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Outreach and Corporate Visits (OCV):

The Outreach and Corporate Visits are field trips organized by the Outreach and Civic Engagement unit at LAU to give the chance to LAU students to explore various institutions in terms of work environment and civic engagement.
 
From a corporate perspective, leading companies, firms, and factories in various industries will be visited to familiarize the students with different work environments and to give them the chance to explore potential job markets.
 
From a civic engagement perspective, students will be introduced to different non-state actors. They will get the chance not only to volunteer but also to explore NGOs and engage with the civil society in various aspects of community service.
 
So far, the following activities were organized under the OCV program:
 
 

Visit to An Nahar Newspaper:
The students got introduced to the journalism industry at An Nahar where they toured the different departments and met an investigative journalist who explained to the students the process of newspaper editing and publication. He explained how the news takes the way from the moment of occurrence to the published words including all the challenges and difficulties. The current situation of Lebanese newspaper industry and transition to the electronic format was also a major point tackled during the lecture.

Visit to Fanar Psychiatric Hospital:
The students had the chance to tour all the facilities of the hospital and meet with the nurses and the patients. Being psychology students, all the scholars found it really interesting and challenging to talk to the patients. They inquired about the psychological treatments they are receiving, in addition to hearing from the nurses about the mental illnesses that the patients suffer from. 

Visit to M.T.V.:
The students had the chance to tour all Beirut Media Zone’ studios including the Studio Vision production company and the M.T.V. They were introduced to the technical work “behind the scene” and learned on how the shows are being produced. They also had the chance to access the live morning show program studio and appeared for couple of seconds live on TV.

 Visit to Hawwat Woods:
The students had the chance to tour the factory of Hawat Woods in Fidar and got introduced to the production line from A to Z. The students also visited the storage hangars whereby they checked the different types of wood (Swedish, African, Romanian, German, Russian, and Lebanese) from different trees (Oak, Walnut, Cedar etc.).

Visit to Sursock Museum:
The students had the chance to tour the museum and its library and examine the various galleries including the Assadour’s Landscape in Motion, Genadry’s The Fall, and the permanent museum’s galleries which include abstract and portrait paintings).

Visit to Pepsi Co.:
The students had the chance to tour the factory of Pepsi in Choueifat and got introduced to the production line from A to Z. The students also visited the Quality Control laboratories to learn about the food safety measures of the factory. 

Visit to the Children Cancer Center in Lebanese Geitawi Hospital:
The students entertained around 20 children cancer patients with activities, music, dance, and gifts .

Visit to Bonheur du Ciel rehabilitation center in Maaysra:
The students got introduced to the work of the center in terms of accommodating drug addicts and help them rehabilitate spiritually and physically.
They also had the chance to discover and sightsee the Monastery of Saint Antonios, in which they were greeted by Father Elias Shekri who gave the student a glimpse of the history of the Monastery and insights about the museum and its assets. The lecture was followed by a tour in the monastery and its museum which holds the First Printing Press in the Middle East as well as many cultural objects and vestments.

 

Reforestation Campaign with the Lebanese Reforestation Initiative (LRI):

55 LAU Students participated through the OCV in the planting day with the Lebanese Reforestation Initiative (LRI) in Maaser El Chouf that was organized as part of the #لتضل_عالعلم  national awareness campaign for this year. More than 1,600 Volunteers gathered at the top of the Maasser el Chouf Mountain to create an extended human chain and plant 5,000 Cedar seedlings. Standing hand-in-hand at an altitude of 1,900 meters above sea level, the human chain highlighted the new elevation of the tree line of the Maasser El Chouf Cedars Forest and sent a clear message on the need for all communities to work together to plant trees and combat climate change.

 

Beach Cleaning Campaign with Operation Big Blue:

18 LAU students had the chance to take part in the beach cleaning campaign aiming at the preservation and protection of the Lebanese coastal and marine zones and their respective biodiversity at Ramlet El Bayda beach in Beirut.

 

Visit to Gibran Museum & Museum of Saint Antonios Monastery – Qozhaya:
46 LAU students explored the famous Gibran Museum in which reside 440 original paintings and drawings of Gibran and his tomb. The museum also includes his furniture and belongings from his studio when he lived in New York City and his private manuscripts.

 

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