Local collaborations

The University has within its facilities Public Service Centers in order to deliver programs that improve health and wellbeing, among them are :

Lebanese Public Service Centers

Arab physicians were well-known throughout history, but few people are aware that dentistry was one of their priorities. They excelled in that field and developed therapeutic methods that are still the foundation of many techniques that are used today.

Today, following the astounding progress in dentistry, many specialized faculties have been established and many majors developed. Visiting the dentist is no longer a nightmare! Dentistry was established in the Lebanese University in 1983 under the aegis of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, before having an independent faculty in 1999. Even though it was new, it quickly made a name for itself of being in a prominent position among scientific and research communities. It is distinguished by highly effective education and leaves a positive impact on Lebanese society, which benefits from its preventive and therapeutic services. The Faculty puts a great focus on scientific research, considered the starting point for any progress in medical and professional practice.

Faculty of Dental Medicine Information

The ISO external audit committee granted the National Center for the Quality of Medicine, Food, Water and Chemicals of the Lebanese University the ISO 9001:2015 certificate with distinction, according to ISO international standards. The committee praised the accuracy of the quality system in the laboratory of microbiological analysis, which aims to examine samples of food and water and detect microbiological contaminants, achieving a maximum assurance of the test results’ quality and ensuring high performance of the Center services.

  • University Medical Center:

  • Department of Mother and Child Care

  • Department of Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy

  • Department of Radiology

  • Laboratory of Medical Analysis

  • Occupational & Speech Therapy Department

  • Pharmacy

  • Specialized Clinic

Believing in the importance of community service to complement its academic and cultural role, the Lebanese University established in 2015 the University Medical Center in the Rafic Hariri University Campus – Hadath. The Center provides health care services to citizens at a nominal cost.

Nearly four years after its establishment, the Center is seeking to become a contributor to the improvement of indicators of access to and quality of health care in Lebanon, which has improved in recent years, through the services provided, including inspection, diagnosis, ongoing treatment, health awareness and prevention of diseases and wounds.

The Center, comprises the following medical specialties: family medicine, cardiovascular, endocrinology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, orthopedics, pediatrics and neonatology, obstetrics and gynecology, nutrition and diet, radiologist, and a laboratory doctor.

The University Medical Center includes:

The Medical Laboratory, The Department of Mother and Child Care, Department of Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy, Occupational & Speech Therapy Department (for children and adults), Audiology Department, Department of Radiology, Department of Pharmacy, which provides chronic and non-chronic drugs for almost free.

The University Medical Center is a Primary Health Care center that offers diverse health services at affordable prices.

This is achieved in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health and with the YMCA organization to promote and participate in the education and skills development of the Primary Care Physicians

Systems therapy department , but n Chgala at the Faculty of Health - Branch Aalool at the Lebanese University field visit to fourth-year students to Mercy Medical Complex in the city of Tripoli.

The visit, which took place under the supervision of the head of the department, Dr. Sarkis Abi Tannous, included a tour of the various sections of the complex, accompanied by the director of rehabilitation in the complex, Dr. Rula Tot, the head of the rehabilitation unit in it, Katia Al-Qasifi, and the occupational therapist at the center, Lynn El-Khoury.

During the tour, students were introduced to all modern equipment, technologies, and methods of treatment used in the center's departments: specialized physical therapy (internal, external, and pediatric), occupational therapy and rehabilitation rooms, the sensory room, in addition to the approved workshops in rehabilitation.

  • The fourth year students of the Occupational Therapy Department at the Faculty of Public Health, Branch 1 of the Lebanese University organized an entertainment day in which they welcomed the children of the Kindergarten Department at the Islamic Orphanage, Aramoun Complex.

Children of the Kindergarten at the Islamic Orphanage

The various activities were characterized by a therapeutic and entertaining nature aimed at stimulating the sensory skills, motor skills and social interaction of the participating children and enhancing their independence skills.

  • University participated in the forty-fourth annual conference of the Doctors Syndicate (Building a safer health care system), which was held at the Safadi Cultural Center - Tripoli.

Doctors Syndicate

The club managed the STAND goal to introduce attendees to the Faculty of Public Health at the Lebanese University, and to explain the specializations available in the Bachelor's and Master's stages.

Al-Zahraa Hospital University Medical Center

The agreement signed between Al-Zahraa Hospital University Medical Center (ZHUMC) and the Lebanese University makes ZHUMC the major teaching and research hospital for the Faculty of Medicine in Lebanon’s national university. Accordingly, residents coming from this faculty would benefit from wide exposure to a variety of diseases, to advanced laboratory and imaging facilities, as well as developed quality assurance programs. Faculty members are actively involved in the learning objectives and professional development of our residents, in addition to their important role in clinical training and didactic instruction. Meetings are planned throughout the year to discuss progress and adjust teaching programs as needed, with feedback evaluation of these programs from residents on a bi-annual basis.

Lectures, conferences, and seminars performed at the hospital are gathered and indexed in special booklets for the residents’ quick reference whenever needed. ZHUMC also continues to secure its residents and staff members with innovative advances, especially in the development of electronic medical files.

Agreement with the Lebanese University

The hospital’s hierarchical organization was revisited, and renowned neurosurgeon Professor Youssef Fares was elected to lead the hospital as its CEO and Chairman. Dr. Fares embarked on an ambitious project to expand the hospital’s services and increase its social impact. He was quick to forge a new affiliation with the Lebanese University’s Faculty of Medicine so that the hospital will serve as its main teaching and research hospital.

The Sahel General Hospital

The Sahel General Hospital was founded by Dr. Fakhry ALAME in 1983 and is considered as one of the biggest health care foundation in the southern suburb. The hospital is affiliated with the Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences since 1985 and Beirut Arab University, Faculties of Medicine (2002) and Health Sciences (2015). The hospital aims:

  • To serve as an acute care hospital for its service area and as a regional referral center for general and specialized medical care services for all targeted areas of South Lebanon, the mountains, Bekaa, and the greater Beirut area

  • To continue being a full-time teaching hospital affiliated to the Lebanese University School of Medicine & Faculty of Health Sciences, Beirut Arab University, & others

  • Providing a clinical environment for academic programs in conjunction with educational institutions on a full-time basis, through housing the Lebanese University (between 55-60 rotating medical residents, fellows and interns/month) and on a rotation basis for other, Nursing/Midwifery/Laboratory/Radiology/Physiotherapy/Pharmacy and Dietary students

  • Accreditation & Privileges

  • SGH is classified as a University Medical Center by the Lebanese University School of Medicine and the Ministry of Public Health.

  • SGH holds the highest accreditation ranking by the Ministry of Health.

  • The management system at SGH is ISO 9001 certified since 2003.

  • SGH is an executive board member at the Lebanese Syndicate of Private Hospitals.

Rafik Hariri University Hospital

Rafik Hariri University Hospital (RHUH) is a leading teaching hospital affiliated with the Lebanese University and the American University of Beirut. It is prepared to be a post graduate establishment for medical specialization. Academic medicine, which combines education, research, and patient care, traditionally has been integral to the progress of medical advances and life-saving treatments. RHUH attracts leading physicians and surgeons; provides highly specialized services including burn, trauma and heart care; and treats patients with rare conditions. Physicians, Nurses and Paramedical professionals offer outstanding education to a large number of students who are trained to carry on the tradition of excellence and the commitment to innovative and compassionate care that are RHUH hallmarks.

With the outbreak of COVID-19, the LU was active at the individual and institutional levels. The LU formed an emergency committee to follow up on all matters related to the pandemic in order to protect the safety of students, professors and employees. LU also formed a workgroup named "LU Task Force" composed of professors and students of all medical and psychological specializations to cooperate with the Ministry of Public Health, the Lebanese Red Cross, public and private hospitals to contribute to the protection of the community against the virus. The residents and interns of the LU Faculty of Public Health were the only volunteers during the first 3 months of the outbreak to work at the Rafik Hariri University Hospital, which was the only public hospital hosting COVID-19 patients. At the individual level, a number of LU students and professors registered various inventions in the service of the hospitals and community, such as the Robot assisting patients and the respiratory devices financed by the LU and granted to the Rafik Hariri University Hospital.

