Facilities and Resources

Academic Support Facilities

Ramez G. Chagoury, Faculty of Architecture Art and Design (FAAD)

FAAD studios are designed to meet the various needs of Architecture, Art and Design programs. The studios are furnished with professional drafting tables and are appropriately equipped to provide support to all Architecture, Design and Fine Art courses.

MAC Computer Laboratory

Graphic Design and Fashion Design students have access to the up-dated Mac Computer Laboratory and the latest softwares to facilitate their performance.

Photography Laboratory

The Photography Laboratory is a place where Architecture, Design, and Art students, as well as other disciplines at NDU, learn how to capture still images, develop, print, and experiment with the techniques of digital and analog photography. The studios are professionally designed and equipped with the latest technology and darkrooms for experimented analog prints to provide hands-on learning experience and optimal working conditions under the supervision of qualified instructors.

Dorothy Salhab Kazemi - Ceramic Workshop

This Ceramic Atelier is equipped with two kilns and several wheel tables. Students can enjoy manual work with clay (slab, coil building, throwing, etc), and clay enamels powder glazing. The Ceramic Atelier has a terrace, overlooking pine trees.

Metal and Wood Workshop

The Metal and Wood Workshop has the necessary tools that will help Architecture, Interior Design, Graphic Design, and Fashion Design students in the creative process of their works. Its main purpose is to create a tangible approach to the methodologies of teaching between the theoretical and applied.

Silk Screen Printing Workshop

The Silk Screen Printing Workshop is equipped with the necessary tools that will help mainly Graphic Design students in the hands-on process of their work. Its main purpose is to create a tangible approach between the theoretical and applied methodologies of teaching. A movable types printing facility is also available in the same workshop.

Smart Rooms

Within FAAD premises, 23 classrooms are equipped with Active Boards Touch, and another 12 have LCD projectors.

Architecture Computer Workshop

Two Computer Workshops have been set up for the Architecture and Interior Design students; located within the Architecture studios. Both workshop are equipped with facilities, including 15 computers, an LCD projector and related projection screen. Each computer contains the latest versions of graphic software, in addition to Ecotect.

Design Computer Workshop

Two fully equipped computer workshops have been developed in proximity to the studios for Graphic Design and Fashion design students.
Both equipped with room facilities, including 19 G4 Mackintosh computers. Each computer contains the latest versions of graphic software.

Fashion Design Studio

The Fashion Design facilities consists of three studios, one studio with mannequins and large patternmaking tables, adjacent is a sewing studio with professional steam iron and sewing machines. Furthermore, a Mackintosh computer workshop is set-up to ensure a professional studio setting of digital illustration and pattermaking skills and hands-on execution. Students also have access to a catwalk installation and will produce fashion shows of their creations.

Music Department Facilities

The Music Department facility consists of three repetition halls equipped with projection facility and a piano, and 6 small practice rooms for a one-to-one music instrumentation practice. The halls and rooms are all acoustically isolated and outfitted with the most up-dated sound system.

 

Faculty of Business Administration and Economics  (FBAE)

 

The Rooms' Division Laboratory

The purpose of the rooms’ division laboratory is to provide practical and hands-on environment opportunities for students to experience and perform hotel front office and housekeeping operations.  Exposure to front desk practice as well as reservations and back-office tasks is made available.  Introduction to basic property management systems as well as travel and tour operations are also carried out when need be.

The Restaurant Demonstration Laboratory

The restaurant demonstration laboratory provides students with the proper environment to conduct basic restaurant dining-room service operations. Restaurant concept planning, setting, serving and banqueting operations are practiced there.  Furthermore, exposure to alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages role in the dining experience and its appropriate service is provided. Discovery and appreciation through tasting is performed.

 

The Kitchen Laboratories

The kitchen laboratory, with its both demonstration and full operation components, forms the backbone of the practical culinary experience that students are provided with.  While in the demonstration lab, students witness and assist in real life cooking preparation, execution and tasting, in the full operations lab, they are fully responsible for practicing and executing menus related to self-planned banqueting events. Purchasing, storing, preparing, cooking, serving and stewarding are among other tasks that the students perform.

 

The Dealing Room Lab

The FBAE trading room is a glitzy learning laboratory that adds vibes to the business program, facilitates the training experience of students in financial markets, and increases awareness of the practical use of all financial instruments.  Consistent with the FBAE’s mission of excellence in teaching, the trading room, through Bloomberg and Eikon platforms, provides business students with real world experience where they can retrieve economic and financial data, implement trading strategies, and perform simulations on equities, derivatives, commodities or commodity derivatives.

 

The FBAE NDU - Bank Audi Executive Lounge

The mission and goals of the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics evoke community involvement, social responsibility, exchange of knowledge and expertise as well as advancement opportunities in a stimulating environment. In line with the above, the FBAE, in partnership with Bank Audi, established an executive lounge dedicated to faculty members, graduate students and business professionals, where dialogue occurs among different constituents in an academic but informal and comfortable setting, thus providing students with a wide scope of professional awareness and stimulating their intellectual curiosity.

