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AUB signs Memorandum of Understanding for training students on green building concepts


The following article was originally published by AUB's Office of Communications on February 1, 2011, written by Maha Al Azar.

The American University of Beirut signed a memorandum of understanding that will allow AUB to offer engineering students a specialized course on environmentally-friendly construction specifications.

Under the MOU, Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), a leading construction and engineering company, will finance the Green Building Training Program at AUB, a one-year training project provided by Education for Employment Foundation, a Mideast-based institution that trains young people on special skills to improve their employment prospects.

Up to 12 AUB faculty members will attend in March 2011 a "Train the Trainer" workshop on LEED certification concepts for environmentally-friendly construction, at the end of which they will receive a "Certificate of Completion" awarded by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), a Washington DC-based non-profit organization that promotes energy-efficiency in buildings. Faculty members will then be able to conduct an intensive two-week, two-credit technical elective engineering course starting from April 2011. The course will then be offered regularly, and during the first year, EFE trainers will also be involved in training up to 50 students.

LEED certification is an internationally-recognized, multi-rank green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built to save energy and water, while reducing CO2 emissions and abiding by environmentally-friendly concepts.

Administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED certification is a leading reference for developers of green buildings.

"The world is moving towards green buildings," said AUB Provost Ahmad Dallal, one of the signatories. "The trend is to invest in environmentally-efficient projects, and AUB wants to be at the forefront of this trend by providing its students with the skills and qualifications that will allow them to implement green projects."

"By training our students on LEED-certification concepts, we are helping increase students' marketability and equipping them with the skills to better compete in the job market," said Acting FEA Dean Fadl Moukalled, who also signed the MOU. "There is a huge demand for engineers who are well-acquainted with LEED certification and green concepts."

While FEA currently teaches its students on environmentally-friendly engineering concepts, the new intensive course will offer more specialized training.

CCC Area General Manager Yusuf Kan'an, who signed on behalf of CCC and EFE, expressed his enthusiasm for the training project and AUB's interest in joining forces with CCC to enhance student skills.

CCC has a strong bond with AUB, employing more than 700 AUB alumni since its founding, more recently leaving its permanent mark on campus in 2006 with the construction of the CCC Scientific Research Building, which houses labs serving students and faculty in engineering, computer sciences, and basic scientific research. The company was established in 1952 by three partners including two AUB alumni, founder Hasib Sabbagh and Said Khoury.

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