The Lebanese University (LU) delivered two medical devices to Zahle Public Hospital on 30 May 2020, including a ventilator and a robot designed by students of the Faculty of Science (Branches 1 and 4).

President Ayoub stressed the importance of the devices in protecting medical personnel and reducing the transmission of coronavirus, highlighting the university’s cooperation with all ministries and thanking "MBI Al Jaber Foundation" for its contribution to the manufacture of the robot.

Launching an electronic program to track cases infected with Coronavirus, through cooperation between the Ministry of Health and the Lebanese University.

On 9 April 2020, the Lebanese University (LU) and a number of partners in the Ministry of Economy & Trade registered “LUCOVID19” application , which will contribute in fighting COVID-19 transmission and limiting its spread. The app was submitted to the Minister of Health, Dr. Hamad Hassan who expressed his consent thereto.

The application will save time for the Ministry of Health carrying out tests for COVID-19 patients, and limit the number of suspected cases, by rapidly collecting the numbers of people who encountered the patient before he was diagnosed, which will reduce the possibility of spreading the infection in the coming months and help definitively contain the disease.

The developers explained the app functionality as follows:

Upon insertion of COVID-19 patient contact on LUCOVID19, the app schedules the phone number of people who met with the patient during the last 14-days period and who represent suspected cases. Accordingly, the Ministry of Health communicates with those people and urges them to perform PCR tests.

In cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Minister of Public Health (MoPH), Dr. Hamad Hassan and the President of the Lebanese University (LU), Prof. Fouad Ayoub launched on 15 April 2020 the e-project that will contribute to reducing the spread of coronavirus.

Launched LUCOVID

During the launch event, Minister Hassan stressed the importance of scientific cooperation between MoPH and LU, pointing out that LU has more than a patent in the field of technology and information, which will be considered by WHO to support and encourage LU students to contribute to the development of the equipment needed to confront coronavirus. These robots will prevent any interaction between the medical team and patients who will receive medications and food automatically.

  • The spread of COVID-19 in the world in late 2019 and early 2020 has created a critical situation during which the LU has been a strong partner of the Lebanese government, especially as the virus has worsened the socio-economic crisis and its related sectors, including the medical and hospital sector, which is already suffering from a shortage of medical supplies. A situation that has worsened following the Beirut Port blast on 4 August 2020 and prompted the "Human Rights Watch" to demand more than once to solve the exchange rate crisis and provide medical staff with necessary resources.

After the detection of the first COVID-19 case in February 2020, the Lebanese University - Faculty of Medical Sciences formed a "Corona Unit" at the Rafik Hariri University Hospital, composed of 14 volunteer doctors who underwent several trainings enabling them to take care of patients, from the initial examination to the follow-up of the patient in the isolation room, in addition to their role in providing counselling and raising awareness on the pandemic and the means of prevention.

A team of interns from the Lebanese University - Faculty of Medical Sciences and graduates from the Department of Laboratory Sciences at Faculty of Public Health joined the Corona Unit. Their mission was to check the data of regular and COVID-19 patients, analyze their examinations and give their results, in addition to studies and research that the laboratory team conducts periodically.

Moreover, nurses from the Lebanese University - Faculty of Public Health volunteered to face the crisis by working at the Rafik Hariri University Hospital, Rafik Hariri International Airport, borders crossing points with Syria, or the Call Center of the Ministry of Public Health.

The hidden resources of the Lebanese University (LU) joined the front-liners at the Rafik Hariri University Hospital (RHUH), increasing the number of nurses and laboratory staff supporting “Corona Unit” from 14 to 17 doctors.

