Lebanese American University

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Coordinates: 33°53′34″N 35°28′40″E / 33.89278°N 35.47778°E / 33.89278; 35.47778

Lebanese American University
الجامعة اللبنانية الأميركية
Lebanese American University (logo).jpg
Former names
American Junior College for Women
Beirut College for Women.
Beirut University College (BUC) in 1973
Motto To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield
Type Private
Established 1924
President Joseph G. Jabbra
Provost George K. Najjar
Administrative staff
310 full-time and 508 part-time faculty; 618 full-time and 179 part-time Staff (Summer 2017)[1]
Students 8,493 (7,590 Undergraduate, 672 Graduate, 231 Doctoral-Professional) (Summer 2017)[1]
Location Beirut and Byblos, Lebanon[2]
Language Arabic & English
Website www.lau.edu.lb

The Lebanese American University (Arabic: الجامعة اللبنانية الأميركية‎) is a secular and private American university located in Lebanon. It is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (CIHE–NEASC).[3] It has two campuses and offers 64 degrees. [4]


LAU's two campuses, Beirut and Byblos, are approximatively 35 kilometers apart. Programs in nursing, medicine, engineering and pharmacy are offered exclusively in Byblos, while most other programs are offered on both locations.

The Beirut campus is 2.54 hectares and the Byblos campus is 15.94 hectares. The latter was inaugurated in 1991. Students have access to libraries, gymnasiums, residence halls, theaters, wireless internet, computer centers, laboratories, and academic support services.

In 2013, LAU moved its New York City headquarters to mid-town Manhattan[5] and opened a new Executive Center in downtown Beirut.[6]

Accreditations, Affiliations and Charters[7][edit]

The Lebanese American University is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. It is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (CIHE–NEASC).

Some of its programs are also accredited:

Accrediting Entity Programs
ABET BE in civil, computer, electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering
BS in computer science
CCNE BS in nursing
AACSB BS in business studies, economics, hospitality and tourism management
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA).

LAU’s Bachelor of Architecture degree is recognized by the French Ministry of Culture & Communication, and is in the process of being reviewed for accreditation by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Academics and Rankings[edit]

LAU has seven schools divided into several departments.[8]

  • School of Arts and Sciences: Communication Arts, Computer Science and Mathematics, Education, English, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences.[9]
  • School of Architecture and Design: Art and Design, Architecture and Interior Design, Foundation Program.
  • Adnan Kassar School of Business: Economics, Finance and Accounting, Hospitality Management and Marketing, Information Technology and Operations Management, Management Studies.[10]
  • School of Engineering: Civil, Electrical and Computer, Industrial and Mechanical.[11]
  • Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine.
  • Alice Ramez Chagoury School of Nursing.
  • School of Pharmacy.
University Rankings
QS World 2016[12] 601-650
QS Arab Region[13] 15

LAU Medical Center–Rizk Hospital[edit]

On June 30, 2009, LAU acquired the LAU Medical Center–Rizk Hospital (LAUMC–RH).[14] LAUMC–RH houses several centers, providing radiology and imaging, dialysis, endoscopy, dermatology, ophthalmology, IVF, and cardiology.[15]

Student life[edit]

Play Productions[edit]

The university has three theaters—Gulbenkian and Irwin in Beirut, and Selina Korban in Byblos. Student productions are required of certain majors, and are presented throughout the academic year. The university also offers two major productions, in the fall and spring, and an annual international theater festival that attracts groups from other Middle Eastern universities.[16]

Varsity Sports[edit]

Basketball, football, handball, volleyball, tennis, table tennis, swimming, and rugby teams participate in various local, regional and international collegiate tournaments.[17]

Student Governance[edit]

Students can participate in the decision-making process by voting and running in elections for the Campus Student Councils and the University Student Council, as well as the Graduate Student Committees.[18]


LAU has three libraries in Lebanon; one in each campus and a Health Sciences library. In addition, there is a fourth one in New York. The Riyad Nassar Library in Beirut houses a number of special collections relevant to women's studies, education, Islamic art, and architecture, as well as children's books in Lebanon. The library also owns a big collection of books. More than 480 000 print books and 11 000 e-Books.

Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW)[edit]

The Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW) was established in 1973. It is a leading institution in women's empowerment and gender equality in - and for - the Arab world. IWSAW's mission is to (1) Advance women's empowerment and gender equality nationally, regionally and globally, through research, education, development programs and outreach (2) Integrate gender issues across all programs of study at LAU to build a knowledge base that promotes gender equality and human rights in the Arab world (3) Conduct research on women in the Arab world to amplify Arab voices in global discourses on gender, and turn theory into practice by engaging in development projects to promote women's rights in the region. The Institute works on 5 key areas: Education, Research, Development Projects, Outreach, and LAU Engagement.


Alumni chapters[edit]

LAU has 40 chapters around the world, including Beirut, Byblos, Detroit (USA), Dubai (UAE), London (UK), Montreal (Canada).[19]

Notable alumni[edit]


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