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SMU's First Research Conference Luncheon

Step 1. Self-assessment exercise


Step 2. Searching for the right programs and schools
Step 3. Creating and narrowing down your application list
Step 4. Drafting your essays
Step 5. Submitting your full application
Ms. Labidi advised interested students to think about their individual
interests, needs, and competences in order to identify the right
schools and programs. In addition, she strongly recommended students to visit the following websites as useful tools to get them started with their application process:

1. College Boards
SMU is launching the "Monthly Lunch Research Conference"on College Boards is a user-friendly search engine for undergraduate
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 12:00 PM. The kickoff will be freshmen and transfer students looking for guidelines on U.S. collegtaking place at the Alumni Center, MSB LAC II CAMPUS.
es and application standards. Visit College Boards <https://
www.collegeboard.org/>

The initiative was taken by Dr. Soumeya Ben Letaifa, Chair of Research Department at MSB. Its strategic goal is to build and develop 2. Peterson's
an SMU research community which will ultimately fuel the university's Peterson's offers a wide range of products and services including
test preparation, school searches, financial aid searches, career
research plan.
exploration tools, and professional writing services. It serves as a
Dr. Ben Letaifa described how this monthly event will help foster useful guide for undergraduate and graduate level students. Visit
Peterson's <http://www.petersons.com/>
internal collaboration and co-authorship as it presents faculty with
the opportunity to share their research interests and expertise. "The
Research Lunch Conference" will serve as a communication platform where faculty could present their projects to colleagues, staff,
and students.

An elected Research Council will be steering this initiative. "We will


provide resources and tools for our faculty members in order to
develop a new research agenda according to their needs, publication opportunities, and expertise" added Dr. Letaifa.
An Assembly formed of professors will meet every two months to
communicate faculty accomplishments and projects. It will also
collect and exchange feed-back and propositions that can help
the Research Council explore new research areas and identify
more publishing opportunities.

A Full house for EducationUSA

degree programs, PhD programs, and certificate programs. Visit


GradSchools <http://www.gradschools.com/>

The EducationUSA advisor also invited SMU students to schedule


EducationUSA represents a large network of advising centers across
individual meetings with her following her presentation. "I would be
the world that help international students find accurate, compreglad to advise you on how to create your application list and then
hensive, and current information about how to apply to accredited
help you narrow it down; I will help you be more realistic and practiU.S. universities.
cal" added Ms. Labidi with great enthusiasm.
A large pool of SMU graduate and undergraduate students have
Finally, as many U.S. colleges, particularly graduate schools, require
attended Ms. Labidi's lecture on the several steps to be taken in a
standardized testing (e.g. GMAT, GRE, etc.), interested SMU stutypical U.S. university application. Ms. Labidi's suggested steps were
dents were welcomed to drop by the EducationUSA Library at AMas follows:
IDEAST where a study area, with free access to books and study
guides, is made available to them.
3. Grad Schools
GradSchools is the world's number one graduate school directory. It
offers free access to a large comprehensive list of graduate schools
and information on over 67 000 programs, across master's

MSB-MedTech Career Fair: A Major Success


SMU launched its 1st MSB-MedTech Career Fair on Friday, December 19, 2014. According to students, partner companies, and the
Tunisian press, the event was a major success.
Career Office Manager and event Organizer, Mr. Seifeddine Kraiem, also voiced his satisfaction with the event outcome. 11 companies among the top recruiters on both the national and international markets [were] present [that] morning, ready to meet with our
students and eager to start scheduling interviews.
Indeed, this 1st edition of the MSB-MedTech Career Fair was a great
opportunity for students to find internships as well as for alumni to
seek job opportunities. Participating companies shared the aim of
finding actively engaged students, with developed Soft Skills and
preferably fluent in several languages, and they were not disappointed.
Company representatives were pleased with the quality of both
MSB and MedTech students. What they were seeking seemed to be
the typical SMU student profile. In addition, many have expressed
their satisfaction with the overall organization of the event.
Mr. Kraimen also informed us that the Career Fair has brought SMU
students 18 internship opportunities and 33 candidates were retained for interviews.

We are happy to announce that our guests seemed eager to participate in future Career Office events. In the meantime, we wish
our students the best of success on their interviews!
LEconomiste Maghrebin covered the event

Staff & Staff Changes


Dr. Mehdi Zahaf was appointed Director of
Academic Affairs

Dr. Soumaya Ben Letaifa recently joined MSB


faculty and was appointed Chair of Research
Department
Mrs. Patricia Ceresani recently joined SMU as
Director of LCI
Mr. Isaac Bolger was appointed Chair of Student Affairs
Ms. Nawel Arfaoui left Admissions to join the
Exam & Registar Department as Assistant
Officer
Ms. Noura Gargani left Admissions to join the
Communitry Communication Department as
Senior Officer

Become Google's Next Student


Ambassador
Did you miss the Google Student Ambassador's Conference?
L3 student and MSB's 2014 GSA, Nadia Soussi, gave a remarkable presentation on the GSA Program last Tuesday, December 9, 2014.
Do you share Google's passion for IT and Innovation? Don't
miss the chance to enhance your leadership skills, interact
with Googlers from across the globe, and become eligible to
participate
in
Google
events,
training programs,
and local internships. Apply for GSA
2015.

New English Courses


MBM Part-Time Open

M2 Project: "Understanding the Tunisian Vote"


Don't miss M2 Marketing Students's project presentations on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 01:30 PM in A2, MSB LAC II CAMPUS. J ury will be
composed of Dr. Mehdi Zahaf, Associate Professor and Director of Academic Affairs, and 2 representatives from 3C and ISIE.
These projects are part the M2 Marketing Speciaplization Course: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods taught by Dr. Zahaf.