A roundup of news stories about AUB from prestigious media outlets around the globe.
Lebanon’s crisis, pandemic hit American University in Beirut
June 23, 2020 – In an interview with The Associated Press, President Khuri discusses the painful decisions necessary to keep AUB afloat during the confluence of crises hitting Lebanon. Read More
US grants $20 million to support Lebanese university students
June 21, 2020 - The US State Department announces scholarship support for 1,800 students at AUB and LAU covering half their tuition through the MEPI Tomorrow’s Leaders program. Read More
No stranger to hardship, the American University of Beirut endures
June 16, 2020 - AUB President Fadlo R. Khuri writes to the The National
"one of the Middle East's most respected universities is suffering the fallout of the pandemic, but it will continue to lead, as it always has." Read More
The American University of Beirut deserves our aid
June 10, 2020 - In an opinion piece for
The Washington Post
, David Ignatius explains why Americans should support AUB as a bastion of liberal education, free inquiry, and democratic values.
A Beyrouth, l’université américaine, creuset des élites du Proche-Orient, est dans la tourmente
May 26, 2020 - France’s
reports on AUB’s long and respected history, its current financial difficulties, and what it will take to survive this crisis. (In French)
Why the American University of Beirut?
May 18, 2020 - Hazem Saghieh writes for
"When news broke that the American University of Beirut is struggling financially, the consciousness of many Lebanese took a shocking blow after their hopes had been dealt one..."
AUB’s saga of survival in the limelight as Lebanon battles financial, coronavirus crises
May 14, 2020 - Alumnus Eyad Abu Shakra writes about AUB’s history of transformative impact, from 1866 to the present day.
AUB president says liberal Arab thought at risk amid Lebanon’s coronavirus, financial crises
May 12, 2020 -
interviews President Khuri about overcoming financial challenges and the future of higher education.
Lebanon’s Economic Crisis Explodes, Threatening Decades of Prosperity
May 10, 2020 -
The New York Times
explores how Lebanon came to be facing the worst economic crisis in its history and what to expect next, including an interview with President Khuri. Read More
Prominent Beirut University Faces Fight of Its Life as Crises Hit
May 8, 2020 - Reuters reports on AUB’s battle to stay afloat in the midst of Lebanon’s economic meltdown, including an interview with President Khuri, who calls this “one of the biggest challenges in AUB's history.”
Lebanon's AUB faces staff cuts and department closures over budget crisis
May 6, 2020 - Describing AUB as “one of the most distinguished universities in the region,”
reports on how AUB is expecting to lose millions in revenue due to Lebanon’s financial crisis and the coronavirus pandemic, as well as its plan to weather this crisis.
Interview with AUB President Fadlo Khuri
May 7, 2020 - President Khuri talks with BBC Radio about the “concordance of calamities” that have devastated Lebanon’s economy and how the university and its community have to “save ourselves” in order to continue AUB’s mission of delivering world-class education, research, and healthcare.
Listen to interview below