The LU ha more than 70,000 students (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The nearly decadelong absence of the Lebanese University's council has crippled the institution's independence and distanced professors from the decision-making process, according to the university president and academics.LU President Adnan Sayyed Hussein said the absence of the university's council over the past decade was preventing professors from having a say on issues related to their own workplace and had paralyzed the institution on several occasions.The council is made up of deans from LU's 16 faculties and institutes, in addition to a professor representing each faculty, a representative of the National Union of Lebanese University Students – which has yet to be formed – and two academics.The council manages the financial, academic and administrative affairs of the university, which has more than 70,000 students.Hakam agreed that the absence of the university's council was preventing deans from having a say in matters related to the university.Hakam also stressed LU's pressing need for new full-time professors, noting that since 2008 the university had lost around 750 professors, mostly due to retirements.Hamad warned that professors would go on strike and delay the start of the upcoming academic year if the government did not approve the LU decree.At the university, some students said they supported the boycott, even though they also acknowledged that they were harmed by such action.
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