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AUB charges each company a minimum of $2,000 to be present at the job fair. Obviously, big companies and agencies can afford this and that is why most of them are there. But most of these companies and agencies are not there to hire, very few of them even have fresh graduate positions.
These companies are there for three reasons: prestige and brand awareness, a change of scenery for their HR staff and to get the student's emails and phone numbers for spamming purposes.
Many start-ups and small companies that are actually recruiting may not be able to afford (or do not have the budget) to participate in the job fair. Thus, AUB students will not be exposed to these new or small companies and struggle more before or after graduation to find jobs in Lebanon.
In comparison to other universities in Hamra, LAU charges $300 per campus and Haigazian promotes the companies for free in order to facilitate job search for their students.
Once again, AUB proves that financial gain is more important than its students' interest, as if the increasing tuition fees and millions of dollars in donations are not enough.