American Univesity of Beirut

MEPI-TLG-Success Stories 2021


Rania Bou Said's (Lebanon) Win

One of MEPI-TLG scholars, Rania Bou Said (Lebanon), won the most creative pitch award and has been selected among eight projects to advance to Phase 2 of the Water Innovation Lab Lebanon. Rania and her team co-developed “SaWa", a solution-oriented project designed to ensure environmental control on agriculture, with a focus on efficient water use and responsible water pumping. Rania also received a certificate from Waterlution, a Canadian non-profit organization, for completing 30 hours of professional online training in the Water Innovation Lab in Lebanon and presented at a webinar conducted by the MENA Food Safety Associates (MEFOSA) to discuss issues related to the field of agriculture, rural development, and the role of the youth.

Mohammad Al Rifai Entrepreneur, Student Leader, Change Maker

Mohamad Al Rifai (Lebanon), of the first cohort of Policymaking, Gender Studies, and Resource Management (PGRM) at AUB, has won a seat in the students' elections held at AUB on November 13, 2020. Mohamad joined AUB' Secular Club last summer and ran for student elections as a member of the secular club. The Campus Choice list, announced by the AUB Secular Club that included Mohamad, won 33 out of 94 Student Representative Committee ( SRC ) seats, and won 9 out of 12 of University Faculty Student Committee (USFC)  seats. Mohamad received 89% of the votes for the seat as compared to his competitor for the same seat. As an OSB graduate SRC, Mohamad believes it is his responsibility to represent graduate business students' and carry their concerns and requests to the administration. Mohamad's representation is essential at these times at AUB, when Lebanon is going through a social and economic crisis.

Alumna Aya Hamze “Highly Commended" at Global Undergraduate Awards

On a different note of success stories, the Department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management (LDEM) congratulates their 2019 alumna, Aya Hamze (Lebanon), whose paper ranked among the top 10% of papers submitted to the Architecture and Design category in “The Global Undergraduate Awards 2020". Aya's paper, The Energy Park - Reclaiming the Naameh Landfill, which was her final year project for a bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture, made it to the top from among over 4,000 submissions to the Undergraduate Awards this year. Aya Hamze is a MEPI-TLG scholar at AUB, pursuing her graduate degree in Rural Community Development. AUB and MEPI are proud of Aya's achievement. We look forward to more success stories from all of the MEPI-TLG scholars during these challenging times. 



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