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Stafford was formed in 1993, in the UAE, with the sole intention of providing distance education assistance to the business professionals in the Middle East to achieve good quality internationally recognised qualifications that would mark them as serious managers and advance their careers.Starting with 7 students in 1993 over a decade later we are involved with an average of 1000 students a year availing distance education. All are serious minded busy managers proving … [+] to the world that they mean to succeed.Stafford is entirely focussed on assisting full-time professionals in business with quality distance learning to accelerate their careers through independent study.Stafford works throughout the Middle East and Levant region offering distance learning Executive MBA’s, Doctorates, BA’s, diplomas and more.We pride ourselves on our commitment to the academic and business success of our students, our excellent relationships with our UK universities, our integrity and the high quality of our academic and administrative support staff. Over the years, we have watched many of our students climb the corporate ladder and reach the pinnacle with their added knowledge through the distance learning MBA and other courses like doctorate and masters. As a result of Distance learning MBA, students have successfully opened their own businesses, or gone on to become directors of multinational companies. Some have totally changed their career paths and have gained the satisfaction of knowing they are in their true element after years in less rewarding work.And now with over 2000 graduated professionals as friends, we aim to carry our distance learning mission forward to the next generation of students. Our pride in our students is doubled every time we attend their Graduation ceremonies at the University itself.
Mission Statement The American University of Beirut (AUB) is an institution of higher learning founded to provide excellence in education, to participate in the advancement of knowledge through research, and to serve the peoples of the Middle East and beyond. Chartered in New York State in 1863, the university bases its educational philosophy, standards, and practices on the American liberal arts model of higher education. The university believes deeply in and encourages… [+] freedom of thought and expression and seeks to foster tolerance and respect for diversity and dialogue. Graduates will be individuals committed to creative and critical thinking, life-long learning, personal integrity, civic responsibility, and leadership. History In 1862, American missionaries in Lebanon and Syria, under the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, asked Dr. Daniel Bliss to withdraw from the evangelistic work of the mission in Lebanon to found a college of higher learning that would include medical training. It was felt that this college should have an American educational character, should be administered independently from the Mission, and should be maintained by its own funds. Dr. Bliss travelled to the United States in the summer of 1862 to solicit funds for this new enterprise. By August 1864 he had raised $100,000, but because of inflation during the Civil War it was decided that he should raise a sterling fund in England to start the operations of the college, leaving the dollar fund to appreciate. After collecting 4,000 in England, he travelled to Beirut in March 1866. On April 24, 1863, while Dr. Bliss was raising money for the new school, the State of New York, granted a charter under the name of the Syrian Protestant College. The college opened with its first class of 16 students on December 3, 1866. The cornerstone of College Hall, the first building on the present campus in Ras Beirut, was laid on December 7, 1871, by the Honorable William E. Dodge, Sr., then Treasurer of the Board of Trustees. At this ceremony President Daniel Bliss expressed the guiding principle of the college in these words: This college is for all conditions and classes of men without regard to color, nationality, race or religion. A man, white, black, or yellow, Christian, Jew, Mohammedan or heathen, may enter and enjoy all the advantages of this institution for three, four or eight years; and go out believing in one God, in many gods, or in no God. But it will be impossible for anyone to continue with us long without knowing what we believe to be the truth and our reasons for that belief. College Hall and the first medical building were completed and put to use in 1873, and the bell in the tower of College Hall pealed for the first time in March, 1874. However, College Hall was extensively damaged by a savage explosion in the early morning of November 8, 1991, and the building had to be demolished. It was later rebuilt, and the new College Hall was inaugurated in the spring of 1999. Since the earliest years, the University has continually expanded and developed new faculties and programs. In 1867, the University started the School of Medicine. Four years later, in 1871, both school of pharmacy and a preparatory school were added. The latter became independent in 1960 and is currently known as International College. In 1900, the University established a school of commerce which was later incorporated into the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (which was established in 1866). When the hospital (currently the American University of Beirut Medical Center) opened in 1905, a school of nursing - now the Rafic Hariri School of Nursing - was also established. In 1910, the University opened a school of dentistry, which operated for thirty years. In the early years of the 1950s several program expansions took place. The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture was established in 1951; the Faculty of Agriculture - now the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences - opened its doors in 1952; and the School of Public Health - now the Faculty of Health Sciences - was started in 1954. The University established in 2000 an independent school of business (later named the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business) as the sixth Faculty of the University. On November 18, 1920, the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York changed the name of the institution from the Syrian Protestant College to the American University of Beirut; other charter amendments