File - AUB students are seen at the main entrance of the campus in Beirut, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Despite protests last week that saw hundreds of students rally on campus, the president of the American University of Beirut is insisting that tuition must be raised if the institution is to keep its doors open next year.Although AUB President Peter Dorman told The Daily Star that the university would "absolutely" have to increase tuition next year, he added that the figures had not yet been finalized.Kammourieh also expressed concern that the tuition increase would prove prohibitive for many AUB students and their families.For many middle-class students who don't qualify for subsidized tuition rates, however, Dorman acknowledged that the timing of the increase was bad.Nadim Jabri, a student activist who helped coordinate last week's protest, said the students might strike if the administration increased tuition for next semester.Jabri and 20 other student leaders have formed an unofficial group, Students of AUB, to discuss strategies to sway the administration before the budget is finalized in May.
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