Founded in 1866, the American University of Beirut is a teaching-centered research university based on the American liberal arts model of higher education. AUB has over 8,000 students and 800 faculty members. The University encourages freedom of thought and expression and seeks to graduate men and women committed to creative and critical thinking, lifelong learning, personal integrity, civic responsibility, and leadership.
AUB is accredited in the US by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and includes six faculties: Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Engineering and Architecture, Agricultural and Food Sciences, Health Sciences, and Business. AUB offers more than 130 programs leading to bachelor's, master's, MD, and PhD degrees. The main language of instruction is English.
Learn more about how you can join the American University of Beirut. AUB seeks applicants with a proven record of academic excellence, intellectual vitality, and civic responsibility. In accordance with its founding mission and its equal opportunity policy, the University admits students regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, or nationality.
The vibrant and dynamic research environment at AUB enhances the educational experience for all and serves the wider communities—local and global—by advancing knowledge in a wide range of disciplines.
Recognizing and honoring our responsibility for others has been an integral part of AUB’s mission since the earliest days. Today, AUB is at the forefront of addressing the most pressing concerns of this country, this region, and its people.
To ensure the University can continue to inspire current and future generations of smart and able students who can rise to this challenge, we are embarking on a transformative capital campaign, BOLDLY AUB: The Campaign to Lead, Innovate, and Serve.
Bassem Barhoumi is senior director of facilities at the American University of Beirut since 2007. He leads the operations of the Facilities Planning and Design Unit (FPDU), and the Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management unit (EHSRM).
He is an experienced professional civil engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the field of engineering and facilities management. He served as a civil engineer in the transportation department at Dar Al-Handasah, Shair and Partners, then at AUB holding the positions of civil engineer in the Physical Plant Department, project manager and senior project manager in FPDU, and director of FPDU. In addition, he was a design consultant for the Minister of Finance and for Mercy Corps.
Bassem played a major role in improving the campus through the design and construction works of the first and second AUB Master Plan, namely the Charles Hostler Student Center, the Olayan School of Business, the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, the Irani Oxy Engineering Complex, the Medical Center Administrative building, the renovation of Penrose Hall and Dar al Hanadasah Architecture building, the Asfari Institute building, and the Munib and Angela Masri building, among other projects.
Bassem holds a BS in civil engineering from the Beirut Arab University and a MS in Civil engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.
Over the years, he has acquired many trainings in developing executive leadership, FIDIC contracts, leadership and team building, project management, Primavera project planner, and green building and LEED.
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