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University of Balamand (UoB)

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University of Balamand
Koura P.O. Box 100 Tripoli
+961-6-930250 ext. 1460
+ 961-6-930278
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Public/Private Non-Profit Foundation
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General Information: 

The University of Balamand (UOB) is a private, non-profit, independent institution of higher learning founded in 1988 by His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV, Patriarch of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. The University consists of nine Faculties and six research centers. Current student enrollment is 3097. A Board of Trustees governs the University. The Board of Trustees elects the president of the University and, upon the recommendation of the president, appoints vice-presidents, deans, directors, and faculty members in the ranks of associate and full professors. The president, the vice presidents, and the deans, working as a University Council, manage the University by consensus. Similarly, each Faculty has its own council, thus involving faculty members in decision making. The resources of the budget are mainly the students’ fees and the endowment fund managed by the Board of Trustees. The budget is run through a process described by specific rules and regulations; the University finances are regularly audited by an external firm. The University cooperates extensively with leading universities in Lebanon and the world. UOB’s international relations are many, encompassing the university traditions of the Arab countries, Europe , the Americas , and Australia . UOB has also conducted cooperation agreements with several international institutions for higher education mainly in Europe.

Mission and Objectives: 

The University of Balamand is a private, non-profit, independent Lebanese institution of higher learning. It performs its mission through teaching, research, and service to the community. The University of Balamand grew out of its Eastern Orthodox tradition, a tradition open to the other, accepting the other, and working with the other in the promotion of the national and regional interests. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, nationality, or physical disability. The University of Balamand believes in responsible freedom, in the role of reason in discovering truth, in the promotion of higher standards of living, and in the deepening of human existence under God. The University is also committed to promoting Christian-Muslim understanding and to enhancing national and political unity in a society proud of its diversity and plurality.

Main Projects / Activities: 

Research is among the most important activities at UOB. It has 4 main targets: Encouraging and supporting both theoretical and applied research at UOB; Encouraging the focus of research activities towards areas that are of high interest for Lebanese society; Connecting UOB research activities with national and international research centers, and with major publishing houses; Evaluating and continuously improving the quality of research at UOB. In its academic planning, the Research Center has defined several research directions as of high priority for the University. Moreover, UOB has tailored four Special Programs designed to develop skills and competencies to meet the diverse needs of a variety of student groups, namely: The Freshman Program; The Special Orientation Program (SOP); The Continuing Education Program (CEP); The Service Experience Education through Doing (SEED) Program. Student life is organized around two streams: committees for participation in University life; and clubs.