Considering the International Day for Cultural Diversity, on Thursday, May 31, 2018, the Department of Translation and Languages at Al Maaref University organized a one-day exhibition to celebrate the special occasion, in cooperation with the Lebanese Professional Craftsmen's Union and the Palestinian National Heritage Society. The event represented an exuberant and well-timed opportunity for dialogue, development and exchange of ideas among different people, students and parents, from different walks of life. It was an indispensable gathering that allows students to be in contact with innovative and creative industries and business ventures.
The exhibition included platforms for the range of cultures and customs of countries from the five continents. For each culture, there was a "station" in the courtyard of the University, where wooden figures representing the peoples of these continents in their traditional dress were displayed. In addition, the courtyard had numerous musical cultural performances and engaging activities, including storied marriage habits around the world, with different types of home products and artifacts such as henna, leather accessories, hand soap, packaged food, traditional dress, cultural books, toys for children and adults.
The exhibition was attended by many students from different schools and universities, as well as accompanying parents, professors and those interested in cultural and handicraft affairs. They toured its courtyards, curiously having a close look at the enriched embodiments of different cultures of world, and purchased various products as well as services to encourage handicraft professions.
Beside the cultural exhibition on the day, an official ceremony for announcing the winners of the "First Al Maaref University's National Translation Award", which was launched last February in cooperation with the Arab Translators Association and sponsored by the Lebanese Bookshop (Maktabat Lubnan- Nasheroun).
The winners for the winners of the "Al Maaref University's First National Translation Award" were:
First place: Ahmed Ahmed Jomaa
First place : Rasha Mahmoud Fouani
Second Place: Sana Hatem Al-Mokhtam
Third place: Dima Aqil Dagher
First place: Tamara Khalil Saad
Second place: Reem Wissam Harakeh
Third place: Yasmina Kamel Aldhahi
First place: Hussein Fouad Mousa
Second place: Zahraa Younes
Third place: Yara Abu Jahjah
Worth to mention that a diversified group of high school principals and students with their families from different regions of Lebanon participated in the vibrant cultural event, not to mention representatives of the sponsors and those interested in the event.