American University of Beirut
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|American University of Beirut
الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت
|Motto||That they may have life and have it more abundantly.|
|President||Peter Fitzgerald Dorman|
|Academic staff||653 full-time instructional faculty.|
|Campus||Urban, 61-acre (250,000 m2); and AREC (Agricultural Research and Education Center), a 247-acre (1.00 km2) research farm and educational facility in the Beqaa Valley|
The American University of Beirut (AUB); Arabic: الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت) is a private, secular, and independent university in Beirut, Lebanon. Degrees awarded at the American University of Beirut (AUB) are officially registered with the New York Board of Regents.
The university is ranked as the number one university in Lebanon and among the top 250 universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings. AUB is also ranked as the first American university located outside of the U.S.A.
The American University of Beirut is governed by a private, autonomous Board of Trustees and offers programs leading to Bachelor's, Master’s, MD, and PhD degrees. It collaborates with many universities around the world, notably with Columbia University, George Washington University Medical School in Washington, DC; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the University of Paris. The current president is the American epigraphist, philologist, and cultural anthropologist, Peter Dorman.
The American University of Beirut (AUB) boasts an operating budget of $213 million with an endowment of approximately $295 million. The campus is composed of 64 buildings, including the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) (420 beds), 5 libraries, 3 museums and 7 dormitories. Almost one-fifth of AUB's students attended secondary school or university outside of Lebanon before coming to AUB. AUB Graduates reside in approximately 100 countries worldwide. The language of instruction is English.
In 1862 American missionaries in Lebanon and Syria, under the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, asked Daniel Bliss to establish a college of higher learning that would include medical training. On April 24, 1863, while Dr. Daniel Bliss was raising money for the new college in the United States and England, the State of New York granted a charter for the Syrian Protestant College. The college, which was renamed the American University of Beirut in 1920, opened with a class of 16 students on December 3, 1866. Dr. Bliss served as its first president, from 1866 until 1902.
AUB alumni have had a broad and significant impact on the region and the world for many years. For example, 19 AUB alumni were delegates to the signing of the United Nations Charter in 1945 — more than any other university in the world. AUB graduates continue to serve in leadership positions as presidents of their countries, prime ministers, members of parliament, ambassadors, governors of central banks, presidents and deans of colleges and universities, businesspeople, engineers, doctors, teachers, and nurses. They work in governments, the private sector, and in nongovernmental organizations.
On March 21, 2008, the Board of Trustees selected Peter Dorman to be AUB's 15th president. He succeeded John Waterbury who was president of AUB from 1998 to 2008. Dorman is an international scholar in the field of Egyptology and formerly chaired the University of Chicago's Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.
As of June 2011[update], the total number of degrees and diplomas awarded totaled 82,032.
The 61-acre (250,000 m2) American University of Beirut campus is on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea on one side and bordering Bliss Street on the other.Based in one of Lebanon’s few geographic locations, AUB’s campus in Ras Beirut occupies an area of nearly 61 acres and consists of 64 buildings, seven dormitories and several libraries. In addition, the university also houses the Charles W. Hostler Student Center, an Archaeological Museum as well as the widely-renowned Natural History Museum. Students also benefit from a range of recreational and research facilities, such as the 247 acre research farm and educational complex hosted by the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences' AREC (Agricultural Research and Education Center).
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Faculties and schools 
- Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences (FAFS)
- Faculty of Arts & Sciences (FAS)
- Faculty of Engineering & Architecture (FEA): Architecture, Computer & Communications Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Graphic Design
- Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS)
- Faculty of Medicine (FM), including the Rafic Hariri School of Nursing (HSON)
- Suliman S. Olayan School of Business (OSB)
In 2007, the American University of Beirut reintroduced PhD programs and now offers six doctoral programs: Arab and Middle Eastern History, Arabic Language and Literature, Cell and Molecular Biology[disambiguation needed], Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Theoretical Physics.
Medical Center 
The AUB Medical Center (AUBMC) is the private, not-for-profit teaching center of the Faculty of Medicine. The AUB Medical Center (AUBMC), which is accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCIA) on hospital accreditation, includes a 420-bed hospital and offers comprehensive tertiary/quaternary medical care and referral services in a wide range of specialties and medical, nursing and paramedical training programs at undergraduate and post-graduate level. Since 1905, AUB’s medical services have included a nursing school. In 2008, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) invited AUB’s Rafic Hariri School of Nursing to become a full member, making it the first member of the AACN outside the United States. The American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program awarded AUBMC its prestigious Magnet designation on June 23, 2009. AUBMC is the first healthcare institution in the Middle East and the third in the world outside the United States to receive this award.