Writing Center

About

The Writing Center is NDU’s key academic support unit with the mission of enhancing students’ academic skills in English. The center offers one-on-one student consultations and holds workshops throughout the semester on topics as diverse as “Avoiding Plagiarism” and job interview skills. The Writing Center is staffed by trained consultants committed to improving and sharpening students’ competence in English.

 

What We Do

The Writing Center is open to all students seeking ways of improving their writing skills in English. The center serves as a “writing laboratory” comprising a team of qualified English instructors to help students with their diverse writing needs.
The center’s multiple tasks include the following:

  • Offer constructive feedback and strategies for effective academic writing through one-on-one or small group tutorials. Sessions are 30-minutes long;
  • Provide an environment where students gain self-confidence as sound writers in English;
  • Encourage Faculties and departments to adopt writing across the entire curriculum, with the understanding that effective student writing is a university-wide effort;
  • Organize workshops and small-group peer-review exercises because students learn best when they learn from one another;
  • Share knowledge and information on accurate uses of academic English through the center’s on-site resources including handouts and books.


Consultants at the Writing Center are experienced instructors of English who are prepared to support all NDU students regardless of major.

 

Come Prepared

In order to schedule a one-on-one consultancy, students simply follow these steps:

  • Schedule a 30-minute appointment in advance with a resident instructor by coming to the Writing Center during working hours or e-mailing us. Student assistants are on hand to schedule appointments;
  • Submit your essay or project electronically to writingcenter@ndu.edu.lb 72 hours in advance. Doing so gives our on-site consultants ample time to read your essay and prepare their comments;
  • Turn up for your appointment on the date and time scheduled;
  • Revise! Revise! Revise!

Students with short writing assignments (3 pages or less) may stop by for quick feedback depending on the availability of instructors.

 

Center Hours

  • MWF: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • TTH: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

Contact Information

The Writing Center is located in the Faculty of Humanities, Room HA 114. You may reach us by e-mail at writingcenter@ndu.edu.lb or by phone at 09-218950, extension 2375.

Engineering Laboratories
Engineering programs are supported by state-of-the-art laboratories open to all engineering students. These laboratories and workshops are managed by qualified and dedicated staff.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers various laboratory courses to cover the main topics in the fields of concrete and pavement design, environmental engineering, mechanics of materials, soil mechanics, hydraulics, field surveying, geophysical and engineering graphics.

The lab equipment is continuously upgraded and updated to ensure that our students are exposed to the most recent and advanced systems. The department also secures highly accurate and professional testing facilities such as spectrophotometry, strain gauging, triaxial testing, open and closed channel flow measurements, and total station application. Most of the lab facilities are connected to data acquisition systems. In addition, field equipment are available for in-situ testing, such as soil investigation, groundwater and surface water testing, and concrete quality control.
Professional commercial testing as well as community services are also performed on a regular basis in the above areas.

The Department of Electrical, Computer and Communication Engineering has several laboratories, which support teaching in the areas of communication systems, electronic circuit design, including microprocessors and programmable logic controllers, instrumentation, electric machines, power electronics, control systems, and digital signal processing. The laboratories are also used by students for executing their engineering project designs. The equipment is regularly updated to ensure that students are exposed to the best possible laboratory experience.
State-of-the-art laboratory equipments are being used in the Department of Mechanical Engineering for training purposes. The list includes a large wind tunnel for aerodynamics testing, energy testing facilities (solar systems, combustion, etc.), turbomachinery testing systems (pumps, fans, Pelton wheel, turbines, etc.), air-conditioning testing units (heating, cooling, refrigeration, etc.), mechatronics and instrumentation equipment, mechanical vibration benches, and mechanical components and systems. A full workshop made of a set of machine-tools, including a CNC machine, is used for student training and regular machining needs. The laboratories are constantly maintained and updated to integrate new concepts, and to keep up with advancements in different mechanical engineering fields.
Science Laboratories

Biology Lab

The Biology Laboratory is equipped with many facilities, which support teaching and research across the biology curriculum. Disciplines supported include:
  • Microbiology: Culture and analysis of viral, bacterial and parasitic species;
  • Molecular biology: DNA purification, analysis, and manipulation, with preliminary PCR facilities for DNA amplification. Other available equipment such as an electroporator, promote research studies that require electrotransformation or transfection of cells;
  • Cell culture : Preparation, culture and cryopreservation of animal cells;
  • Plant biology : Plant cell culture and analysis;
  • Histology : Histological assessment and histopathological examination of tissue samples.
Available equipment include microscopes (including a laser scanning microscope) and photomicrographic systems, biological safety cabinets, incubators, liquid nitrogen containers, diurnal growth chamber, autoclave, centrifuges, ovens, microtome, paraffin histoembedder, electrophoresis and blotting apparatus, thermal cycler (RT-PCR), flowcytometer, Rodent tail cuff blood pressure system, chromatography systems, in addition to an animal house, green house, and herbarium facilities.

