Khuri, right, inaugurated as AUB's 16th president, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. (The Daily Star/AUB, HO)
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The American University of Beirut's 16th president Monday promised at his inauguration ceremony, which brought together hundreds of officials and academics, to make tuition fees more accessible for disadvantaged youth in the region.AUB is the largest private employer in Lebanon, making the university a vital player in creating more prosperous opportunities for faculty and students alike. Hussein Ibish, a senior resident scholar at The Arab Gulf State Institute, and a close friend of Khuri, said that by anointing Khuri as the next president of AUB, the Board of Trustees reaffirmed their commitment to intellectual exceptionalism.Ibish's prediction is best illustrated in the blueprint Khuri has designed to lead AUB to greater heights during his presidency. He for one intends to work with the Lebanese government to create teaching opportunities for AUB graduates in some of the most marginalized areas of the country. This includes workers at AUB who are not merely academic researchers or instructors.
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