I am delighted to welcome you to the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS) at the American University of Beirut. FAFS is a community of individuals whose journey began in 1952. FAFS has a strong commitment to and is very well-equipped to foster “Healthy Earth, Healthy Food, Healthy People”. This motto depicts our three main pillars, inspired by our region and its pressing needs: Food and Water Security, Resilient Environment, and Nutrition for Health. Through a rich history of innovation, impact, and response to societal challenges, we proudly established ourselves as a faculty of firsts: one that continuously strives to offer the disciplines that provide our students with the highest quality education and keen relevance to the world in which we live.
I am proud to be a FAFS alumnus, and it is my great privilege and honor to lead this faculty and help continue its impressive legacy for our community: locally, nationally, and regionally. FAFS promotes interdisciplinary educational programs that encourage our students to think holistically and beyond the walls of narrow disciplines. This is evidenced in our interfaculty programs and in the collaborative research we conduct.
FAFS is home to three departments that offer outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs in several disciplines, including the departments of Agriculture, of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management, and of Nutrition and Food Sciences. We house two multidisciplinary centers: the Environment and Sustainable Development Unit (ESDU) and the Advancing Research Enabling Communities Center (AREC). AREC is our unique 100-hectare experimental station located in the heart of the Beqaa Valley and offering unique scientific, educational, experiential, and social opportunities.
FAFS offers two graduate interfaculty programs: Public Health Nutrition is a master’s degree (M.Sc.) in collaboration with the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), and the Ecosystem Management program lead to a collaborative M.Sc. with the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA), and the Faculties of Medicine (FM), Health Sciences (FHS), and Arts and Sciences (FAS). In each of these, FAFS aspires to excellence and leadership in research and teaching by preparing the next generation of leaders and agents of societal change to address and achieve sustainable water, energy, food, and health: the major pressing challenges of our region and our world today. We take pride in preparing and graduating future leaders who will impact Lebanon and our entire region through the discovery of solutions to these global threats to resource securities.
It is my sincere hope that you will join us: become part of FAFS and contribute to our pride in our community. I invite you to explore the FAFS website to learn more about our programs and the collective academic achievements of FAFS faculty, students, and alumni.
With Best Regards,
Rabi H. Mohtar
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences