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ANNOUNCEMENTS


Message from the President


March 27, 2020

Dear Members of the UOB Community,

It is definitely one of the most challenging times that we are experiencing at all levels: academic, economic, and personal safety. However, it is only in those existential times that creative minds can make a difference. The tremendous and relentless effort of a group of our University staff, students, and friends of UOB, has yielded an innovative approach to create a solution for online exam processes, as well as a genuine guideline for helping in the struggle against the COVID-19 foe.

As once eloquently said by Tom Freston: “Innovation is taking two things that exist and putting them together in a new way”. Having said that, you should know that the University of Balamand has been developing and testing many platforms to salvage the academic year for our students while maintaining exam integrity at the same time. In that perspective, we acquired and tested Respondus for online exams on the 8th, 9th and 24th of March 2020, respectively. It is now fully integrated with Moodle, and the first exam using this software was carried out today, Friday 27 March 2020.

This online proctoring service restricts students from accessing programs and applications until they complete the exam. They are video-monitored through their PCs’ webcams. Using video analytics and artificial intelligence, patterns and anomalies associated with unauthorized activities are automatically detected and flagged. In addition to the above system, the GIS Center at the Faculty of Engineering also designed an innovative approach to live track the geographic location of students to ensure no near proximity while taking the exam. The integration of location intelligence and online proctoring solution is considered a pioneering approach, unique to the University of Balamand, which will ensure the highest level of integrity in non-proctored exams.

Another urgent concern is the grading system for the spring semester. On that matter, I want to assure all our students that the decision will be based on their best interest, and it will be announced by early next week.

Finally, I would like to conclude with a pledge to never allow negative thoughts nor detrimental events to drain our energy. “Instead of worrying about what we cannot control, let’s shift our energy to what we can create” (Roy T. Bennet). Let us work hand in hand for a better future, a better country, and a better life.

Stay safe and God bless you all.

Elias L. Warrak
President

Message from the President


March 22, 2020

Dear Members of the Balamandian Community,

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and the rise in registered cases in Lebanon, the University of Balamand will remain closed for the week extending from Monday March 23rd to Sunday March 29th. UOB will continue with its online teaching and learning process as planned.

I take this opportunity to extend my warm wishes to all UOB mothers and the mothers of all staff, students and faculty members.

May God bless you all and keep you safe with your loved ones.                                                            

Elias L. Warrak
President


Free internet access to e-learning platforms


March 19, 2020

The Ministry of Telecommunications announced that it will be working with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to white list all e-learning platforms use by Lebanese Education Institutions, whereby data consumed from the relevant e-learning platforms will not be deducted from the users' 4G mobile bundle.

The University of Balamand has taken the necessary steps to ensure that its students take advantage of the offering at the earliest.
Click here for details.


Message from the President


March 14, 2020

Dear Members of the Balamandian Community,

In view of the uncertainty in assessing the gravity and the extent of spreading of the COVID-19 epidemic, we, as university governance, have the obligation to keep the premises locked down for the safety of all.

Accordingly, the University of Balamand will remain physically closed for the coming week, extending from Monday March 16th till Sunday March 22nd. We will be nonetheless fully functional through the online teaching modalities and virtual classrooms throughout these unique challenging days.

The physical access to UOB Campuses will be restricted to Faculty, Staff, and students with valid reasons and special permission from the corresponding Deans and Directors.

As I always say, exceptional times need exceptional people. I believe you are all exceptionally talented to attend to your obligations and to fulfill your duties.

Stay safe, God bless.

Elias L. Warrak
President


Message from COVID-19 Crisis Management Team


Fake news is being shared on social media and on WhatsApp related to UOB students contracting the coronavirus.

There are no reported cases related to any of our students to date! We urge you to check the source of information and verify the facts before sharing any messages.

Be aware before you share!


Guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19)


March 10, 2020

Correspondence from the Nursing Program

Dear Students,

Following the updates and concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Nursing Program would like to remind you to follow the guidance and precautionary measures outlined below to protect yourself and those around you since at present there is no specific treatment or vaccine for the virus.

1. The virus can be transmitted before onset of symptoms with an incubation period of 2-14 days. It can be transmitted after close contact with infected person or respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
2. Social distancing for at least 1 meter is advisable.
3. Symptoms include: fever, shortness of breath, cough, runny nose, vomiting and diarrhea.
4. Most patients can gradually and spontaneously recover.
5. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
6. Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose and hair.
7. Eat healthy and sleep well to boost your immunity.

