The American University of Beirut (AUB) is an institution of higher learning founded to provide excellence in education, to participate in the advancement of knowledge through research, and to serve the peoples of the Middle East and beyond. Chartered in New York State in 1863, the university bases its educational philosophy, standards, and practices on the American liberal arts model of higher education. The university believes deeply in and encourages freedom of thought and expression and seeks to foster tolerance and respect for diversity and dialogue. Graduates will be individuals committed to creative and critical thinking, life-long learning, personal integrity, civic responsibility, and leadership.
AUB aspires to be a unique global institution of higher education that stands out as a powerful role model, one which prepares ethical leaders for just, peaceful, resilient, and relevant societies. The university serves the peoples of the Middle East and beyond by sharing our common values of freedom of thought and expression, tolerance, honesty and respect for diversity and dialogue, and by providing opportunities for all of its community members, including those less fortunate. AUB strives to improve all aspects and stages of the human condition through teaching, service and research, and by preparing students as impactful and empowered citizens who play a transformative role in addressing the challenges that communities and individuals face at a global, regional, and local level.