Following the first-place win achieved by Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) Journalism students in the international Peer to Peer (P2P): Challenging Extremism competition sponsored by Facebook and the U.S. State Department, which took place in Washington, D.C., the Faculty of Humanities (FH) at NDU organized on Wednesday, April, 5, 2017, in Pierre Abou Khater Hall, a ceremony to honor them.
In attendance were: Abed el-Mawla Chehab el-Dine, representing the Director General of the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education; U.S. Embassy representatives; NDU Vice-President for Public Affairs and Communications Suheil Matar; FH Dean Dr. Kamal Abou Chedid; Media Studies Chairperson Dr. Maria Bou Zeid; and the students and their parents.
NDU student Tonia Eid delivered the welcome note, and then gave the floor to Dr. Abou Chedid. He said, “The nature of the distinguished student project that led them to win first place in this international competition is the reflection of the civil role of the University, which is implemented through its academic and research programs as well as through its community service programs and according to the University's overall message."
From his part, Chehab el-Dine said, “NDU is the place to brought the future and to build human beings.” He concluded by congratulating the University on its exceptional achievement.
Dr. Bou Zeid said, “We sent five students and they came back as five leaders, and now they shoulder a big responsibility (…) their success is considered a significant achievement at the higher education level.”
Finally, honors were distributed to the U.S. embassy representatives and ‘Certificates of Achievement’ were distributed to the winning students, who were Eva Oueiss; Nour Salameh; Jessica Khlat; Christina Assi; Ribal Abou Zeki; Miled el-Hayeck; and Dana el- Bizri.