The unprecedented scale of destruction of the July 2006 War in Lebanon created a remarkable momentum to volunteer-for-relief among the AUB community and founded a calling that led to a university "Task Force for Reconstruction". After two years of decentralized and sporadic efforts, the Task Force realized the imperative of establishing the Center for Civic Enagement and Community Service (CCECS) in 2008, and to promulgate this concept within the university’s strategic plan.
Positioning AUB as a civic convener and responder to societal conflicts and challenges while realizing the potential of university students as change makers in local and global contexts.
Leveraging operational research, campus community, and socially responsive partnerships to tackle the most pressing societal challenges facing Lebanon, and beyond. This is reflected in four cross-cutting tenets:
- Community Action Program (CAP)
- General Education through Civic Engagement
- Community Development Projects (CDP)
- Refugees' Track