Message from the Acting Dean

 
The Issam Fares Faculty of Technology (IFFT) at the University of Balamand is the place to be in Lebanon for applied technology. At the IFFT, students learn theory through direct hands-on experience related to actual needs and skills required in the job market. With a firm grounding in science, mathematics and technology disciplines, our students study aircraft maintenance, mechatronics, telecommunications and networking, civil engineering and construction, agriculture, and management of organizations.

Given our commitment and dedication to experiential learning and academic excellence, our academic programs challenge our students and prepare them to graduate as lifelong learners ready to “hit the ground running” once they are employed.

We are all aware today that technology and human life cannot be separated. We use technology; depend on technology in our daily life and our needs and demands for technology keep on rising. Humans use technology to travel, to communicate, to learn, to do business, to live in comfort, and to live well.

Today, technology surrounds us. It has radically transformed the way we live our lives. That is why, now more than ever, the world needs the skills, innovation, and know-how of technologists who are well equipped with an educational background, skills, and mindset that allows them to excel. This is exactly our calling at the IFFT.

While technological advancement has brought a lot to the world, it has also caused detriment. Its poor application has resulted in the pollution of the environment and it has also caused serious threats to our lives and society. This is why we are committed to training our students to apply technology in agriculture, communication, business, industry, construction, aviation and more. We want our students to innovate in producing solutions to problems we face in our local communities and to contribute to national development. Technologists will have to work with engineers, designers, and scientists to that end.

The biggest challenge facing us today is to determine the type of future we need to have and then create relevant technologies that will simplify the way we do things. As the demand for skilled technologists mounts, we aspire to be an educational hub combining technology, innovation, skills, and social responsibility.

As Acting Dean, I’m thrilled to welcome you to the Issam Fares Faculty of Technology. Our faculty boasts a very dynamic group of qualified scholars committed to the advancement of technology. I invite you to take a look at our website and our programs. We’ve tailored our programs to fit the future needs of the market, the community, the industry, and our students. So, if you are looking for a career with limitless opportunities in technology this is the place to be.

Elie H. Karam, PhD

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