Students Can Now Grade their Professors
University students now have the opportunity to grade their college professors anonymously with new Lebanese website ayyaprofessor.com. The idea started as a university project by Ryan Abi and developed into a full-fledged user-friendly online platform. Once logged on, students can search for a professor’s name and enter their evaluation or other’s evaluations. A professor’s name can be added to the site if they are not listed. “The concept behind creating such a platform is to promote academic transparency and assist students, parents and faculty members in making informed educational decisions,” said Founder and CEO of Ayya Professor. “A professor’s final score is expressed in the form of a letter grade and compiled in a Gpa-like fashion
based on a set of predetermined criteria that are listed under the grading categories. Professors that accumulate a high GPA will join the site’s “Honour Society”, added Abi. Users are encouraged to use their university email while grading to minimise inaccuracies. But this does not mean that every single evaluation out there will be evaluated. However, to help moderate and preserve the site’s credibility, users have the option to flag evaluations they consider not abiding by the site’s guidelines. Ayya Professor also includes a special blog section, featuring articles on an array of academic, cultural and entertainment topics contributed by college students and enthusiasts alike. Luxury and lifestyle travel magazine, Conde Nast Traveler (CNT) addressed a love letter to the Lebanese capital accompanied by an invitation to all its readers and Instagram followers to show their love to Beirut by submitting photos with the hashtag #Lovelettertobeirut. CNT'S letter reads: "Dear Beirut, We at Conde Nast Traveler are huge fans of yours. We think you’re beautiful. Charming. Smart. Strong. And brave, when faced with terror and destruction. You have astonishing art, architecture, food, and hotels—in fact, we think you're one of the great cities of the world…"
By Sidney's Beirut