If you feel unwell:

1. Stay at home even with mild symptoms such as headache and runny nose until you recover.
2. Report to the University Health Services/physician on call if you develop respiratory symptoms especially after being in contact with suspected /confirmed case within a period of 14 days.
3. Do not share personal items with others.
4. Use tissues to cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and discard properly.
5. Clean your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or rub your hands with alcohol based hand sanitizer.
6. Wear appropriate surgical mask to avoid transmitting infection to others.
7. Clean and disinfect the surrounding environment frequently (surfaces and objects…).

The following link will provide additional awareness for health care providers:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-risk-assesment-hcp.html

We care about your well-being and safety.

Sincerely,
Bahia Abdallah
Nursing Director



Message from the President


March 8, 2020

Dear Members of the Balamandian Community,

I wish I was addressing you in different circumstances, to talk about your future, and our ambitions to help in that perspective.
Read full message

Elias L. Warrak
President


Message from the President


All UOB facilities (Gym, Library, food outlets etc.) are closed until Sunday 8 March 2020.

Note that all lectures will be uploaded on Moodle for all students to carry on their educational tasks in a virtual safe environment as directed by the corresponding Deans and Chairpersons.

Elias L. Warrak
President


Message from the President


February 28, 2020
Time: 11:30 p.m.

In compliance with the decision of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the University of Balamand will suspend all academic and administrative activities as of Saturday February 29th till Sunday March 8th, 2020.


Elias L. Warrak
President


St. George Faculty of Postgraduate Medical Education announces that it is accepting applications for postgraduate medical training in all medical specialties for the academic year 2020 – 2021.


A Qualifying Exam for:
  • Residency programs, IFOM Exam (Clinical Sciences) will be held on Thursday April 2, 2020.
  • Fellowship programs will be held on Friday April 3, 2020.

Application forms are available at the Faculty Office in Beirut.

Deadline for accepting applications: March 16, 2020.

The academic year starts July 1, 2020.

For further information please contact the Dean’s Office:
St. George Health Complex
Youssef Sursok St.
P.O. Box 166378, Achrafieh
Beirut 1100 2807 Lebanon
Tel: 01-566781
Fax: 01-566780
E-mail pme@balamand.edu.lb


Message from the Provost


November 15, 2019
Time: 1:30 p.m.

Dear Students and Faculty Members,

In light of the change in the academic calendar, please note the following:

  • - Saturday November 16, replaces a Monday schedule
  • - Saturday November 23, replaces a Tuesday schedule
  • - Saturday November 30, replaces a Wednesday schedule
  • - Saturday December 7, replaces a Thursday schedule
  • - Saturday December 14, replaces a Friday schedule
  • - The reading period is set to be on December 15, 2019
  • - The student drop period will end on December 6, 2019
  • - Assessments can resume as of November 18, 2019
Please check the website for the updated academic calendar

Georges Bahr
Acting Provost


Message from the President


November 25, 2019

Dear Members of the UOB Community,

It is with utmost pleasure that I announce the appointment of Dr. Salim A. Kanaan as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Director for Financial Aid and Scholarships Programs.

Dr. Kanaan received his PhD in Basic Medical Sciences (Microbiology) from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 1984 and pursued his academic training at the University of Pennsylvania, then Georgetown University, and ultimately at the George Washington University.

He joined AUB as a full time Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology in 1988. Along with the academic duties, he directed the Student Affairs and Financial Aid Office at the Off Campus Program (OCP) of AUB from 1988 till 1990 when he was appointed as the Director of the academic and administrative units at OCP till 1991. In 1997, he chaired the Department of Biology at the AUB main campus till 1999 when he structured and directed the Offices of Admissions and Financial Aid upon the request of AUB President John Waterbury and late Provost Peter Heath. Under Dr. Kanaan’s leadership, the office included 21 full time staff members, 15 student employments, a working budget of 37 million dollars, and almost doubling the number of student enrolled since he assumed this position.

With more than 35 years of successful academic and managerial experience, Dr. Kanaan will be a major asset to our University, working closely with its governance to enhance and develop new strategies in his field of expertise.

