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                                                                        Midweek                                                                      Issue #45- Wednesday May 6, 2009

       Strong AUST Presence at HORECA 2009

AUST’s Hospitality Management Department stand at Biel.

The HORECA 2009 is a worldwide recognized event that gathers hundreds of exhibitors                The First team consisted of two students: Ali Hijazi, a junior student majoring in
belonging to the hospitality and tourism management sectors. This event is held in BIEL, Beirut.   Business Management and works as Chef de Rang in Phoenicia Intercontinental Hotel;
                                                                                                   and Nathalie Gergess, a junior student majoring in Hospitality Management.
This year, the companies and suppliers have exhibited a wide range of products, tools,
equipment and services. The areas represented included, but were not limited to hotels,            While Stephanie Abou Jaoudeh and Joseph Merheb, junior students in Hospitality
catering, restaurants, tourism, equipment and tools manufacturers, consulting, training            Management major; with the later working as Chef de Rang in Phoenicia
and education. More than 200-themed pavilions were represented including nutrition                 Intercontinental Hotel, made up the second team.
and wellbeing, Lebanese designers, franchise, technology, schools and universities,
equipment, hygiene, tabletop, furniture, food and beverage and hospitality services.               The first team won the Silver medal.
Moreover, 200 chefs from around the world acted as competitors and judges in the                   The second team did not win a medal but received special mention for their effort.
multitude of activities at the forum.
                                                                                                   2. Live-cold-sandwich-making competition
The countries represented were: Cyprus, Egypt, France, Italy, Jordan, KSA, Lebanon,                Two AUST students competed with more than 70 students and employees from NDU,
Malaysia, Poland, Spain, Syria, UAE and Yemen.                                                     USJ, USEK, UL, C&E, AUL, Phoenicia Intercontinental Hotel, Intercontinental Le
AUST Hospitality Management Department, as always, rose to the challenge and                       Vendome Hotel, La Table d’Alfred, Le Royal Beirut Hotel, and others.
participated as an exhibitor and actual competitor.                                                First student: Ahmad El Sayed, a sophomore student majoring in Hospitality
The Hospitality Management Department participated in two students’ events:                        Management and works as Restaurant Manager at the Café “Aux Lait”, in Kaslik.
                                                                                                   Second student: George Abou Khattar, a sophomore student majoring in Hospitality
1. Junior table setting competition                                                                Management and works in his family business, a Sandwich Shop in Bekfaya.
Two AUST teams competed with teams from International Hospitality Association, NDU,
USJ, C&E, USEK and AUL.                                                                            Both these students won the Bronze Medal.

The AUST students presenting their “table setting” project to the jury.

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     AUST President Hiam Sakr meets Jordanian Minister of
                       Higher Education
                                                                                                                                                      President Hiam Sakr met with
                                                                                                                                                      Dr. Walid Maani, Minister of
                                                                                                                                                      Higher    Education     and
                                                                                                                                                      Scientific Research in Jordan,
                                                                                                                                                      on April 18th, 2009, and
                                                                                                                                                      discussed       with    him    the
                                                                                                                                                      possible ways through which
                                                                                                                                                      AUST could cooperate with
                                                                                                                                                      Jordanian              educational
                                                                                                                                                      institutions so that each
                                                                                                                                                      institution would share its
                                                                                                                                                      points of expertise with the

                                                                                                                                                      The following issues were
                                                                                                                                                      discussed: exchange English
                                                                                                                                                      Language,         continuing
                                                                                                                                                      education, and the possibility
                                                                                                                                                      of joint ventures with Jordanian
AUST President Hiam Sakr & the Jordanian Minister of Higher Education, Dr. Walid Maani.

    AUST – International Affairs Department hosts Dr. Kyriacos
    Kouros, Chargé d’Affaires at the Embassy of the Republic of
                         Cyprus in Lebanon

His Excellency Dr. Kyriacos Kouros.

As one of the series of lectures that The International Affairs Department has            on-going negotiation process between the Greek and the Turkish parts of the
planned for the spring semester, it welcomed his Excellency Dr. Kyriacos Kouros,          divided island.
the Chargé d’Affaires at the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Lebanon on
April 8th, 2009, to give a lecture on “The Unification Process in Cyprus”. The            His Excellency Dr. Kyriacos Kouros, after thanking the AUST and the International
main focus of the lecture was the Cypriot’s efforts to reach a settlement between         Affairs Department for inviting him, briefed his audience on the establishment of the
the Turkish and the Greek communities.                                                    Republic of Cyprus, highlighted the reasons behind the political strife in the island, and
                                                                                          detailed the policy perspectives of Cyprus as a new EU member state, in relation to its
Doctor Georges Massé, Chairperson of Humanities and Social Sciences &                     geographical position in the world.
Chairperson of International Affairs Departments, after welcoming everyone,
gave a historical introduction about the Independence of Cyprus, the Turkish              At the end of the lecture, students were given a chance to ask questions to which his
military interference in 1974, the European Union membership, and finally the             Excellency Dr. Kyriacos Kouros answered in details.

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 Dr. Hejase, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at
  AUST, a member in the Board of Directors of the Lebanese
                   Management Association
                                                                                                                        The      Lebanese        Saudi Arabia in Lebanon)
                                                                                                                        Management               Mr. Karam Atallah, Secretary-(General
                                                                                                                        Association      is      Manager, Gefinor Finance Group)
                                                                                                                        one       of   the       Mr. Antoine Wakim, Coordinator of the
                                                                                                                        p r o m i n e n t        Council of Consultants-(Actuary Expert)
                                                                                                                        L e b a n e s e          Mr. Mohamed Fawaz, Management
                                                                                                                        institutions that        Development Consultant-(Managing
                                                                                                                        have contributed         Partner UMB-QMI)
                                                                                                                        to the training of       Mr. Mouhieddine Ghannoum, Training
                                                                                                                        thousands       of       and    Development    Coordinator-
                                                                                                 Lebanese and Arab managers, experts             (Executive Manager–Jazairi Transportations)
                                                                                                 and executives for 50 years.                    Mr. Fahed Assaf, Liaison with NGOs-
                                                                                                 A new Board of Directors was elected this       (General Manager, Safir International Co.)
                                                                                                 year, and Dr. Hussien Hejase, was               Dr. Hussin Hejase, Conferences &
                                                                                                 elected a member.                               Research Coordinator-(Dean, Faculty of
                                                                                                 The new Board of Directors of the               Business & Economics, AUST)
                                                                                                 Lebanese Management Association -               Ms. Salwa Seniora Baasiri, Board
                                                                                                 LMA - is as follows:                            Member-(Deputy General – the Lebanese
                                                                                                 Mr. Atef Jubaily, President-(Consultant         National Committee – UNESCO)
                                                                                                 and Lecturer in Business Administration)        Mr. Raouf Abu Zaki, Board Member-
                                                                                                 Mr. Sami Saade, Vice President-                 (General Manager, Iktisad Wal-Aamal)
                                                                                                 (Consultant – AROPE Insurance Co.)              Mr. Toni Frem, Board Member-
                                                                                                 Mr. Hani Houssami, Controller-(General          (Spokesperson, INDEVCO Group)
The Board of Directors of the Lebanese Management Association.                                   Manager, National Commercial Bank of

        The Computer Science Department at AUST welcomes the
           Managing Director of Berytech, Dr. Nicolas Rouhana
                                                                                                Chairperson of the Department of Computer       advanced technology innovations, and
                                                                                                Science, Dr. Aziz Barbar, after welcoming Dr.   provide access to local incubation facilities
                                                                                                Rouhana, encouraged the students to invest      and technical assistance and expertise
                                                                                                in themselves so that they become the next      from Berytech. The “Philips Innovation
                                                                                                generation’s entrepreneurs.                     Program” only supports projects related to
                                                                                                Dr. Rouhana discussed with Computer             healthcare, lighting, and consumer
                                                                                                Science, Computer and Communications            lifestyle on one condition; the market
                                                                                                Engineering,        and         Management      should be available.
                                                                                                Information Systems students and faculty        AUST students were advised to present
                                                                                                members the importance of “Philips              their senior projects and participate in this
                                                                                                Innovation Program” and its effects on the      program.      Projects,       from   different
                                                                                                Arab world. The program’s initiative is to      universities, will be evaluated and the
                                                                                                promote the development of broader and          winning innovators will have the opportunity
                                                                                                deeper innovation capabilities throughout       to develop their business case during a
                                                                                                the Arab region, stimulate local talent and     period up to 6-months internship within
                                                                                                young Arab entrepreneurs to develop solid       Philips High Tech campuses, R&D and
                                                                                                business      concepts      supported     by    incubator facilities, with all expenses paid.
Dr. Nicolas Rouhana lecturing.

Mr. Ralph Saab from “National Instruments” addresses CCE students
On Wednesday April 8, 2009, the              control, and industrial automation.
Chairperson of the CCE Department, Dr.
Adel Chit, invited Mr. Ralph Saab, field     Then Mr. Saab, demonstrated with hands-
                                             on experiments, the NI hardware (NI
engineer from NI™ (National Instruments),
                                             ELVIS II+, NI Compact FieldPoint, FPGA,
a leader in virtual instrumentation and
                                             and NI CompactRIO). The experiments
graphical programming, for a presentation    were thrilling because they reflected real
on NI hardware and software. The lecture     life problems and demonstrated the
was given in the Controls Laboratory         strength and importance of LabVIEW®
(Block A -3), from 4:00 till 8:00pm.         and the NI hardware.

Mr. Saab started the demonstration with      At the end, Mr. Saab emphasized the
an introduction of the history of National   importance of NI LabVIEW® and NI
Instruments™ and the scope of their          hardware in engineering education and
products, as well as the importance of       affirmed that most universities in Lebanon
their work to the international community.   and the Arab region have adopted them in
                                             their curricula. He made AUST a proposal
The CCE students were informed about
                                             to equip the CCE laboratories with these
the NI software, NI LabVIEW® (short for
                                             state-of-the-art instruments and hopefully
Laboratory      Virtual    Instrumentation   we will have them soon.
Engineering Workbench) which is a visual                            By Michel J. Owayjan
programming language that is commonly                       Computer Science Department, and
                                             Computer & Communications Engineering Department
used for data acquisition, instrument                                                           Mr. Ralph Saab, Field Engineer from NI during the presentation.

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       A Jordanian Delegation at AUST - Beirut
                                                                                                                                               The Director General of the
                                                                                                                                               Ministry of Higher Education, Dr.
                                                                                                                                               Turki accompanied by the Vice
                                                                                                                                               President      of    the     Jordanian
                                                                                                                                               German        University      and    the
                                                                                                                                               Jordanian       Cultural       Attaché,
                                                                                                                                               visited AUST- Beirut. After a
                                                                                                                                               short tour around the campus
                                                                                                                                               they        discussed           various
                                                                                                                                               academic        affairs       and    the
                                                                                                                                               possibility         of       affiliations
                                                                                                                                               Between         AUST         and     the
                                                                                                                                               Jordanian universities.
AUST President Hiam Sakr, V.P. Riad Sakr, and Dr. Attieh with the Jordanian Delegation.

AUST’s MBA Student Conducting A New Computer Science Continuing
   Professional Workshop          Program @ AUST - Sidon

                                                                                           Dr. Roger Achkar and Mr. Georges Naffah

On April 02, 2009 Mr. Mohamed Majzoub          three most influential components           The Department of Computer Science & Engineering— Sidon Campus—held a
Dit Tartouzi, MBA candidate of the Faculty     involved in producing human experience:     seminar on April 3, 2009 entitled “Microsoft Certifications for IT Professionals
of Business and Economics at AUST and          neurology, language and programming.        (MCITP): Entreprise Administrator”. Mr. Georges Naffah, Microsoft certified trainer,
in collaboration with the Lebanese             The neurological system regulates how       discussed the following issues:
Management Association (LMA) have              our bodies function, language determines    -Enterprise systems administrator
conducted a workshop to members of the         how we interface and communicate with       -IT systems manager
professional community of the service          other people and our programming            -Enterprise security administrator
                                                                                           -Systems architect
sector. The theme was “Strategies for          determines the kinds of models of the
                                                                                           -Network administrator
Life.” It was carried out under the auspices   world we create.                            This seminar was to orient and instruct the CSI, CCE and MIS students of the new
of the LMA. The aim of this workshop was                                                   MCITP track that will be launched soon in AUST - Sidon. The lecture provided
to train young managers of the                 Neuro-Linguistic Programming describes      students with more knowledge and means to objectively recognize and validate their
professional Lebanese market in “Neural        the fundamental dynamics between mind       abilities to perform critical IT job roles by using Microsoft technologies to their best
Language Programming - NLP”.                   (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how   advantage.
                                               their interplay affects our body and                                                                            Dr. Roger Achkar,
The NLP is a name that encompasses the         behavior (programming).                                                                     CCE & CSI Coordinator – Sidon Campus