On April 4, 2011, the American University of Beirut (AUB) announced an ambitious plan for the development and implementation of a new AUBMC 2020 Medical Complex. The AUBMC 2020 Medical Complex will lead to the growth of the hospital from an approximately 350-bed institution to a 600-bed medical complex that will also include new adult and pediatric hospitals, the creation of specialized centers of excellence in oncology, neuroscience, cardiovascular disease, amongst others, as well as an expansion in the existing services and buildings. Another component to AUBMC’s growth, will be the recruitment of top-caliber, highly specialized and accomplished faculty, and the creation of a Heart and Vascular Center and a Multiple Sclerosis Center.
University Museum 
The Archaeological Museum of the American University of Beirut is the third oldest museum in the Near East with displays covering all periods of history. The museum also carries out archaeological research projects.
The American University of Beirut (AUB) library system includes two main divisions:
University libraries 
The university libraries include the Nami Jafet Memorial Library, the Engineering and Architecture Library and the Science and Agriculture Library. The Agricultural Research and Education Center (AREC) in the Beqaa Valley also includes an annex to the Science and Agriculture Library.
The University Libraries are home to a rich collection that consists of:
- 587,778 volumes
- 923 periodical titles, of which 244 are in Arabic.
- 57,679 electronic journals in 206 databases.
- 1,139,340 audiovisual items of all formats, the majority of which are microforms of a substantial number of local and regional journals and newspapers going back to the early 20th century.
- 1,398 manuscripts in “Archives and Special Collections”, some of which have been appraised as museum pieces,
- 7,714 volumes of theses, projects and dissertations going back to 1907,
- 3,940 posters and 1,902 maps, as well as 46,418 photographs, of a unique and historical nature.
Saab Medical Library 
Although many library resources are accessible remotely from on and off campus, the libraries themselves are equipped with e-classrooms, computer labs, and wireless connectivity. Trained and experienced library staff conduct classes and workshops throughout the year to introduce and train users to take advantage of the libraries’ collections, information resources, and innovative technologies.
In October 2002, the American University of Beirut launched a five-year $150 million fund raising campaign called the Campaign for Excellence to celebrate its 140th anniversary in 2006–07. The University raised more than $171 million during the campaign, which ended in December 2007, to upgrade its facilities, strengthen academic programs, enhance faculty recruitment, and increase its financial aid budget.
Degrees awarded by the American University of Beirut are officially registered with the Ministry of Higher Education in Lebanon and with the Board of Education in the State of New York. AUB was granted institutional accreditation in June 2004 by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The University’s accreditation was most recently reaffirmed in June 2009.
In September 2006, the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) acted to accredit the University’s Graduate Public Health Program in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS). The AUB Graduate Public Health Program is the first CEPH accredited public health program outside the North American continent.
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited AUB’s Rafic Hariri School of Nursing for five years beginning October 13, 2007.
In April 2009, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) granted the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business (OSB) initial accreditation. AACSB is the leading international accrediting agency for undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting. Less than five percent of business schools worldwide have earned AACSB International accreditation. AUB's Olayan School of Business is the first business school in Lebanon and the second in the region to receive such accreditation.[
The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at the American University of Beirut received accreditation from the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) in July 2010, becoming the first university in Lebanon to receive such an accreditation. The accredited programs include the undergraduate BE degrees in civil engineering, computer and communications engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical engineering. The most important donor of FEA was Mohamad Nasser-Eddine (Major donation on 2 June 2009)
Board of Trustees 
- Ray R. Irani, PhD (Billionaire & Executive Chairman, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Los Angeles, California)
- Michael I. Fares (Billionaire & Private Investor, London, UK)
- Carlos Ghosn (Billionaire & President and Chief Executive Officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Tokyo, Japan; President and Chief Executive Officer, Renault, Paris, France)
- Dr. David R. Bickers (Vice Chairman for Medicine and Health & Carl Truman Nelson Professor and Chairman, at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Medical Center; and Director of Dermatology Service, Columbia Campus, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Manhattan, New York)
- Randa El-Sayed Haffar (Director, Citi Private Bank, New York City)
- Saad Hariri (Former Prime Minister of Lebanon)
- Abdulla Al-Thani, PhD (Vice President of the Qatar Foundation, Doha, Qatar)
- W. Ronnie Coffman, PhD (International Professor College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Cornell University, Ithaca, New York)
- Philip S. Khoury, PhD (Ford International Professor of History and Associate Provost, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts)
- Dr. Huda Y. Zoghbi (Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Molecular and Human Genetics, Neurology, and Neuroscience, Houston, Texas)
- Marwan Muasher, PhD (Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, DC)
- Ambassador Frank G. Wisner (International Affairs[disambiguation needed] Advisor at Patton Boggs LLP. New York City)
- Najib Mikati Prime Minister of Lebanon
Notable alumni 
Nineteen former AUB students were delegates to the signing of the United Nations Charter in 1945, perhaps the most famous among them was Charles Malik, a Lebanese philosopher, diplomat and president of the United Nations General Assembly from 1958 to 1959.
