Midis Group this month pledged $325,000 to the Lebanese American University (LAU) to establish the Midis Group Student Computer Center located at the forthcoming Engineering Labs and Workshops Building located on the Byblos campus.
“LAU and President Joseph G. Jabbra have achieved so much -- bringing the university up to an excellent and international standard which, includes a Manhattan branch and impressive campus in Byblos. We are proud to be part of your achievements. And I hope that our participation will add a small drop to the big achievements of LAU,” explained Midis Group CEO and Chairman Nabil Bustros at the signing ceremony in December 2016 on the Beirut campus.
Jabbra was quick to point out that Midis Group’s gift was no small deed. “Your gift is a significant drop!” he said with enthusiasm and appreciation to all at the ceremony, including several members of the Midis Group team and LAU’s Advancement and Development leaders. Jabbra also added, “We really appreciate it, and so will the students who will be absolutely ecstatic about this gift.”
Slated to open in fall 2017, the Midis Group Student Computer Center will offer high-quality computing facilities and services for students, faculty, and staff in order to support the teaching, research, and educational endeavors of the university’s School of Engineering. Specifically, it will house 35 high-end workstations, with a dual-boot operating system, and is to be equipped with other technology. The center will also provide discipline-specific software and resources to fulfill the unique academic requirements of the electrical and computer engineering students.
“We are extremely excited about the future and the opportunities this partnership offers to LAU and its students. We believe the Midis Group Student Computer Center will definitely enhance the overall educational experience at LAU and we are honored and keen in pursuing other possible partnership initiatives with Midis that help in supporting current and future LAU engineering students as they pursue their academic and personal goals,” commented LAU School of Engineering Dean George Nasr.
Nicole Barghoud, Development Director for LAU who helped to facilitate this gift to the university stressed the need for academia and industry to come to together. “Today, more than ever, the only way for any educational institution to stay competitive is to be more creative, more innovative, and faster than the competition. And in the wake of growing economic challenges due to globalization, there is a need for universities to forge working relationships with the industry in order to be relevant, progressive and to spur a nation’s economic growth,” explained Barghoud.