                  AUST Communication Arts students on a photo trip
                                                                                                                       From time to time, the secrets that dwell within the
                                                                                                                       faraway valleys, mountains, rivers and the rest of the
                                                                                                                       natural world allure the human spirits to approach them
                                                                                                                       and try to unveil them in an attempt to tell their stories in
                                                                                                                       their own ways. And that’s what some students from the
                                                                                                                       Communication Arts Department along with their
                                                                                                                       instructor Mr. Jean-Pierre Tarabay decided to do on
                                                                                                                       Saturday, April4, 2009, at 4 am where they gathered
                                                                                                                       altogether at the campus and headed toward Janat
                                                                                                                       Kartaba; a place that’s full of frozen adventures waiting for
                                                                                                                       some curious minds and ever-moving camera lenses to
                                                                                                                       meet them, like those of Elie Sawaya and Natalie Nimri
                                                                                                                       who were able to unveil some of the secrets and tell their
                                                                                                                       stories in those photographs.
                                                                                                                                                                        By Noam Raydan

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       LOCAL                               Business weekly April 29                                                                   th
                                                                                                                                           09           REGIONAL
                                      ECONOMY                                                                                              ECONOMY
Tourism activity up by 53.6% in the first quarter of 2009
                                                                                                     IMF forecasts real GDP growth in the Middle East at 2.5% in 2009 and 3.5% in 2010

                                                                                                     Colliers views a lack of liquidity in GCC real estate markets

                                                                                                     Saudi Arabia’s Business Optimism Index indicates positive but low profit expectations
                                                                                                     for the second quarter of 2009

                                                                                                     Injaz sees uncertain economics outlook for MENA economics in 2009


                                                                                                     Fitch sees UAE as the GCC country with the highest risks from retail lending and Saudi
                                                                                                     Arabia with the lowest risks
                                                                  Source: ministry of tourism
                                                                                                     According to a recent report released by Fitch ratings entitled “GCC Banks: Risks from
Consumer prices up by 0.4% in the first quarter of 2009                                              Retail Lending”, the Gulf Cooperation Council operating environment will negatively
Fiscal deficit accounts for 32% of overall expenditures in the first two months of 2009              affect prospects for GCC retail banking, but the degree of severity will vary, with the
Imports of industrial machinery up by 27.0% in the first two months of 2009                          highest risk in the region being that of UAE banks, while the lowest risk being that of
                                                                                                     Saudi banks
Clearing activity up by 7.9% in the first quarter of 2009

IMF maintains Lebanon’s real GDP growth at 3.0% in 2009 with a partial recovery up to
4.0% in 2010                                                                                         Deutsche bank increases Saudi banks’ target prices by 15% following preliminary Q1
Barclays Capital anticipates real economic slowdown in Lebanon in 2009 with the                      09 result disclosure
banking system remaining solid
                                                                                                    Deutsche Bank issued a new report on Saudi banks in light of preliminary result
                                   CORPORATE NEWS                                                   announcement for the first quarter of 2009, in which it raised the listed banks’ target
                                                                                                    prices by around 15% following positive revenue performance and generally limited
Audi Saradar Private bank granted “Best Local Private Bank in Lebanon” for 2008                     near term risks from these banks’ investment portfolios.
award by EUROMONEY magazine
Banque BEMO’s net profits up by 27% to US$ 2.5 million in the first quarter of 2009
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts to open in Beirut in 2009                                                                         MARKETS
TSC posts a net loss of US$ 19.7 million in 2008
                                                                                                              ARAB EQUITY MARKETS DOWN BY 2.3% ON PROFIT TAKING
Nissan tops car sales in Lebanon with 1,148 newly registered car sales in the first
                                                                                                     Arab equity markets ended in the negative territory, moving down by 2.3% according
quarter of 2009
                                                                                                     to MSCI Arabian Markets Index

                                                                                                     Property stocks took a hit with bellwether Emaar properties, Abu Dhabi Sorouh real
                                                                                                     Estate and Arabtec pacing the decline.