Selected list of alumni and former students 
Listed alphabetically by last name
- Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (Former Minister of Finance, Presidential Candidate in 2009 Afghan Presidential Elections)
- Yousef Pashtun (Minister of Urban Development, former Governor of Kandahar Province)
- Anwar ul Haq Ahady (Minister of Trade, former Minister of Finance)
- Yusuf Al-Shirawi (Former Minister of Trade and Industry)
- Ali Fakhro (Former Minister Health between 1972 and 1982, and Education between 1982 and 1995. The first Bahraini medical doctor)
- Abdulrahman Mohammed Jamsheer (Leading businessman and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security of the Shura Council in the Kingdom of Bahrain)
- Afnan Zayyani (Businesswoman, Board Member of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce - Transferred to Texas Tech University during the Lebanese War 1975-1990)
- Mona Nemer (Vice President - Research, The University of Ottawa - Transferred to Wichita State University during the Lebanese War)
- Hassan Behnam (Director of UBIFRANCE office in Egypt, Embassy of France)
- Sahar Sallab (businesswoman and former Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry)
- Shoghi Effendi Rabbani (head of the Bahá'í Faith 1921–1957)
- Ali Akbar Salehi (Foreign Minister, and former Head of the Iran Nuclear Agency)
- Sayyed Mahmoud Hessaby ( a prominent Iranian scientist)
- Abdul-Jabbar Abdullah (Scientist and academic, the second president of the University of Baghdad))
- Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi (Minister of Communications)
- Fadhil Al-Jamali (Prime Minister)
- Adnan Al-Pachachi (Foreign Minister and President/Member of the Interim Ruling Council)
- Khalil M. H. Al-Shamma' (Professor Of Banking And Finance, Vice President Of the Arab Academy for Banking And Financial Sciences, Chairman, Board of Directors of Professional Consultant and Trainer, PCT, www.pctgroup.net, Amman-Jordan
- Matti Aqrawi (Academic, the first president of the University of Baghdad)
- Ali Al-Wardi (Anthropologist and social historian)
- Taha Baqir (Archaeologist and scholar)
- Zaha Hadid (Architect)
- Saadun Hammadi (Prime Minister & Speaker)
- Hafiz Jameel (Famous poet)
- Hussein Fakhri Al-Khalidi (Prime Minister)
- Suleyman Al-Nabulsi (Prime Minister)
- Wasfi Al-Tall (Prime Minister)
- Abdul Hamid Sharaf (Prime Minister)
- Ahmad Touqan (Prime Minister)
- Abdul Raouf Al-Rawabdeh (Prime Minister)
- Abdullah Al-Nsour (Prime Minister)
- Rima Khalaf (Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, and senior UN official)
- Leila Najjar-Sharaf (Second woman Minister and current member of the Upper House "Majlis Al-A'yan")
- Kadri Touqan (Foreign Minister and academic)
- Umayya Touqan (Finance Minister, and former Governor of the Central Bank of Jordan)
- Akram Zu'eiter (Foreign Minister, Ambassador and Writer)
- Abdul Hamid Shoman (Former chairman of Arab Bank)
- Samih Darwazah (Founder of Hikma Pharmaceuticals, one of the United Kingdom's largest pharmaceutical businesses)
- Talal Abu-Ghazaleh (Founer of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization)
- Khaled Toukan (Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chairman of Jordan Atomic Energy Commission)
- Laith Shubeilat (Politician)
- Maha Khatib (Tourism Minister)
- Abdul Rahman Al-Awadhi (Former Minister of Health)
- Ahmad Al-Khatib (One of the earliest parliamentarians)
- Rula Dashti (Minister of Planning, Development and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs - One of the first four women members of Parliament - Transferred to California State University - Chico during the Lebanese War)
- H.H. Sheikha Hassa Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah (President of Kuwaiti Business Women Committee since 1999)
- Salim Al-Hoss (Prime Minister)
- Mohammad Al Safadi (Minister of Finance)
- Jibran Bassil (Minister of Energy)
- Bassel Fleihan (Minister of Economy, assassinated in 2005))
- Bilal Hamad (Mayor of Beirut)
- Wafaa Dikhah Hamze (one of Lebanon's first two women ministers)
- Nadine Yared (Infectiologist and Professor of internal Medicine)
- Walid Jumblat (Leader of the Progressive Socialist Party, member of parliament and former cabinet minister)
- Nazem El-Khoury (Minister of Environment)
- Charles Malik (Philosopher, Former President of the UN General Assembly; President of the UN Economic and Social Council; Foreign Minister of Lebanon)
- Nazih El-Bizri (Minister in several Lebanese cabinets and long serving member of parliament)
- Wadad Kadi (Established Avalon Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Chicago)
- Najib Mikati (Prime Minister, billionaire and co-founder of Investcom)
- Emily Nasrallah (Writer and women's rights activist)
- Adel Osseiran (Speaker of Parliament and Cabinet Minister)
- Riad Salameh (Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon)
- Kamal Salibi (Historian)
- Fouad Siniora (Former Prime Minister)
- Ghassan Tueni (Deputy Prime Minister, journalist and publisher of An-Nahar newspaper)
- Huda Y. Zoghbi (ne Al Hibri) - Professor of Pediatrics, Molecular and Human Genetics, and Neurology and Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX). Her work has helped uncover genes and mechanisms responsible for Rett syndrome and spinocerebellar ataxia neurological disorders.
