Al-Kafaàt University

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Al-Kafaàt University (AKU)
جامعـــة الكفـــاءات
Type Private
Established 1995
President Fathi Oueida
Location Beirut, Lebanon
Website [1]

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[1] 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
  • Electronics
  • Mechanics
  • 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.[2]
  • Audio Visual (Cinema)
  • Interior Design
  • Advertising and Graphic Design
  • Preschool and Elementary Education
  • Special Education
  • Gerontology and proximity care


  1. ^ Chapter 5 of The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East, Neil MacFarquhar. New York: Public Affairs Books, 2009. ISBN 978-1-58648-635-8
  2. ^ "Largest serving of falafel". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 18 March 2012.

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