London College of FashionNEW YORK, Nov 25, 2013/ — In an announcement today, Elie Saab confirmed that he has collaborated with the Lebanese American University (LAU) and the London College of Fashion (LCF), Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design degree is now available in at the LAU.

The degree is the result of a joint effort between the three parties to bring world class fashion design to Lebanon. ELIE SAAB, LCF and LAU have partnered together in a bid to uphold international standards in support of the development of Beirut’s most exciting fashion design program.

The agreement was signed by LCF’s Head of College Pro Vice Chancellor, University of the Arts London, Professor Frances Corner OBE, and LAU President Dr. Joseph G. Jabbra. The ceremony took place at LCF’s campus in central London on 5th November 2013, in the presence Mr. Elie Saab and the Lebanese Ambassador to the United Kingdom, HE Inaam Osseiran.

It is the first major strategic partnership in the field of fashion design between a prominent international fashion house, a leading American academic institution in the Middle East and a globally recognized fashion college. It is launched with a view to creating a fashion design program that is both relevant to Arab culture and international in scope.

Mr. Elie Saab, Honorary Chairman of the program, said: “The vision behind LAU’s fashion design program was to offer the region’s students an education of the highest possible international standards without having to travel too far from home. I am pleased with the agreement, which is a major step toward creating a regional hub for talented designers.”

The first year of the Fashion Design program specialization will commence in September 2014. LCF will oversee implementation of the program by delivering curriculum consultancy and quality assurance services to LAU.

“We are pleased to be partnering with LAU as their strong ethos for academic achievement mirrors that of LCF,” said Professor Frances Corner during the event. “Developing international relationships such as this is vital to LCF as we look to develop our own understanding of the global fashion market as well as share our own expertise with our partners.”

“LAU is honored to be partnering with two internationally recognized fashion industry leaders,” said Dr. Jabbra at the signing ceremony. “Their expertise will provide our students with an even stronger academic degree in fashion design in line with international practices.”

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