American University of Beirut

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American University of Beirut
motto That they may have life and have it more abundantly
founding 1866
Sponsorship Private
place Beirut , LebanonLebanonLebanon 
president Fadlo R. Khuri
Students 7,000
College Hall of the AUB

The American University of Beirut ( AUB ) is a non-denominational university in Beirut that is registered as a private US university in the state of New York , and thus enables its graduates to continue their studies in the USA. With around 7,000 students, the AUB is one of the most important universities in the Middle East today .


The campus has a size of around 250,000 square meters and is located in the Jamia district of the same name ( Arabic جامعة 'University'), which belongs to the Dar el-Mreisseh district. The campus is located on the Mediterranean Sea, only separated from the Corniche Beirut promenade by a street . The radio tower on the opposite side of the Corniche is also called the AUB Tower or University Tower . The university clinic, the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC), is located in the neighboring district of Ain el-Mreisseh.


AUB Tower, on Beirut's promenade, opposite the university

It was founded in 1866 in the then Ottoman Empire as a non-state university under the name "Syrian Protestant College" by Protestant missionaries from the USA , as the second US university outside North America after the Robert College founded in Constantinople in 1863 . Even before Lebanon's independence in 1943 , the Protestant theological faculty was split off in 1932 and now became the Near East School of Theology , one of the most important Protestant theological universities in the Arab world.


The university library includes the Nami Jafet Memorial Library , the Engineering and Architecture Library and the Science and Agriculture Library . The Agricultural Research and Education Center (AREC) on the Bekaa level is also connected with its library.

The inventory includes:

  • 587,778 individual volumes
  • 923 magazines, 244 of them in Arabic
  • 57,679 electronic journals
  • 1,139,340 individual items in a wide variety of formats, most of them as microfilm , mainly with content from regional, sometimes historical magazines and documents
  • 1,398 manuscripts of the “Archives and Special Collections”
  • 7,714 diploma and doctoral theses, going back to 1907
  • 3,940 posters
  • 1,902 cards
  • 46,418 historical photographs

Well-known professors and students

University sports ground with the Mediterranean Sea in the background

Web links

Commons : American University of Beirut  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Home - Academics - Libraries AUB ( Memento from February 10, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  2. About the AUB-Libraries ( Memento from February 25, 2016 in the Internet Archive )

Coordinates: 33 ° 54 ′ 4 "  N , 35 ° 28 ′ 52"  E