On behalf of AOU Family, I am pleased to welcome you all, new and returning students to the 2016-2017 academic year.
You have chosen to study at a growing university that will not only grant you a degree, but will also turn you into a dynamic graduate ready to face the complicated workplace, where moving across jobs and sectors has become the latest trend.
In order to better adapt with the ever-changing world, this year was filled with great academic achievements for AOU. At the undergraduate level, we launched the Graphics and Multimedia Design Technology, the Web Development and the Electronic Media, in addition to the Human Resources Management and Translation that were both launched last year. At the graduate level, we launched the MBA in Finance, while the MBA in Human Resource Management and the MSc in Information Security and Forensics started last year.
We are not only committed to provide you with a quality of teaching and learning that will lead you to reach high levels of hiring and success, but our caring for our graduates goes beyond that. An employer satisfaction study about AOU university graduates showed a great deal of satisfaction by employers; moreover, the ratio of AOU graduates who get jobs in the first year of graduation is considered as one of the highest rates among universities.
That is not all; just to name some of our students’ achievements, a team of AOU students, under the supervision of AOU academic body won a Silver Medal in Beirut Invention Show 2016 for a patent about safe driving. The mobile application “Safe Driving” is now registered in Lebanon Ministry of Economy, no. 6082, while another team from AOU was nominated to compete in the Regional Collegiate Programming Contest.
Besides, our students can now stay updated with all information about their student life, anytime, anywhere through the new AOU mobile app. AOU has an interesting student life. Throughout the year, many events and activities will make you establish bonds with your university and the community as a whole. Do get involved in social, national, academic, music, drama and sports activities brought to you by AOU clubs.
AOU cannot fully achieve its determination for excellence without your precious contribution. Wherever you go, advocate the truthfulness of AOU community by serving as good citizens. We are proud of having you with us, and I look forward to seeing you throughout the year.
Professor Fairouz Sarkis