It is my pleasure to welcome existing and incoming students,
Faculty and staff to this new academic year 2018-2019 at the Faculty of
Business Administration and Economics (FBAE). I join you at a time of great
expectation at Notre-Dame University with new and renewed leadership, with a
strong sense of purpose and dedication to the “pursuit of excellence”.
The FBAE has long had a solid tradition of graduating
students at the bachelor’s and master’s levels, who have joined the ranks of
major firms and organizations in Lebanon and abroad, and achieved strong
recognition and career advancement. The success of our alumni is a testament to
the relevance and solid foundations of our Programs, in 1) providing a
well-balanced comprehensive set of courses and training in the major
disciplines of the FBAE, and 2) allowing students to deepen their knowledge in
select areas of specialization such as Corporate Finance and Accounting,
Financial risk management, economics, general and marketing management,
hospitality and tourism management, project management and international
business strategy where NDU’s FBAE has established itself as the Faculty of
choice for students seeking higher education options in business and economics.
As we take stock of our core competencies and successes, we
remain focused on the continuous advancement of the FBAE in new strategic
areas, that will keep our students at the forefront of business education, in the
age of the internet. New strategic areas include artificial intelligence and
advanced manufacturing, multi-disciplinary education, and disruptive
technologies, to name a few of the evolutions of the 21st century
which will impact education in business and other disciplines. As new knowledge
increasingly crosses and transcends single disciplines, the innovative
development and expansion of programs that cut across traditional disciplines
will establish FBAE and NDU’s leadership among the premier universities of Lebanon,
the Middle East and beyond.
I close by wishing you all, the FBAE and NDU community at
large, a blessed and successful new academic year 2017-2018. Together, we will
make this year a memorable one for its rededicated commitment to the highest
standards of learning, and for charting an ever brighter course forward.
Professor and Dean, FBAE