René Chamussy : about the social role of Universities


“Training citizens”, this is René Chamussy’s belief. Current rector of the prestigious University of Saint Joseph of Beirut since 2003, he has a vision of education that out passes the strictly professional training of his students. What he wants to focus on is more the social role of learning, of education. Let’s meet with this strong personality.

Raised in France amongst the Jesuits, René Chamussy studied different subjects along which philosophy, theology and Literature. It is actually to pursue his education in his last subject that he moved to Lebanon however, although he hasn’t left the country since, he changed his mind and decided to focus on sociology. In the 80’s he teaches at the school of translators and interprets of the USJ. He then leaves teaching aside, takes up administrative management.

“Schoucrane” Lady Cochrane


Yvonne, Lady Cochrane Sursock, is an awe-inspiring person. Daughter of Alfred Sursock, she is the sole heir to the palace of the same name which is nowadays a museum. She is well known for her commitment to preserve the architectural and cultural heritage of her country. A task that she has been carrying out for half a century now.

Our philanthropist had been the general manager of Nicolas Sursock Museum from 1960 to 1966, and she founded the Association for the Protection of Sites and Old Residences (APSAD) which name still resonates today in the Lebanese cultural sphere. Founded in 1960, the association was headed by Lady Cochrane until 2002. After the Civil War, the association became very important because of the extreme necessity of maintaining a heritage partly destroyed. It was also about preserving Beirut's architectural treasures in the face of a new obsession, that of reconstruction.

Ghassan Tueni, a life that marks the Lebanese History


Ghassan Tueni is a senior figure of the Lebanese political and media life. Member of the Parliament since 2005 and CEO of the Al-Nahar newspaper since 1948, he has notably published a famous book entitled, “Let's bury hate and revenge”, after the death of his son. Let's focus on his career.

Born in Beirut in 1926, Ghassan Tueni is the son of Gebran Tueni, Al-Nahar newspaper founder. Tueini studied at the American University of Beirut, then, at Harvard University in the United States. At the age of 22, he took the helm of the independent newspaper Al-Nahar, founded in 1933. Ghassan's father might have affected his son's choices. He was free-mason, appointed as an ambassador then Minister of Education before the independence in 1943. According to Ghassan Tueni, his father was a free man, and his love of freedom belongs now to his heritage.