Please join me in welcoming heartedly Dr. Kanaan in his new endeavor at the University of Balamand, wishing him continuous success in his career and a joyful stay among the Balamandian family.

Elias L. Warrak
President


Message from the Provost


November 15, 2019
Time: 1:30 p.m.

Dear Students and Faculty Members,

In light of the change in the academic calendar, please note the following:

  • - Saturday November 16, replaces a Monday schedule
  • - Saturday November 23, replaces a Tuesday schedule
  • - Saturday November 30, replaces a Wednesday schedule
  • - Saturday December 7, replaces a Thursday schedule
  • - Saturday December 14, replaces a Friday schedule
  • - The reading period is set to be on December 15, 2019
  • - The student drop period will end on December 6, 2019
  • - Assessments can resume as of November 18, 2019
Please check the website for the updated academic calendar

Georges Bahr
Acting Provost


Message from the President


November 14, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Dear Balamandian Community,

As hard as it is to work under duress, in view of the stressful and devastating situation our beloved Lebanon, we all have the obligation to attend to our duties as students, staff and faculty members, in order to secure the fulfillment of the semester’s academic requirements.

I hereby address each and every one of you to help the University of Balamand resume its academic and administrative activities as of tomorrow, Friday November 15th, 2019.

Looking forward to seeing you all, and wishing you a safe return.

Elias L. Warrak
President


Message from the President


November 13, 2019
Time: 6:20 p.m.

Dear Members of the UOB Community,

I am running out of words in expressing my sadness regarding the unfortunate escalations that have been happening over the last 48 hours.

Considering the major security concerns and street confrontations, your safety remains, as always, our utmost priority.

Consequently, and though we can barely meet the academic calendar requirements, the University of Balamand will remain closed on Thursday November 14th, 2019.

Please keep monitoring our website and social media platforms for further updates.

May God Bless you and keep you safe.

Elias L. Warrak
President



November 13, 2019
Time: 2:00 a.m.

Due to the recent unfortunate events and the escalating situation in the country, the University of Balamand will suspend all academic and administrative activities on Wednesday November 13th, 2019.





November 12, 2019
Time: 5:12 p.m.

The University of Balamand will resume its classes and administrative activities tomorrow Wednesday November 13th, 2019.


Message from the President


November 11, 2019
Time: 7:13 p.m.

Dear Balamandians,

In compliance with the decision of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the University of Balamand will suspend its classes and administrative activities tomorrow, Tuesday November 12th, 2019.

Regards,

Elias L. Warrak
President



Message from the Office of Admissions and Registration


November 8, 2019
Time: 2:20 p.m.

Revised Academic Calendar Fall 2019-2020 (Student Based) click here



Message from the President


November 7, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Dear Balamandians,

In exceptional times, only exceptional people can do exceptional work. My heart goes to each and every one of you during these harsh days that we are witnessing.

In view of our country's volatile situation, and after a series of extensive discussions with Deans, chairpersons, and students, please note the following:

  • - No exams or any other graded assessment shall be scheduled this coming week, i.e. from November 11th to the 16th.
  • - All lectures must be uploaded and posted on Moodle.
  • - Saturdays will be considered regular academic and working days.
  • - December 23rd, 2019 will be the last day of the Fall 19-20 Final Exams.


Kindly communicate with your respective faculties for further details.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Elias L. Warrak
President


Message from the President


November 5, 2019
Time: 9:54 p.m.

Dear Balamandians,

I just want to let you know how much, me and all your teaching faculty, are proud of seeing you developing your thoughts, expressing your patriotic beliefs, and insisting on renovating Lebanon, a Lebanon that we feel proud belonging to.

As I have repeatedly announced, you are the clean, noble, and creative building blocks of the Lebanon that we have always dreamt to live in.

Having said that, I wanted to share with you a follow-up note on what we discussed yesterday:
  1. The remote teaching possibility has been tried successfully with the MED II students and we are planning to make it available for students and faculty members who are unable to be physically present at UOB.
  2. Most of the teaching material is in the process of being posted on Moodle to facilitate its access to students.
  3. Accommodation facilities are made available for students and faculty members coming from distant areas, in order to spare them the hassle of the horrible traffic and to ensure their safety.
  4. All students who were unable to attend their classes will be assisted in making up for the teaching material that they have missed, in coordination with the concerned faculty members.


