Holy Spirit University of Kaslik
|Holy Spirit University of Kaslik
جامعة الروح القدس – الكسليك
|Motto||When the Spirit of truth comes, he will lead you to the whole truth|
|President||Reverend Father Hady Mahfouz|
|Vice-president||Reverend Father Karam Rizk|
|Students||7984 (Fall 2012–2013)|
|Location||Mount Lebanon, Lebanon|
The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (in French: Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik (USEK); جامعة الرّوح القدس – الكسليك Jāmi'aẗ Al Rūḥ Al Qudus – Al Kaslīk), is a private Catholic Higher Education Institution founded by the Lebanese Maronite Order (LMO) in 1950.
USEK is located in the heart of Mount Lebanon. It is multilingual by tradition, with French being the predominantly spoken language. Thanks to an extremely dense network of national and international relations, it plays a key role in training highly qualified researchers and professionals.
In terms of student numbers, USEK is the third largest private University in Lebanon and the third largest University in the country, after the Lebanese University (public university) and Saint Joseph University (private university).
As of 2010, the University is ranked among the top universities in the Middle East and North Africa. The Faculty of Business and Commercial Sciences of the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik is considered to be among the leaders in business education in the Middle East. Since 1997 it has been a member of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) and also headquarters of the Secretariat General of the Association of the Faculties of Business of Arab Universities, Arab Society of Faculties of Business Administration (ASFBA).
USEK welcomes around 8,000 students across 4 campuses (Kaslik, Zahle, Rmeich, Chekka), within its eleven Faculties and four Institutes; i.e. fifteen academic units, which offer a broad array of high-level diversified education. In parallel, USEK students are educated by a world-class teaching workforce composed of around 900 professional educators and researchers. In addition, all University administrative and operational duties are handled by a professional staff of 300 members.
USEK successfully completed an Institutional Evaluation Program conducted by the European University Association (EUA) in 2009. This association aims mainly to guarantee the realization of predetermined missions and objectives. It also seeks to ensure the conformity of its academic and administrative activities with the European standards of Quality Assurance.
It is the first University in the Middle East that conducts an Institutional Evaluation Program through the EUA. This association has developed more than 250 university evaluation programs all over the world, notably in Europe.
In 2010, USEK became the first non-European University to become a member of the European University Association (EUA), in the International Network of the Quality Assurance Agency in Higher Education (INQAAHE), and lately in the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in the USA.
On top of all that, the Evalag Accreditation and Quality Assurance Agency had granted, on 2012, the University Institutional Accreditation for five years, proving that the deployed administrative and academic efforts served the institutional objectives and mission and go hand in hand with both the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance and the Evalag standards.
- 1 History
- 2 Campuses
- 3 Sustainability
- 4 Faculties and Institutes
- 5 Student life
- 6 International affairs
- 7 International Relations Office
- 8 Research
- 9 Alumni
- 10 Library
- 11 National and international authorities
- 12 USEK publications
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) is a private Catholic Higher Education institution founded by the Lebanese Maronite Order (LMO) in 1950. It is, thus, the first University which was established upon a Lebanese initiative and by Lebanese citizens (in this case by the LMO monks). From that moment of initiation, these monks, who had been entrusted with a teaching mission for more than three centuries, have undertaken the management of USEK. Their remit was to provide University teaching, in conformity with the requirements of the labor market and in close association with scientific research.
Since its foundation, USEK has sought, in accordance with article 92 of the Constitutions of the LMO and the teaching of the Catholic Church on universities, to contribute to the welfare of all human beings, through education, research and publication in every field of knowledge.
USEK’s main campus is located in Jounieh, 15 km to the north of the Lebanese capital Beirut, 10 km to the south of Byblos (Jbeil) and 50 km to the south of Tripoli.
It borders a bay bearing the same name, which is situated on the Eastern coast of the Mediterranean. Jounieh is a cosmopolitan city, with a radiant history, fascinating archaeological sites, natural beauty, leisure, sports activities and numerous amusement centers. The University’s premises combines tradition with modernism, and offers an agreeable and calm environment, which favors thinking and studying. Furthermore, its three Regional University Centers, which are located further inland (in Zahle, Chekka and Rmeich), are teaching outposts for the students who are unable to attend the central campus.
