Mission Statement

The American University of Beirut (AUB) is an institution of higher learning founded to provide excellence in education, to participate in the advancement of knowledge through research, and to serve the peoples of the Middle East and beyond. Chartered in New York State in 1863, the university bases its educational philosophy, standards, and practices on the American liberal arts model of higher education. The university believes deeply in and encourages freedom of thought and expression and seeks to foster tolerance and respect for diversity and dialogue. Graduates will be individuals committed to creative and critical thinking, life-long learning, personal integrity, civic responsibility, and leadership.

History

In 1862, American missionaries in Lebanon and Syria, under the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, asked Dr. Daniel Bliss to withdraw from the evangelistic work of the mission in Lebanon to found a college of higher learning that would include medical training. It was felt that this college should have an American educational character, should be administered independently from the Mission, and should be maintained by its own funds. Dr. Bliss traveled to the United States in the summer of 1862 to solicit funds for this new enterprise. By August 1864 he had raised $100,000, but because of inflation during the Civil War, it was decided that he should raise a sterling fund in England to start the operations of the college, leaving the dollar fund to appreciate. After collecting 4,000 in England, he traveled to Beirut in March 1866. On April 24, 1863, while Dr. Bliss was raising money for the new school, the State of New York, granted a charter under the name of the Syrian Protestant College. The college opened with its first class of 16 students on December 3, 1866. The cornerstone of College Hall, the first building on the present campus in Ras Beirut, was laid on December 7, 1871, by the Honorable William E. Dodge, Sr., then Treasurer of the Board of Trustees. At this ceremony, President Daniel Bliss expressed the guiding principle of the college in these words: This college is for all conditions and classes of men without regard to color, nationality, race or religion. A man, white, black, or yellow, Christian, Jew, Mohammedan or heathen, may enter and enjoy all the advantages of this institution for three, four or eight years; and go out believing in one God, in many gods, or in no God. But it will be impossible for anyone to continue with us long without knowing what we believe to be the truth and our reasons for that belief. College Hall and the first medical building were completed and put to use in 1873, and the bell in the tower of College Hall pealed for the first time in March 1874. However, College Hall was extensively damaged by a savage explosion in the early morning of November 8, 1991, and the building had to be demolished. It was later rebuilt, and the new College Hall was inaugurated in the spring of 1999. Since the earliest years, the University has continually expanded and developed new faculties and programs. In 1867, the University started the School of Medicine. Four years later, in 1871, both schools of pharmacy and a preparatory school were added. The latter became independent in 1960 and is currently known as International College. In 1900, the University established a school of commerce which was later incorporated into the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (which was established in 1866). When the hospital (currently the American University of Beirut Medical Center) opened in 1905, a school of nursing - now the Rafic Hariri School of Nursing - was also established. In 1910, the University opened a school of dentistry, which operated for thirty years. In the early years of the 1950s, several program expansions took place. The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture was established in 1951; the Faculty of Agriculture - now the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences - opened its doors in 1952, and the School of Public Health - now the Faculty of Health Sciences - was started in 1954. The University established in 2000 an independent school of business (later named the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business) as the sixth Faculty of the University. On November 18, 1920, the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York changed the name of the institution from the Syrian Protestant College to the American University of Beirut; other charter amendments expanded the functions of the University. All presidents of the University have been in residence at Marquand House, which was completed in 1879. At the end of June 2011, the number of degrees and diplomas awarded since June 1870 totaled 82,032.

Facts and Figures

Faculties and Programs Over 120 undergraduate/graduate programs in:

  • Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Suliman S. Olayan School of Business
  • Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Medicine/Rafic Hariri School of Nursing
  • Division of University Interdisciplinary Programs

The Office of the Vice President for Regional External Programs (REP) Founded in 1976, REP has championed entrepreneurial ideas and initiatives. As the consulting arm of AUB, REP provides technical assistance to governments, international organizations, foundations, non-profit associations, businesses, and industry in the following areas:

  • Agricultural and Food Sciences
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business Management
  • Continuing Education
  • Engineering and Architecture
  • Higher Education
  • Journalism
  • Management Consulting
  • Medical and Health Sciences

Enrolment

Male: 51 percent Female: 49 percent Scholarship Aid Recipients: 80 percent Countries Represented: 80 (2, 000 international) Undergraduate: 6,750 Graduate: 1,629

Programs taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

EMBA

American University of Beirut - AUB

The Suliman S. Olayan School of Business Executive MBA is an intense journey in leadership and management that will prepare you to tackle complex business environments gl ... [+]

Delivered by a team of internationally experienced faculty and practitioners, the program is an invigorating and intensive learning journey that prepares you to overcome multi-faceted business and organizational challenges in an ever-changing and interlocked global economy. Rigorous analysis and problem solving using case studies, group discussion, and simulations ensure a high-powered knowledge-sharing environment. Throughout the journey, you will learn new frameworks for tackling problems and build a strong diverse network of like-minded executives.

The EMBA program will provide you with practical knowledge in the areas of:

Leadership Innovation Communication Skills Business Professional Knowledge & Competence Business Ethics Decision Making Criteria For Admission ... [-]
Lebanon Beirut USA New York
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English
Full-time
Campus
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MBA

American University of Beirut - AUB

The MBA program has been in existence at AUB since the mid-1940s and is committed to the highest standards of quality in graduate management education. The MBA is intende ... [+]

The MBA program has been in existence at AUB since the mid-1940s and is committed to the highest standards of quality in graduate management education. The MBA is intended for ambitious professionals on track to becoming senior managers and provides a dynamic balance between a top-down strategic mindset and a bottom-up operational orientation. While the program develops systematic, big-picture thinking and problem framing, it underscores the importance of implementation, execution and results-based management for maximum impact.

The OSB MBA has a number of characteristics that warrant its leadership status:

Continuously reviewed and updated programmatic content, benchmarked against international best-practices in graduate management education Rigor of admission standards unparalleled in the region Alignment with AACSB accreditation standards, whose fulfilment is a strategic target of the program A robust general management orientation which combines integrative thinking with analytical rigour An explicit focus on leadership, in keeping with the AUB tradition of producing corporate and business executive talent of the finest calibre An educational process that is student-driven, team-based and group-oriented On-going assessment of learning outcomes geared toward continuous improvement Overview ... [-]
Lebanon Beirut USA New York
October 2019
English
Full-time
Part-time
12 - 36 months
Campus
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