At the end, I would like to emphasize once again that I am extremely proud of you all, seeing the level of responsibility and patriotism that you have explicitly expressed during our discussions yesterday.

With my sincere regards to all,

Elias L. Warrak
President


Message from the President


November 4, 2019
Time: 4:39 p.m.

  Dear Members of the UOB Community,

The University of Balamand is committed to resume its academic and administrative activities, keeping in mind that your safety remains our top priority. Our facilities will be open to all members of the UOB Community who can access it safely.

Cordially,

Elias L. Warrak
President


Message from the President


November 1, 2019
Time: 4:01 p.m.

Dear Members of the UOB Community,

It is long due for a fresh breeze of optimism. Keeping in mind that your safety comes first, we are planning to lead in resuming all UOB activities as of Monday November 4th, 2019.

I hope the situation will only progress towards better horizons.

Please keep monitoring our Website and social media for further updates.

Best regards,

Elias L. Warrak
President


Message from the President


October 31, 2019
Time: 5:27 p.m.

Dear UOB Students, Staff and Faculty Members,

In view of the uncertainty of the current situation, and keeping your safety as our primordial priority, the University of Balamand will remain closed on Friday November 1st, 2019.

Rest assured that salvaging your semester and ensuring the continuity of your academic year is and will always be our major concern, after your safety.

Along that perspective, several options are being considered by the University administration, in coordination with all concerned Faculty Members, to safeguard your academic interests.

Warmest regards.

Elias L. Warrak
President



Message from the President


October 30, 2019
Time: 10:30 p.m.

In view of the acute escalations and security concerns, the safety of our students, staff, and faculty members remain, as always, our main priority. Accordingly, the University of Balamand will remain closed tomorrow, Thursday October 31, 2019.

Stay safe.

Elias L. Warrak
President


Message from the President

October 30, 2019
Time: 11:15 a.m.

Dear Members of the UOB Community,

As the situation in our beloved is fortunately getting more stable, safe and promising, it is our duty to act positively by resuming our regular academic life as of tomorrow, Thursday October 31st 2019.

You are all invited, Faculty, Students and Staff, to join UOB in carrying your responsibilities in the line of your duties.

Warmest regards and welcome back to all.

Elias L. Warrak
President



Message from the President


October 27, 2019
Time: 4:45 p.m.

Dear UOB Students, Staff, and Faculty Members,

I do not want to repeat myself in glorifying what you have been doing for the past ten days. I cannot but admire your achievements, your feeling of social responsibility, and your vision for the future. This future is being sculpted by your sweating hands, embellished by the creativity of your spirits, and pushed to completion by your patience and persistence.

To congratulate you on what you are establishing will be underestimating your deeds. I believe you are creating your prosperous future by cracking the corrupt present, and learning from the shameful past. I cannot but encourage you to keep your faith in what you believe, remain immune to all corrupting temptations, and exercise your responsible patriotism as it is shown, loud and clear, shining to the world.

Your University will be always supporting you and your beliefs, and we will always be responsible to protect your future as you dream of it. Stay prudent in your acts, responsible in your demands, and faithful to your beliefs.

Best regards and stay safe.

Elias L. Warrak
President



October 23, 2019
Time: 2:09 p.m.

In view of the current situation, the University of Balamand will be closed on Thursday October 24th, 2019.

Keep on following our website and social media for more updates.



Message from the President


October 22, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m.

Dear UOB Students, Staff and Faculty Members,

In view of the ongoing critical situation in the country, the University of Balamand will remain closed tomorrow, Wednesday October 23rd, 2019.

Please keep following the UOB social media and Website for more updates.

Elias L. Warrak
President


Message from the President


October 21, 2019
Time: 5:50 p.m.

Dear UOB Students, Staff and Faculty Members,

The University will remain closed on Tuesday October 22nd. Please keep following our website and social media for updates.

Be safe

Elias L. Warrak
President



Message from the President


October 21, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m.

Dear UOB Students, Staff and Faculty Members,

We are committed to resume classes and activities at the University of Balamand as soon as the situation in our beloved country stabilizes. For that matter, please follow our Website and social media for updates.

As for the exams, they will all be postponed till 5 days after classes are resumed.

Stay safe.

Elias L. Warrak
President

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