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LAU Partners with Iteration 360 to Grow New Generation of IT Experts

[Beirut, Lebanon, 27.07.2023] – The Lebanese American University Industrial Hub and Iteration 360, a leading technology company specializing in IT solutions, signed a Memorandum of Agreement in association with Microsoft Corporation to cultivate and nurture a new generation of IT professionals through an innovative program designed to provide comprehensive training and hands-on experience.

The signing ceremony on the LAU Beirut campus was attended by LAU President Dr. Michel E. Mawad, Vice President for Business Development and Global Affairs Dr. Elie Badr, Director of the LAU Industrial Hub Dr. Ali Ammouri, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations Abdallah Al-Khal, and the Executive Director of Media and Public Relations Nada Torbey. Iteration 360 was represented by its General Manager Nabil Zein (‘91), its Chairman and one of the founders Kamil Jadaa (‘98), and Co-chair Salim Faroukh (‘99). Microsoft was represented by Regional Azure Lead Johnny Karam.

President Mawad welcomed the attendees to their home, their university, in the name of Dr. Elie Badr and Dr. Ali Ammouri who heads the LAU Industrial Hub under which the agreement falls. He stressed the importance of the partnership as part of LAU’s efforts to expose its students to cutting-edge technologies, especially those in which Iteration 360 specializes, namely IT solutions and cybersecurity. In an everchanging labor market, he said, LAU promotes experiential learning to prepare students for the demands of the workforce and industry.

“You represent an ideal company that we have to work with, especially in IT as we have programs in computer science, and computer engineering, among others. We are hoping this agreement will be beneficial for you and us, and finding employment opportunities for our students,” said Dr. Mawad.

The partnership between Iteration 360 and LAU Industrial Hub represents a significant milestone in bridging the gap between academia and industry. By combining the academic knowledge of LAU students with the practical knowledge and experience of Iteration 360, the program will equip the participants with the skills and tools needed to excel in today's fast-paced technology landscape.

"We are incredibly excited to join forces with LAU in our mission to develop the next generation of IT experts," said Nabil Zein. “As technology continues to evolve at an unprecedented rate, it is crucial to invest in the education and training of future professionals who will drive innovation and shape the industry. Through this partnership, we aim to provide students with a unique learning experience that combines theoretical knowledge with real-world applications.”

The program will offer a comprehensive curriculum, integrating theoretical coursework with practical training opportunities. Students will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technology, allowing them to gain hands-on experience in areas such as software development, cybersecurity, data analytics, cloud computing, and more.

Additionally, they will benefit from mentorship programs and industry networking events, fostering valuable connections and insights.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Iteration 360 on this groundbreaking initiative, which in addition to the necessary technical skills, enhances our students’ critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork abilities,” said Dr. Ammouri. “We are excited to give our students this opportunity to apply their knowledge in real business cases and potentially secure their first job.”

Ten students will participate in the program, from both Business emphasis and Computer Science majors, to learn, take part in project deliveries, and build solutions for Iteration 360 clients.

For more information about the program and admission details, prospective students are encouraged to visit the official websites of Iteration 360 and LAU.


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