- Mohamad Noah bin Omar, First speaker of Malaysian Parliament (Dewan Rakyat), also the father-in-law of the second and third prime minister of Malaysia.
The Maldives 
- Mohammad Waheed Hassan, President of The Maldives - elected 2012
- Haidar Abdul-Shafi (Gaza politician and physician)
- Salma Al-Khadra Al-Jayyusi (Academic and poet)
- Suad Amiry (Writer and architect)
- Hanan Ashrawi (Academic and politician)
- Salam Fayyad (Prime Minister of the Palestinian authority)
- George Habash (Physician and Politician – leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine)
- Nabeel Kassis (Nuclear physicist and politician)
- Hanna Nasser (Founding president of Birzeit University)
- Kamal Nasser (Famous Poet, political leader and member of the Jordanian parliament)
- Ibrahim Touqan (Famous Poet)
- Leila Khaled
- Ramiz Qassis (Entrepreneur)
Saudi Arabia 
- Thuraya Al-Arrayed (Poet, writer, and member of the Consultative Council (Majlis Ash-Shura) of Saudi Arabia, appointed on January 10, 2013)
- Badriya Al-Bishr (Writer)
- Yaqoub Rasheed Ad-Dughaither (Historian)
- Abdullah Jum'ah (Former President, Director, and CEO of Saudi Aramco)
- Abdul Aziz Al-Mu'ammar - Special Royal Advisor during the reign of King Saud ibn Abdul Aziz (1953–1964)
- Hayat S. Olayan (Businesswoman)
- Hutham S. Olayan (Businesswoman and member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut)
- Farida Al-Sulayman (First Saudi woman medical doctor)
- Ismail al-Azhari (First President of independent Sudan)
- Yusuf Badri (Founder of Al-Ahfad University, Sudan's first private university)
- Nazim Al-Qudsi (President and Prime Minister)
- Faris Al-Khoury (Prime Minister and Speaker of the House)
- Mansur Al-Atrash (Head of the National Revolutionary Council 1965–1966)
- Abdel Rahman Ash-Shahbandar (Physician, nationalist leader and minister)
- Madani Al-Khiyami (Health Minister and physician)
- Ghada Al-Samman (Novelist and writer)
- Omar Abu Rishah (Ambassador and famous poet)
- Ignatious 6th Hazim (Antiochian Orthodox Patriarch between July 1979 and December 2012)
- Hassaan Mureiwid (Foreign Minister)
- Costantine Zurayk (Academic and historian)
- Abdulfattah John Jandali (Steve Jobs' biological father)
- Emile Haddad (President & CEO, Fivepoint Communities)
- Yusuf Hannun (Director, Stony Brook University School of Medicine Cancer Center, Vice Dean for Cancer Medicine)
- Charles W Hostler (Former American Ambassador to Bahrain)
- Ray Irani (Chairman & CEO, Occidental Petroleum)
- Malcolm Kerr (Academic, former president of AUB, former professor at UCLA)
- Zalmay Khalilzad (Former American Ambassador to the United Nations and Afghanistan)
- Lina Obeid (Dean for Research, Professor of medicine at Stony Brook School of Medicine)
- Hassan Kamel Al-Sabbah (Mathematician, inventor, and electrical engineer)
See also 
- American University (disambiguation) for a list of similarly-named institutions
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