12 Oct Groundbreaking Ceremony of AUBMC’s Academic and Clinical Center under the Patronage of President Michel Sleiman
With a tangible sense of pride and joy, the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC), staff and friends, welcomed His Excellency the President of the Lebanese Republic, General Michel Sleiman and the First Lady Mrs. Wafa Sleiman, in their midst for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Academic and Clinical Center (ACC), the first major milestone of the AUBMC 2020 Vision, AUB’s largest project to date.
In his speech, President Suleiman reassured the audience of ministers, members of parliament, trustees, distinguished guests, AUB leadership and AUBMC staff, supporters and students present that AUB’s avant-garde vision, guidelines and objectives” stemming from a noble and humanitarian mission, “were since the inauguration of the Faculty of Medicine in Beirut in 1867,” emphasizing the sacrifices and services that AUBMC has been providing to the people of Lebanon and the region since its inception in 1902. His Excellency President Sleiman stated that these services “did not come to an end despite the difficulties and challenges” facing Lebanon through those years; for AUB and its medical center have lived through “Lebanon’s different and unstable ages keeping its mission well-established and perseverant throughout the decades.” President Sleiman stressed the impact of AUB’s future contribution, through the AUBMC 2020 Vision, in “providing numerous job opportunities and stimulating the young talented Lebanese to remain on the land of this country that is rooted in a history of civilization, culture and science.”
In his speech, President of the American University of Beirut, Dr. Peter Dorman, emphasized the fact that AUB’s location is no accident, that the founders were aware of the importance of establishing a university “in the Middle East, of the Middle East, and for the Middle East”, not “an American university with an outpost facility in Lebanon”. It is in this context and spirit that AUB has, since its inauguration, been “graduating medical experts who have gone to work at the finest hospitals, research institutions, and medical centers around the world.” It is in this same spirit of the founders that many are coming back to Lebanon to be a part of the AUBMC 2020 Vision.
For VP of Medical Affairs and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Mohamed H. Sayegh, the groundbreaking ceremony was an opportunity to pledge and promise Lebanon, in the presence of His Excellency the President of the Republic, to resiliently thrive to maintain our nation’s position as a pioneer and a platform for the convergence of medical expertise in the region.
Following the round of speeches, His High Excellency, the First Lady, ministers, members of parliament, trustees, distinguished guests, and AUBMC staff, supporters and students moved to break on the ground from which the ACC will rise.