Al-Jami'a wa Insan al-Ghad
Translated by Anis Frayha and Fuad Sarruf
To celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the American University of Beirut in 1966, a series of lectures were given under the general title "The University and the Man of Tomorrow." It was the intention to present these lectures in such a way as to examine the subject of "the university" from different viewpoints. These seven papers relate the university to its international responsibilities, its role in developing nations, its philosophy of education, the significance of its research, and the great traditions of university education. The speakers looked back to the past in order to mediate upon the future and draw guidelines for future generations. The Arabic title is a translation of these lectures.
Arabic, 1967, 184 pages, cloth, $6.
The Liberal Arts and the Future of Higher Education in the Middle East
Edited by Elie Salem
A collection of papers presented at the American University of Beirut during a conference sponsored in 1977 by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on "The Liberal Arts: a Neglected Dimension of Middle East Development". Seventeen papers are presented under five general headings. Educational traditions are examined along with their political and economic backgrounds. However, the majority of the papers deal with the question of whether a technologically developing world really needs the liberal arts, and draw on case studies to display a renewed conviction of the importance of those studies traditionally included in a liberal arts program. A concluding review brings out four central themes in the discussions.
English, 1979, 189 pages, hardcover, $5.
The Role of the University in Extension Education
These are the proceedings of a colloquium held at the American University of Beirut in 1980. The papers presented discuss the problems faced by higher education in the Arab world, especially that of coping with an expanding number of students wishing to enter universities and colleges, and preparing adequately for rapidly changing conditions in the Arab world. Looked at from the right perspective, extension education can solve many problems and help many people learn skills that they cannot get elsewhere. The special importance of extension education in meeting some of the demands of modern Arab societies cannot be over stressed and is a new dimension bridging the gap between traditional universities and the technical/professional institutions.
English, 1982, 176 pages, cloth, $9.