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The Al-Kafaàt University (AKU) (Arabic: جامعة الكفاءات) is a private, independent university established in Beirut, Lebanon. It was founded in 1999 by Al Kafaàt Foundation. The university is directed by an appointed Board of Trustees.
Al-Kafaàt Foundation set up the university in 1995.
In 1957, Mr. Nadim Shwayri, a Lebanese Orthodox Christian formed the non-profit organization, "Al-Kafaàt Foundation ". The goal of the Al-Kafaàt Foundation was to educate young children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds and to educate and rehabilitate children with disabilities.
In the mid-1970s, Mr. Nadim Shwayri put Al-Kafaàt under the guidance of an elected Board of Trustees.
In 1999, the Ministry of Higher Education issued a decree that Al Kafaàt was an Institution of Higher Education. Thus, Al Kafaàt Foundation started a college in Technology and another one in Education, covering around ten fields of study. Al-Kafaàt has a campus that spreads over 60,000 square meters of land in the pine area of Ain-Saadeh, located 10 kilometers away from the capital-city Beirut, and nine buildings consisting of 90 classrooms, 25 laboratories, 30 industrial workshops, 300 residential rooms and multipurpose halls and sports areas.
- Computer Science
- Banking and Finance
- Hotel Management
- Food Industries. Its faculty has included Chef Ramzi Choueiri, son of the founder. On 9 May 2010, Chef Ramzi and his students established a world record serving 5,173 kg (11,404 lb 8 oz) of falafel.
- Audio Visual (Cinema)
- Interior Design
- Advertising and Graphic Design
- Preschool and Elementary Education
- Special Education
- Gerontology and proximity care
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