of the university.
The agreements were signed with Lieutenant General Joseph Aoun from the Lebanese Army on December 5, 2018 at the Ministry of Defense; and Major General Abbas Ibrahim from General Security on December 7, 2018 at the General Security Premises. The agreements with Internal Security Forces and State Security were signed with Major General Imad Osman on December 12, 2018 at the Internal Security Forces Premises; and Major General Toni Saliba on January 3, 2019 at the State Security Premises.