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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]

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
MottoTo strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield
PresidentJoseph G. Jabbra
ProvostGeorge E. Nasr
Administrative staff
310 full-time and 508 part-time faculty; 618 full-time and 179 part-time Staff (Summer 2017)[1]
Students8,493 (7,590 Undergraduate, 672 Graduate, 231 Doctoral-Professional) (Summer 2017)[1]
Beirut and Byblos
LanguageArabic & English



LAU has two campuses, one in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon and the other in the city of Byblos, located 35 kilometers north of Beirut.

The Byblos campus, inaugurated in 1991, hosts the nursing, medicine, engineering and pharmacy programs, while most of the other programs are offered in both campuses.

LAU's Beirut and Byblos campuses are respectively 2.54 hectares and 15.94 hectares wide. In both campuses, students have access to libraries, gymnasiums, residence halls, theaters, wireless internet, computer centers, laboratories, and academic support services.

On June 30, 2009, LAU acquired the LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital (LAUMC-RH).[14] LAUMC-RH offers medical services such as radiology and imaging, dialysis, endoscopy, dermatology, ophthalmology, IVF, and cardiology.[15] In 2013, LAU moved its New York City headquarters to mid-town Manhattan[5] and opened a new Executive Center in downtown Beirut.[6]

On April 2017, the LAU broke ground in its Byblos Campus on a new US$7 Million sports center, the "Antoun Nabil Sehnaoui - SGBL Athletics Center", donated by Lebanese banker and philanthropist Antoun Sehnaoui. The new center will feature a 8,500 square meter athletics center, a swimming pool, a multipurpose indoor court, outdoor football, basketball and tennis fields, as well as a gym and several other related amenities.[1]

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 New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Its business majors (as well its economics major) are some of the few accredited by the elite Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

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 RankingsEdit

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.

The university is ranked number 16 in the Arab region and 601 in the world in the 2018 QS World University Rankings.[12]

Student lifeEdit

Play ProductionsEdit

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.[13]

Varsity SportsEdit

Basketball, football, handball, volleyball, tennis, table tennis, swimming, and rugby teams participate in various local, regional and international collegiate tournaments.[14]

Student GovernanceEdit

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.[15]


LAU has one library in Beirut and two in Byblos, including a Health Sciences library. The New York Headquarters and Academic Center also has its own library.

The Riyad Nassar Library in Beirut has more than 480 000 print books and 11 000 e-Books. It also hosts special collections related to women's studies, education, Islamic art, and architecture, as well as children's books.[9]

Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW)Edit

In 1973, LAU established the Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW) with a mission to promote women's empowerment and gender equality in - and for - the Arab world.[16] The Institute works on five key areas: Education, Research, Development Projects, Outreach, and LAU Engagement.


Alumni chaptersEdit

LAU has over 40,000 alumni and 40 chapters around the world, including Beirut, Byblos, Detroit (USA), Dubai (UAE), London (UK), Montreal (Canada).[17]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b "Facts - About LAU" (PDF).
  2. ^ "LAU Endowment". Official LAU website. Copyright 2011, Lebanon. Retrieved March 10, 2012.
  3. ^ Charter and Accreditation LAU website 2014
  4. ^ "DEGREES CONFERRED" (PDF). FACT BOOK 2016–2017. Retrieved 2017-08-17.
  5. ^ "LAU - News - LAU inaugurates its Headquarters and Academic Center in New York".
  6. ^ "LAU - News - LAU unveils Executive Center at Solidere".
  7. ^ "Charter and Accreditation | About LAU". Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  8. ^ "LAU | Academics". Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  9. ^ a b "Facts - About LAU".
  10. ^ "LAU | Academics". Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  11. ^ "LAU | Academics". Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  12. ^ "University Rankings 2017". Top Universities.
  13. ^ "Communication".
  14. ^ "LAU - Student life - Athletics".
  15. ^ "LAU - Student life - Student Councils 2015-2016".
  16. ^ "The Institute for Women's Study in the Arab World".
  17. ^ "Lebanese American University". Archived from the original on 2014-07-08. Retrieved 2014-09-24.
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  20. ^ "Spotlight on Celebrity Alumnus Talal Jurdi".
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