Corona Unit

Coronavirus Tests Analysis Laboratory Staff

The test results represent the main pillar for the doctors in the diagnosis or assistance to diagnosis, which requires work accuracy and result in confidence. To this end, a team of trained physicians from the FMS, including Fatima Jaffal, Darine Kharroubi, Mahdi Fadlallah, Firdous Safwan, Jana Mourad and graduates from the Department of Laboratory Sciences at the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) were assigned to this task, under the supervision of Dr. Rita Feghali (LU – FPH Professor).

Nursing Staff

The nurses of RHUH receive coronavirus patients with "smiles of hope", and bid farewell to those who recovered with "signs of victory”. The nursing staff’s course of action in fighting coronavirus as a battle with the available resources. They talked about touching situations with coronavirus patients or suspected patients (some arrive psychologically broken-down and others say that they do not want to die before seeing their family).

Call Center Volunteers

The work of volunteers from the LU - FMS, FPH and Faculty of Pharmacy and private universities is divided in two centers: Ministry of Public Health and the MoPH Epidemiological Surveillance Center in Ras El-Nabeh.

The mechanism of work in these two centers:

  • MoPH: The volunteers follow up with home quarantined people (from travelers) by contacting them to check and inquire about the development and evaluation of their health status.

  • Ras El-Nabeh: Volunteers receive phone calls to report health symptoms that may be related to coronavirus, inquire about the virus and its symptoms, inquire about the protection and sterilization method, or to file complaints with citizens not adhering to preventive measures.

A team from UNHCR and Amel Association joined the Call Center volunteers to answer inquiries from Syrian refugees and non-Lebanese people.

With the spread of the coronavirus and the increased number of patients in Lebanon and worldwide, the infection of the medical staff treating coronavirus patients posed a great challenge, according to officers of medical centers and hospitals.

With the COVID-19 outbreak and the number of people infected doubling in Lebanon and the world, a group of students of the Lebanese University - Faculty of Science proposed a robotic design to serve patients and protect the medical staff. In fact, two samples were delivered to the Rafik Hariri University Hospital in Beirut and Elias Hrawi Governmental Hospital in Zahle.

Amid this situation, a group of students from the Lebanese University - Faculty of Science, consisting of Hassan Badran (first-year Master in Informatics), Majd Dhainy, Hadi Zein El Din and Sami Shams El Din (3rd year, Informatics) and Zaher Chehadi (3rd year, Chemistry) under the supervision of Dr. Bassem Haidar and Dr. Siba Haidar decided to address the issue of robotics in the fight against coronavirus in Lebanon.

As a first step, the five students developed a prototype capable of replacing medical staff, serving meals, and administering certain medications to patients. The robot has been designed in the form of a rolling table, remotely controlled, and equipped with a camera allowing medical personnel to contact the patient by video call. Subsequently, the robot can be disinfected and is capable of performing additional tasks such as measuring the patient's temperature and moving autonomously.

The Lebanese University delivered on 6 May 2020, the V1 of the Robot “Lebot” to the “Corona Unit” at the Rafik Hariri University Hospital. Funded by the Lebanese University and developed by the students of the Faculty of Science in cooperation with “Rimo Manufacturing & Trading Est”, “Lebot” will be used to deliver food and medical supplies to patients or facilitate communications between the patients and the medical team via Video Call.

Robot “Lebot” to the “Corona Unit”

Minister Hamad Hassan considered that Lebanon today is distinguished on the international level by cooperation, mutual support, sense of responsibility and empathy. He considered this day as a "Technological Innovation Day” because this additional achievement for the Lebanese University students will be put in the service of patients and the protection of the nursing and medical body. Minister Hassan stressed that the cooperation was sponsored by the successful Presidency of the Lebanese University and encouraged by the Minister of Industry, adding that this achievement, even though difficult to obtain, was successfully attained despite all circumstances. On behalf of the Lebanese community, Minister Hassan thanked the team of the Rafik Hariri University Hospital who helped restore confidence in government institutions. He said: "We are living in a historical phase during which all government hospitals throughout the Lebanese territory are witnessing rehabilitation, and we call all parties to invest in the public sector and create a new approach for the country and the citizen".

