American University of Beirut

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MottoThat they may have life and have it more abundantly.
Prestigious US-run university in Lebanon

The American University of Beirut (AUB) (الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت)[1] is a private, non-sectarian, and independent university chartered in New York with its campus in Beirut, Lebanon.[2] AUB is governed by a private, autonomous Board of Trustees and offers programs leading to bachelor's, master's, MD and PhD degrees.

AUB has an operating budget of $423 million[3] with an endowment of approximately $768 million.[4] The campus is composed of 64 buildings, including the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC, formerly known as AUH – American University Hospital)[5] (420 beds), four libraries, three museums and seven dormitories. Almost one-fifth of AUB's students attended secondary school or university outside Lebanon before coming to AUB. AUB graduates reside in more than 120 countries worldwide. The language of instruction is English. Degrees awarded at the university are officially registered with the New York Board of Regents.

Notable alumni

AUB has 64,417 living alumni. They reside in more than 115 countries.[6]

AUB's “notable alumni” include the twenty AUB graduates or former students who were delegates to the signing of the United Nations Charter in San Francisco in 1945.[7] They are listed below:

  • Angela Jurdak Khoury (BA 1937, MA 1938), member of the Lebanon delegation
  • Jamil M. Baroody (BA 1926), member of the Saudi Arabia delegation
  • Abdul Majid Abbas (former student 1934), member of the Iraq delegation
  • Ahmad Abdul Jabbar (BA 1943), member of the Saudi Arabia delegation
  • Mohammad Ibrahim Adham (former student 1939), member of the Iraq delegation
  • Naim Al-Antaki (former student 1924), member of the Syria delegation
  • Darwish Al-Haidari (former student 1927), member of the Iraq delegation
  • Fares Al-Khouri (BA 1897), member of the Syria delegation
  • Nazem Al-Koudsi (former student 1920), member of the Syria delegation
  • Abdul Jabbar Chalabi (former student 1926), member of the Iraq delegation
  • Ghassem Ghani (MD 1919), member of the Iran delegation
  • Salih Mahdi Haidar (former student 1933) member of the Iraq delegation
  • Raja D. Hawrani (former student 1925), member of the Syria delegation
  • Toufik Huneidi (former student 1940), member of the Syria delegation
  • Fadhel Jamali (BA 1927), member of the Iraq delegation
  • Hashim Jawad (BA 1932), member of the Iraq delegation
  • Majid Khadduri (BA 1932), member of the Iraq delegation
  • Sobhi Mahmassani (former student 1924), member of the Lebanon delegation
  • Charles Habib Malik (BA 1927), member of the Lebanon delegation
  • Farid Zeineddine (BA 1925), member of the Syria delegation

During its 150th celebration in 2016, the University identified a number of “History Makers” – men and women who have distinguished themselves in the areas of Leading, Innovating, and Serving by their accomplishments as scholars, politicians, artists, and in many other fields as well.[8] Excluded from consideration were current trustees, faculty, staff, and students as well as living Arab politicians. Many of these History Makers are also AUB alumni. These “notable alumni,” which included some of the people who attended the San Francisco conference in 1945, are listed below:

  • Angela Jurdak Khoury (1915-2011), BA 1937, AUB, MA 1938, Lebanese diplomat;
  • Edma Abouchdid (1909–1992), physician and first Lebanese woman to complete a doctorate of medicine[9]
  • Reem Acra, BBA 1982, fashion designer;
  • Yusuf Aftimus (1866-1952), BA 1885, civil engineer and architect;
  • Mary Ajami, (1988-1965) Journalist
  • Ghada Al-Samman, MA Theater 1965, writer;
  • Ismail al-Azhari (1900-1969), BS Mathematics 1930, prime minister (1954–56) and president (1965-69) of Sudan;
  • Gebran Bassil (MS 1993), Leader of the Free Patriotic Movement
  • Ayah Bdeir, BE Computer and Communications Engineering 2004, founder and CEO of littleBits;
  • Lamia Moubayed Bissat (1988-1990), MS Agricultural Economics, civil servant, President of Institut des Finances Basil Fuleihan;
  • Emile Bustani (1907-1963), BS 1929, MA 1932, member of the Lebanese Parliament;
  • Huguette Caland, Former Student (1964-1968), painter and sculptor;
  • Wadad Makdisi Cortas (1909-1979), BA 1930, principal of Ahliah School for Girls;
  • Samih Darwazah (1930-2015), BSc Pharmacy 1954, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters 2014, founder of Hikma Pharmaceuticals;
  • Mohammed Dajani Daoudi (born 1946), Palestinian professor and peace activist
  • Ali Ghandour, Former Student (1950), former CEO of Royal Jordanian Airlines;
  • Ashraf Ghani (BA 1973, MA Political Studies 1977), president of Afghanistan;
  • Habib Haddad, BE Computer and Communications Engineering 2002, entrepreneur and investor;
  • Zaha Hadid (1950-2016), Former Student (1968-1969), Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters 2006, architect;
  • George Hatem (1910-1988), MD 1931, known as Ma Haide, doctor and public health official;
  • Khalil Hawi (1919-1982), BA Teaching of Arabic 1951, MA Teaching of Arabic 1955, poet;
  • Habib Hazim (1920-2012), BA 1945, Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch and All The East (1979-2012);
  • Philip Khuri Hitti (1886-1978), BA 1908, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters 1969, historian;
  • Ray R. Irani, BS Chemistry 1953, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters 2013, former chairman and chief executive of Occidental Petroleum Corporation;
  • Malcolm H. Kerr (1931-1984), MA Middle East Area Program 1955, former AUB president, scholar of Middle East and Arab history;
  • Faris El Khoury (1877-1962), BA 1897, prime minister (1944–45, 1954–55), and speaker of Parliament of Syria;
  • Said Khoury (1923-2014), Former Student 1940–42, 1943–44, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters 2006, entrepreneur and philanthropist;
  • Fuad Khuri (1935-2003), Lebanese anthropologist, writer, and professor of anthropology at AUB;
  • Sami Makarem (1931-2012), BA Literature and Philosophy 1954, MA Arabic Literature 1957, Lebanese scholar;
  • Clovis Maksoud (1926-2016), BA 1948, diplomat and journalist;
  • Charles Malik (1906-1987), BA Mathematics and Physics 1927, scholar;
  • Anissa Rawdah Najjar (1913-2016), BA Sociology 1936, women's and human rights activist;
  • Emily Nasrallah, BA Education 1958, writer and women's rights activist;
  • Salwa Nassar (1912-1967), BA 1935, nuclear physicist;
  • Zaki Nassif (1918-2004), Former Student 1936–41, composer and singer;
  • Hassib Sabbagh (1920-2010), BA General 1941, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters 2003, entrepreneur and philanthropist;
  • Saeb Salam (1905-2000), Lebanese politician;
  • Riad Salameh, BS Economics 1973, Lebanese banker;
  • Ali Akbar Salehi, BS Physics 1971, Iranian diplomat;
  • Kamal Salibi (1929-2011), BA History 1949, historian;
  • Raja Shehadeh, BA English Literature 1973, writer and lawyer;
  • Ghassan Tueni (1926-2012), BA 1945, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters 2005, Lebanese journalist, politician, and statesman;
  • Constantine K. Zurayk (1909-2000), BA History 1928, historian;


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