Chemistry Lab

The Chemistry Laboratory provides a wide variety of facilities to support chemistry students and faculty members' research and teaching. Students are introduced to the fundamental quantitative, organic, and food analysis experimental methods through experiments in:
  • Chromatographic analysis of alcohol content in beverages;
  • Determination of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals in foods;
  • Properties of enzymes;
  • Browning reactions in foods;
  • Spectrophotometric determination of analytes in different sample types;
  • Water analysis;
  • Precipitation and complexation titrations.
In addition, an analytical unit houses a number of modern equipment such as UHPLC, GC/GCMS, FTIR, AA, etc., gas chromatograph, UV-visible spectrophotometers, digestion-distillation unit for nitrogen determination, solvent extraction apparatus, digital densimeter, electronic refractometer, pH meters, ion-selective electrodes, etc.

Geology Lab

Geology Laboratory courses are held in the Sciences Lab building and are supported by a varied collection of rock-forming minerals, including silicates, carbonates, sulfates, fluorides, and oxides, as well as a core collection of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Additional teaching support of sample specimens is provided by the Stone Wing Museum, which houses a rich collection of minerals and archaeological items from Lebanon.

Physics Lab

The Physics Laboratory at NDU is a state-of-the-art teaching laboratory, offering computer controlled data acquisition and analysis as well as interesting experiments covering a wide range of topics in physics. Experimental work goes hand in hand with the theoretical physics courses at NDU. The physics lab is well equipped to allow students perform experiments that will help them understand the physical phenomena covered in the classroom. In many cases, the experiments follow closely the lecture courses leading to a better understanding of the physics.

Moussa and Farid Raphael Observatory

NDU has an on-campus observatory that contains a 60cm telescope equipped with a set of research-grade equipment consisting of CCD cameras, filters, and spectrograph. It is the most well-equipped observatory in the Arab countries and its telescope is the largest in the Arab Middle East. The observatory is made possible by a generous donation from His Excellency Ambassador Gilbert Chaghoury.

Meteorological Station

The Department of Sciences houses a meteorological station that provides climatic data for the Keserwan area. This station is supported by the L.A.R.I. society.

Tutoring Center

The tutoring center helps the students in remedial, freshman, and sophomore in math, biology, physics and computer science.

Division of Computing Services

Vision

The Division of Computing Services is committed to the strategic use of the information technology for the continual improvement of the operation of NDU.

Goals

We strive to support the essential educational, research, and administrative goals of NDU through the development and delivery of computing and communication services to the University’s faculty, students, and staff.

Goal for Faculty

Provide stronger links with faculty members in order to promote and facilitate their use of technology to support teaching and learning.

Goal for Students

Ensure that students have the necessary skills to take advantage of NDU's technological environment.

Goal for Staff

Provide staff members with the necessary technological tools that are current and reliable, so they can serve the NDU community effectively.

 

Equipment and Facilities

The administrative Computer Center is equipped with enterprise servers used for the Registrar, Library, and various Business and Administration applications, using the latest Data Base technologies.

For academic purposes, SUN and IBM Mini computers, Terminals, and X-Stations, operating under Unix, are used by Computer Science and Engineering students. A set of servers, operating under Unix, control the campus Internet and Intranet networks.

All Faculties have active computers running various platforms such as PC/Windows, PC/Linux, Sun/Solaris, and IBM/AIX. Unix workstations and Windows 2000 operating systems have transparent access to the Servers, and to one another through Network File System and Remote File System access.

The Main Campus Intranet is a fully interconnected, multimedia, multi-protocol infrastructure spanning well over 1 km of area networks and over 800 computers on the network. The new network is a routed, full duplex, fiber based, Gigabyte Ethernet backbone with Gigabyte Ethernet (1000 Mbps) links to all the major buildings. Network connection in offices and rooms are at 100 Mbps switched Ethernet.

A PowerPC and Macintosh network is connected to a variety of peripherals, and are available for Visual Arts students including: color laser printers, scanners and plotters.
Special classrooms are linked to the backbone network via communication lines and have local resources to allow the instructor an indoor on-line demonstration with illustrative materials projected during class hours. Students are required to put into practice the theoretical concepts and gain working knowledge during regular laboratory sessions scheduled individually for each course.

Division of Audio Visual Arts
The facilities include:
  • Antoine Choueiry Radio/TV Studio
  • Acting Studio
  • Computer/Music Lab
  • Theater
  • Issam Fares Conference Hall
  • Pierre Abou Khater Auditorium
  • Friends Hall
  • Exhibition Hall
  • Exam Halls
  • NDU Choir Recording Unit.
All facilities are “high-tech” and fully equipped, and are at the service of students, staff, and faculty members.

Besides handling all student-related matters, this department is responsible for all the activities that take place at NDU: conferences, lectures, exhibitions, and public and special events. All activities are taped and archived.

Smart Rooms

The DAVA has four Smart Rooms that are fully equipped with computer hardware and software, LCD projector, DVD and VHS players, and surround sound systems for film screenings.

DVD Library

The DVD Library includes more than 1,500 DVDs (films, documentaries, series, and others). All members of the NDU community may check out these films.
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