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"Advances in medicine and agriculture have saved vastly more lives than have been lost in all the wars in history".

Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

Welcome to the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS) at the American University of Beirut. Established in 1952, FAFS has continuously educated a growing number of students using a learner-centered approach to meet the needs of a changing world. Over the years our School has addressed through teaching, research, and service, challenges facing rural societies and has tackled issues of global interest related to the food industry, the natural environment, and nutrition, all aiming at enhancing the health and wellbeing of society.

 FAFS is organized into three departments that offer outstanding undergraduate and many graduate programs in various disciplines. The departments of Agriculture, Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management, and Nutrition and Food Sciences currently offer six undergraduate degrees. These are in Agribusiness, Agriculture and Diploma of IngĂ©nieur Agricole, Food Science and Management, Landscape Architecture and Diploma of IngĂ©nieur Agricole, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Nutrition and Dietetics-Coordinated Program.

As for the graduate programs, FAFS offers Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, Food Technology, Irrigation, Nutrition, Plant Protection, Plant Science, Poultry Science, Rural Community Development, Food Security and Eco system Management.

At FAFS, we promote interdisciplinary educational programs and we encourage students to think holistically outside narrow disciplines and seek collaboration and partnership with other Faculties. This is evident in our interfaculty programs and in the collaborative research we conduct. We have two graduate interfaculty programs; the nutrition program leading to an M.Sc. degree in collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Health Sciences, and the ecosystem management program leading to an M.Sc. degree in collaboration with the Faculties of Engineering and Architecture, Medicine, Health Sciences, and Arts and Sciences.

Our campus is a green landmark situated in the center of Beirut, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and encompassing a rich history and legacy. The campus offers excellent facilities for teaching and research, including well-equipped classrooms, design studios, and laboratories. Hands-on experience is integral to all our programs, and we strive to connect our students to out-of-classroom activities that can truly prepare them for their working lives. FAFS has an additional facility, the Agricultural Research and Education Center (AREC) in the Beqa'a valley, where students enrolled in the agriculture science and Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management programs spend their residency requirements. The AREC campus is also used as an advanced Research and Development center serving Lebanon, the Middle East, and North Africa.

I encourage you to browse our Web Site for further information and details.

With Best Regards,

Nahla Hwalla
Professor and Dean
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Dean Nahla Hwalla
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