American University of Beirut

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Read by Rayan Beydoun (2012)
Language: Arabic

AUBThis podcast is about the history of The American University of Beirut (AUB), which was my second choice university after Trinity. AUB has a very beautiful campus, and I actually spent 15 years in a school called International College that used to be a preparatory school to AUB, and it shares the same campus. Most of my friends study at AUB, and so whenever I am in Lebanon I spend my time there. I thought it would be an interesting article for Trinity students, as AUB is a great place to spend an exchange semester. Not only is it a top university, but it is located in the most vibrant part of the city of Beirut, and it's right by the sea!

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The American University of Beirut (AUB; Arabic: الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت‎) is a private, independent university in Beirut, Lebanon. It was founded as the Syrian Protestant College by American missionaries in 1866.[2] The name was changed to the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 1920. The university is ranked among the 350 top universities in the world. The University is governed by a private, autonomous Board of Trustees and offers programs leading to the bachelor’s, master’s, MD, and PhD degrees. The current president is Peter F. Dorman. Although AUB’s student body is primarily Lebanese, almost one-fifth of its students attended secondary school or university outside of Lebanon before coming to AUB. The language of instruction is English.
In 1862 American missionaries in Lebanon and Syria, under the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, asked Dr. Daniel Bliss to establish a college of higher learning that would include medical training. On April 24, 1863, while Dr. Daniel Bliss was raising money for the new college in the United States and England, the State of New York granted a charter for the Syrian Protestant College. The college, which was renamed the American University of Beirut in 1920, opened with a class of 16 students on December 3, 1866. Dr. Bliss served as its first president, from 1866 until 1902.

AUB alumni have had a broad and significant impact on the region and the world for many years. For example, 19 AUB alumni were delegates to the signing of the United Nations Charter in 1945 — more than any other university in the world. AUB graduates continue to serve in leadership positions as presidents of their countries, prime ministers, members of parliament, ambassadors, governors of central banks, presidents and deans of colleges and universities, businesspeople, engineers, doctors, teachers, and nurses. They work in governments, the private sector, and in nongovernmental organizations.

On March 21, 2008, the Board of Trustees selected Peter F. Dorman to be AUB's 15th president. He succeeded Dr. John Waterbury who was president of AUB from 1998 to 2008. Dr. Dorman is an international scholar in the field of Egyptology and formerly chaired the University of Chicago's Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.
As of June 2011, the total number of degrees and diplomas awarded totaled 82,032.

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