                                                                                                     The Saudi markets finishes in the red this week (-3.2%)

                                                                                                     In Kuwait , the market moved down by 2.7% following a retreat in the Saudi market

                                                                                                     In Qatar , Doha shares slipped by 0.9%, with banking stock taking the brunt of the

                                                                                                                               Gaby Tabbal- Instructor-AUST Bank Audi sal-Audi Saradar Group

                                                        IMPORTATIONS D’ÉQUIPEMENTS              INDUSTRIELS   : +15,6 %   EN   2008

Les importations d’équipements industriels, principal indicateur des investissements
du secteur industriel, se sont élevées à 187,9 millions de dollars en 2008, en hausse
de 15,6 % par rapport à 2007 et de 44,7 % par rapport à 2006. Selon le ministère de
l’Industrie, l’Italie a été le principal fournisseur de ces équipements, les importations
en provenance de ce pays ayant atteint 45,5 millions de dollars, soit 24,2 % du total.
L’Allemagne vient en seconde place avec une part de 21,4 % (40,2 millions de dollars),
suivie par la Chine avec une part de 15,9 % (29,9 millions de dollars), les États-Unis
avec une part de 5,9 % (11,1 millions) et la Turquie dont la part a représenté 4,3 % du
total (8,2 millions de dollars).

                                                                                                                                                                  Source : Ministère de l’industrie

                                                     EXPORTATION    INDUSTRIELLES        :   TROIS MILLIARDS DE DOLLARS EN       2008

Selon les chiffres publiés par le ministère de l’Industrie, les exportations industrielles
se sont élevées en 2008 à environ trois milliards de dollars, en hausse de 30 % par
rapport à 2007. Ces exportations ont représenté 86 % du total des exportations
libanaises. Les exportations de machines se sont taillées la part du lion, soit 18 %,
suivies par celles des produits métallurgiques (17,7 %) et celles des produits
chimiques (14,5 %).

                                                                                                                                                                  Source : Ministère de l’industrie

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                                         AUST International Cup 2009

Nine universities and around 800 students participated in the AUST International Cup 2009 tournaments in Football, Futsal (Male/Female), Basketball (Male/Female), Volleyball
(Male/Female), Chess (Single/Team), and extended from May 1st till May 5th, 2009.

Participated Universities:
AUST, AUB, NDU, USJ, LIU, BAU, Haigazian from Lebanon, JUST from Jordan and
AUD from U.A.E

Opening Ceremony:
Under the patronage of Judge Nasri Lahoud, President of the F.S.U.L, a ceremony was held, announcing the opening of the tournaments. Hip Hop, Folklore, and crazy dunkers
shows were held during the ceremony. At the end, the tournament flame was lit, announcing the beginning of the tournament.

Football (Men):
1st Place: AUB       2nd Place: JUST     3rd Place: AUST MVP: Leith Hussein from JUST

Futsal (Men):
1st Place: AUST       2nd Place: JUST     3rd Place: AUD MVP: Rami Ladki from AUST

Futsal (Women):
1st Place: USJ      2nd Place: AUD 3rd Place:AUB         MVP: Rasha Bou Ghazali from USJ

Basketball (Men):
1st Place: USJ    2nd Place: AUB      3rd Place:AUST MVP: Carlos Hardan from USJ

Basketball (Women):
1st Place: NDU      2nd Place: USJ      3rd Place: LIU MVP: Fay Prince from NDU

Volleyball (Men):
1st Place: AUST     2nd Place: AUD     3rd Place:JUST MVP: Cezar Karam from AUST

Volleyball (Women):
1st Place: USJ    2nd Place: AUB       3rd Place: AUST MVP:Raouida Asaad from USJ

Chess (Team):
1st Place: USJ      2nd Place: AUST     3rd Place: Haigazian

Chess (Single):
1st Place: USJ      2nd Place: JUST     3rd Place: USJ

Total results:
Points accumulated during the tournaments and accordingly the universities were ranked as
follows in each sport:

1st place: USJ with 66 points
2nd Place: AUST with 51 points
3rd Place: AUB with 34 points
4th Place: JUST with 32 points
5th place: AUD with 14 points

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 On The Lighter Side                                                                                        A m e r i c a n U n i v e r s i t y O f S c i e n c e & Te c h n o l o g y

The clues which are presented to you in the Across and Down words directions are there to help you find out the corresponding words in the puzzle. Manage to solve it.

                                                                                                                  Understanding (2 words)

Hard                                                                                         Easy

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