‘ACTION AND REFLECTION’
Amidst the troubled times and despite all the uncertainty, the Faculty of Engineering (FE) at Notre Dame University, Louaizé remains strong and dynamic. The year 2020 has been full of unprecedented events and challenges, to say the least. Intermittent street closures, financial meltdown with steep devaluation of the Lebanese pound, a pervasive Covid-19 pandemic, the devastating Beirut port explosion (with tragic loss of lives which shook Lebanon and FE from the core), and political unrest, are added to the daily hardships which people have been dealing with on a day to day basis for years.
Rather than slow down, the FE took important initiatives to adjust to the challenges.
In terms of education, the recent events imposed a drastic interruption of in-class teaching. Teaching moved to online after a two-week lag, later compensated for, and reached the current hybrid model, which is likely the path to the future. In parallel, our students showed they are motivated self-learners and eager citizens, who use their skills to perform community services.
Faculty response was equally impressive with several initiatives taken facing the pandemic and the destruction engendered by the blast. In addition, faculty members implemented innovative ways of teaching on-line synchronously, asynchronously, in the lab, and on the ground, to tailor to student’s needs. Most importantly, our faculty remain role models in their ethics and commitment to excellence.
The current body of the FE extends to the Engineering Alumni at NDU, which attained a significant size since its inception in 1996. Our Alumni, across the world, have distinguished themselves in their leadership and innovative skills.
Our strength lies in our resilience, the rigor of our training, and our spirit of support. Students, faculty, alumni and professional partners form a strong constituent of NDU aiming to prepare students to venture in their professional life with full confidence. Our ABET accredited engineering programs make our graduates an asset to the community.
I invite you to join our team in this interesting journey.
Jacques N. Harb, PhD