  • Our heart goes out to the medical staff, the Lebanese Red Cross, and the students of the Lebanese University who are actively helping Lebanon face COVID19 on the ground with patients.

Lebanese Red Cross

  • The Lebanese University launches the "Crisis Intervention Unit".

Crisis Intervention Unit

In the intention to limit the spread of COVID-19 or the possibility of infections and in order to restrict its effects, the association of Youth for Innovation and Development – YIPpartnered with Kalimat Association and in coordination with CentreMINE at the Lebanese University, launch the COVID Project Initiatives - CIP that targets University and Secondary School students seeking any kind of guidance and aid throughout their project or semi-completed project.

CPI will adopt and support your project through:

  • Taking away the financial burden,

  • Providing you with the necessary guiding

  • and get you in touch with companies that may cooperate throughout your implementations.

Virtual international conference in physical therapy

The College of Public Health organizes a virtual international conference on scientific research in the field of physical therapy.

An international study on tuberculosis is based, in part, on research conducted by student Reem Bayaa in the Health and Environmental Microbiology Laboratory at the Lebanese University.

The "We Are Your Own" initiative from the Lebanese University ends the first phase of the psychological evaluation of the victims of the Beirut Port explosion.

Minister Hassan on the Health and Environmental Microbiology Laboratory at the Lebanese University: We note the high level of its medical and technical staff and the precise scientific standards that it adopts in the PCR examinations.

President Ayoub informs the volunteers of the LUTF Center on the mechanism of coordination with the concerned authorities to continue raising the effects of the port explosion disaster.

The Lebanese University Crisis Intervention Team (LUTF): a new philosophy in volunteer work and social solidarity in the service of Lebanon.

  • The Lebanese Red Cross will keep pace with the exams of the Lebanese University. Based on the coordination meeting of the National Committee for COVID 19 in the Governmental Palace, and based on the existing coordination between the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Education, and upon the request of the Presidency of the Lebanese University, teams from the Lebanese Red Cross will cooperate with cadres and volunteers from the Lebanese University keep up with the exams in all branches of the university.

Lebanese Red Cross

Dr. Ali Samaha from the Lebanese University completes two studies related to the psychological and social effects of COVID in Lebanon.

The Ministry of Health approves the Health and Environmental Microbiology Laboratory at the Lebanese University to conduct the tests for the detection of "COVID".

Laboratory Head Dr. Munther Hamza with technicians Professors Taha Abdo Nazih Lazhani during the release of the test results.

  • The LU continued cooperation with local organizations in the field of organizing blood donation campaigns.

In July-August 2020, the LU concluded cooperation agreements with 2 public hospitals and 1 private hospital.

  • The Lebanese University - UNESCO organizes the "Blood Drive" campaign in cooperation with "Donner Sans Compter" on 11 December 2019.

Blood donation campaign in union with the Lebanese Red Cross and the academic community of the Lebanese University.

The faculty of public health in association with the Lebanese Breast Cancer foundation, carried out a hair donation campaign at the Lebanese University for the creation of wigs for person with cancer.

Based on the objectives of linking the university with its environment, contributing to meeting the actual needs, and demonstrating the scientific and productive capabilities of its students, a cooperation protocol was signed in the Faculty Deanship, Furn Chebbak on 3 January 2020, between the Lebanese University - Faculty of Fine Arts & Architecture represented by the Faculty Dean, Professor Mohamed Hosni El-Hajj and Sahel General Hospital represented by its president, Deputy Dr. Fadi Alama.

Pursuant to the protocol, the two parties agreed that first-year students of the Master’s degree in Interior Design (Branch 1) shall redesign specific parts of the hospital building, in coordination with professors Salam Fakih, Fida Hoteit, and Abdul Hassan Mushemish from the Faculty of Fine Arts & Architecture and Mrs. Reem Fakih, Executive Director of Administrative Services, Sahel General Hospital.