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History

The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS) was established in 1952 on AUB’s main campus in Beirut and was modeled on the US land-grant college system. It owns and operates a 100 hectare research and outreach center located 80 kilometers east of Beirut in the Beqa’a Valley known as the Agricultural Research and Education Center (AREC). FAFS has transformed its position from the land-grant model to a leading Faculty with the mission to enhance the nutritional health and wellbeing of the peoples of the Middle East by tackling issues of international focus and regional impact.

Researchers and students are involved in international collaborations that span the globe. Much of the region’s pioneering work in nutrition and dietetics, landscape, environment and natural resource management, and community and rural development has been conducted by FAFS faculty and students in fields and laboratories.

Its diverse strengths across the multiple disciplines make FAFS a regional center of excellence that integrates education, research, and outreach activities and develops leaders to address the global challenges of the 21st century.

Since it was founded, FAFS has graduated 5,241 students: 3,671 undergraduates and 1,570 graduate students. In addition to its 43.50 full time equivalent faculty members, FAFS leverages the expertise and assistance of a select group of national and international experts to manage an annual average of 35 research and development projects and service contracts.

FAFS’​ academic programs and curricula set the standard for colleges in Lebanon and many countries in the MENA region. The following achievements have rightfully established the FAFS as a faculty of firsts.

FAFS is the First to:

  • Introduce the dietetics profession in Lebanon and the region.
  • Publish the ‘Food Composition: Tables for Use in the Middle East’.
  • Offer interdisciplinary, graduate-level academic programs in food security in the MENA region – the MS and Diploma in Food Security.
  • Receive US accreditation for the Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program (NDCP) by ACEND in 2013.
  • Establish two nutrition-related Associated Research Units (ARU) under the support of the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research (LNCSR).
  • Develop and publish Food-Based dietary guidelines for the Lebanese population.
  • Have a WHO Collaborating Center (WHO CC) for Research, Teaching and Outreach in Food and Nutrition, the first WHO CC in the country.
  • Introduce Agribusiness major in the region.
  • Introduce  a US-styled landscape architecture program in the Arab region.
  • Adopt the Land Grant agriculture system of education in the MENA region.
  • Introduce a Food Science & Management program in the MENA region.

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