On 31 July 2010, USEK launched "Let's Go Green for a Sustainable Future! Towards a Carbon Neutral University": This project aims at transforming the University into a model of environmental responsibility in the Middle East; a goal that will involve the entire campus community in the process of becoming a carbon neutral, resource efficient, zero emissions, internationally certified educational institution. Thus, all existing and new buildings will abide by LEED certifications, and the new "Francois Bassil Medical School" will be designed and built, in order to obtain a Platinum LEED certification. By 2025, USEK will be the first fully carbon neutral University in the Middle East.
Faculties and Institutes
11 Faculties / Founding dates
- Pontifical Faculty of Theology / 1950, under the name of Faculty of Theology / 1974, adopted as the official Faculty of the Catholic Church in Lebanon / 1982, under the name of Pontifical Faculty of Theology
- Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities / 1950
- Faculty of Letters / 1950
- Faculty of Law / 1950
- Faculty of Business and Commercial Sciences / 1966
- Faculty of Music / 1970, under the name of Institute of Musicology / 1993, under the name of Faculty of Music
- Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts / 1974
- Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences / 1988, under the name of Faculty of Agricultural Sciences / 2012, under the name of Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
- Faculty of Medicine and Medical Sciences / 2001
- Faculty of Sciences / 2000, under the name of Faculty of Sciences and Computer Engineering / 2010, split into Faculty of Sciences and Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Engineering / 2010 (The Faculty of Sciences and Computer Engineering, established in 2000, was split in 2010 into Faculty of Sciences and Faculty of Engineering)
4 Institutes / Founding dates
- Institute of Liturgy / 1969
- Institute of History / 1972
- Higher Institute of Nursing Sciences / 1999
- Higher Institute of Political and Administrative Sciences / 2006
The Lebanese State officially recognizes the University, and the diplomas it grants, in accordance with the law organizing Higher Education in Lebanon.
USEK cultivates a strong feeling of 'belonging' among its students, thanks to its welcoming student life and the multiple services it offers them. Hence, outside the framework of courses, student life in USEK takes several shapes and offers numerous occasions to develop new competences and knowledge, and to build a large network of contacts: social and cultural gatherings, pastoral work, cultural trips, student parties, etc.
Since the University is keen on emphasizing the culture of the body as well as that of the mind, it also offers students a broad choice of sports activities. The program includes: basketball, volleyball, football, tennis, table tennis, oriental dance, yoga, skiing, etc. In addition, USEK has several sports teams, which take part regularly in competitions among universities, as well as in national and international championships.
Due to its history, its geographical location, its dynamism and its reputation in the fields of education and training, Lebanon attracts a high number of students, mainly from the Middle East, but also from Europe and North America. The teaching body, also reflecting this cultural diversity which characterizes USEK, is a source of enrichment and generates a convivial ambiance.
USEK’s international dimension is also revealed through several projects, seminars and other cultural activities, which USEK is committed to, in partnership with foreign Higher Education institutions. These exchanges and joint works are the fruit of 95 cooperation conventions signed between USEK and foreign institutions. Thanks to these agreements, students enrolled at USEK are able to conduct their researches within the framework of a joint direction or supervision. Furthermore, the students may benefit from the option of undergoing training, for one or two semesters, in one of its partner universities. Finally, USEK proposes several specializations in which the student is awarded a dual diploma.
International Relations Office
The International Relations Office manages all the partnership and cooperation agreements established between USEK and other local and foreign Higher Education institutions: 26 general conventions, 9 cooperation agreements with National Institutions, 95 cooperation agreements with foreign Higher Education Institutions, as well as 18 tripartite agreements with the partnership of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF).
The office is responsible, furthermore, for establishing relationships with potential partners, in order to implement new collaborations within a perspective of developing educational offers, cultural exchanges, and knowledge. This has a dual purpose for the benefit of lecturers-researchers, as well as for students.
The establishment of cooperation agreements aims at launching multiple actions placed under the supervision and management of the office; mainly joint scientific research projects; joint organization of seminars, colloquiums, conferences; joint publications; exchange of lecturers-researchers and students; scholarships for USEK, students applying for one of the partner institutions in order to pursue their University studies, as well as co-direction and co-supervision of dissertations and theses.
A Doctoral College has been established within the USEK, in order to coordinate the Doctoral Schools and ‘follow-up’ on the Doctoral students, hence getting them ready for professional and academic integration. The Doctoral College helps bring about cooperation and coherence of Doctoral trainings in the different Faculties and institutes in the related fields that constitute a Doctoral School for exact sciences, and a Doctoral School for human and social sciences.
Phoenix Center for Lebanese Studies
The Phoenix Center for Lebanese Studies (PCLS), founded in 2008 in the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, is a multidisciplinary space devoted to all fields related to Lebanon. The objectives of the PCLS are three-fold:
- Information Resources: establishing an analytical and thematic database covering all the fields related to Lebanese studies and forming archival collections that belonged to individuals or institutions.
- Research: establishing at the same time interdisciplinary and international programs and initiatives, contributing to the development of knowledge about Lebanese culture and thoughts.
- Scientific Diffusion: promoting Lebanese studies, within Lebanon and abroad, and developing activities such as colloquiums, publications, participation in different forums and exchanges through scholarships, partnerships with national and international universities and institutions.
Higher Center of Research
In a world where multidisciplinary is a must and where scientific disciplines are decompartmentalized, Higher Education can no longer be dissociated from scientific research. In this regard, USEK has established a Higher Center of Research.
Latin American Studies and Cultures Center
Founded in 2010, the Latin American Studies and Cultures Center (LASCC) of the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) is a multidisciplinary center open to all disciplines in the fields of culture, sciences, politics, economy, trade, sports and history, as well as social and human sciences. It represents a place for exchanges, a platform for cooperation and a link between USEK and Latin America. It is also simultaneously a publishing house for Latin America in Lebanon.
This type of Latin-American center already exists in North America, Latin America and Europe, yet it is the first of its kind in the Middle East.
The main objective of the Alumni Office is to establish contact and reconnect links between the University and its alumni, in order to create an active and productive Alumni Association inside USEK. While giving the greatest importance to the values of exchange and solidarity between old colleagues disseminated all around the world, the goal is to initiate long term successful relationships under the auspices of the University. As a result, a dynamic network was set up to serve around 20, 000 graduates, enabling them to communicate with USEK and keep themselves informed of the latest news.
The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik maintains a very special mission as part of the Lebanese Maronite Order’s (LMO) vocation, namely, the education of youth and the building of a humanist culture. This culture is rooted in the Orient but reaches out, through learning and science, towards constantly changing horizons.
The USEK Library, located in the heart of the University, strives to perpetuate this mission. It aspires to its goal by being rooted in the Orient, and by its openness to all aspects of learning and science. Initially intended for seminarians and theology students of the Lebanese Maronite Order, and consequently limited to philosophical and theological books, the Library has latterly had to meet the requirements of the different Faculties and sections of the University, particularly after the establishment of the University in 1962.
Today, it covers all taught disciplines: theology, liturgy, philosophy, human sciences, languages, history, archeology, musicology, law, fine and applied arts, sacred art, business and economic sciences, agronomy, nutrition, engineering, computer engineering, medicine and nursing.
Thus, the USEK Library provides its students with the documentary basis for their study and research. Moreover, the Central Library, which is constantly being enriched by new publications required by science, is particularly intended for the students and teachers of the University community, as well as for the University staff. It is also open to external students and researchers.
The eZone Library at USEK is one of the first of its kind in Lebanese universities. The area will act as a workspace for a variety of group learning activities and a communication hub in an inviting and colorful setting that attracts students in a technology rich environment. It offers unlimited use of social media networks, access to numerous best-selling and popular magazines and books, and professional support in research and projects, with the aim of providing a central core of learning and interactive activity outside the classroom.
On a national level, the Central library is a member of the LLA (Lebanese Library Association). On an international level, the Central library is a member of several world organizations pertaining to library science and paleography (MELCOM – Middle East Library Committee, Tma, Herimed), the European Association of Middle East Librarians.
- Annales de Philosophie et des Sciences Humaines
- Annales de Recherche Scientifique
- Cahiers Annuels de la Faculté Pontificale de Théologie
- Cahiers de Philosophie et de Théologie
- Libellé (Le)
- Parole de l'Orient
- Revue de la Faculté des Beaux-Arts et des Arts Appliqués
- Revue des Lettres et de Traduction
- Revue Juridique de l'USEK
- Revue Théologique de Kaslik
- حاليّات الاجتهاد
- مجلّة العربيّة للعلوم الاقتصاديّة والإداريّة