expanded the functions of the University. All presidents of the University have been in residence at Marquand House, which was completed in 1879. At the end of June 2011, the number of degrees and diplomas awarded since June 1870 totaled 82,032. Facts and Figures Faculties and Programs Over 120 undergraduate/graduate programs in: Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Faculty of Arts and Sciences Suliman S. Olayan School of Business Faculty of Engineering and Architecture Faculty of Health Sciences Faculty of Medicine/Rafic Hariri School of Nursing Division of University Interdisciplinary Programs The Office of the Vice President for Regional External Programs (REP) Founded in 1976, REP has championed entrepreneurial ideas and initiatives. As the consulting arm of AUB, REP provides technical assistance to governments, international organizations, foundations, non-profit associations, businesses, and industry in the following areas: Agricultural and Food Sciences Arts and Sciences Business Management Continuing Education Engineering and Architecture Higher Education Journalism Management Consulting Medical and Health Sciences Enrolment Male: 51 percent Female: 49 percent Scholarship Aid Recipients: 80 percent Countries Represented: 80 (2, 000 international) Undergraduate: 6,750 Graduate: 1,629
ESA Presentation Established in 1996 following an intergovernmental agreement between France and Lebanon, ESA is a Business School dedicated to the education of executives and managers in Lebanon and the Middle East and managed by the Paris Ile-de-France Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry. With its mission to form the elite of Lebanon and the region into the leaders of tomorrow, ESA has become a beacon of academic excellence within Lebanon, and a platform for… [+] interaction and meetings between Europe, the Middle East and Lebanon. Paying keen attention to businesses and their needs, ESA assists them in developing their visions, and helps them better achieve their objectives by training and coaching their executives and managers. Situated in the center of Beirut, and at the heart of the Middle East, ESA asserts its reach as an important international school, combining the talents of high-level learners and professors who rank among the world’s most preeminent specialists. The Strengths of ESA Programs and courses made to measure, to train executives and managers, in accordance with the needs of the international workplace. A faculty composed exclusively of professors drawn from the best business schools in Europe, particularly from ESCP Europe and HEC Paris. Two international certifications, to validate each academic path: the ESA Degree and the Degree from its prestigious partner school. Flexible schedules, allowing for both training and professional lives to be combined. An influential international network, accessible by joining the ESA Alumni Association, which is linked to and a key associate of the ESCP Alumni Association. An advantageous place for business encounters, ESA organizes regular seminars and panel conferences with international speakers. Academic Partners Since its inception, ESA has maintained a solid network composed of some of the finest Business Schools, notably ESCP Europe and HEC Paris. These partnerships allow our students to benefit from an international faculty of academic excellence, and obtain two certifications for each international degree curriculum: ESA Degree, and the Degree from our partner organization.
The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) is a private Catholic higher education institution founded by the Lebanese Maronite Order (LMO) in 1938. It is, thus, the first university which was established upon a Lebanese initiative and by Lebanese citizens (in this case by the LMO monks). From that moment, these monks, who had been entrusted with a teaching mission for more than three centuries, have undertaken the management of USEK. Their remit was to provide university… [+] teaching, in conformity with the requirements of the labor market and in close association with scientific research. Being a national institution, USEK has brought its teachings and curricula into line with the official requirements of the Lebanese state, which acknowledges the diplomas it delivers. Furthermore, USEK remains careful in achieving synthesis of tradition and modernism in the educational options it offers, while remaining true to a Christian humanism, which is imprinted on the overall education it provides. Located in a Middle Eastern milieu, in addition to its educational mission, USEK is committed to the preservation and promotion of the Maronite cultural heritage and the creation of a community spirit, in which the spiritual, civic and ethical values of respecting the other and their beliefs prevail. Due to the pressure to democratize higher education, the university is deploying necessary efforts to fight exclusion and abide by a non-elitist policy, albeit without making any concessions with regard to the quality of education. The establishment of decentralized regional centers (in Zahle, Chekka and Rmeich) thus springs out of the wish to implement the right to higher education. USEK has adapted well in light of soaring socioeconomic development and has created new vocational specializations, in order to diversify its education and meet the needs of the labor market. Its objectives also include the installation of welcoming and service-oriented infrastructures which rely on new information and communication technologies. USEK is concerned with the modernization of administrative procedures and academic systems, and also with providing continuous training. USEK is located in the heart of Mount Lebanon; it is multilingual by tradition, and mainly a French-speaking institution. Thanks to an extremely dense network of national and international relations, it plays a key role in training highly-qualified researchers and professionals. Nowadays, USEK welcomes more than 7,500 students across its eleven faculties and four institutes; i.e. fifteen academic units which offer a broad array of high-level diversified education. USEK’s motto: “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will lead you to the whole truth.” (Jn 16:13) Mission Since its founding, USEK seeks, and in accordance with the Article 92 of the Constitutions of the OLM (ed. 2012) and the social teaching of the Catholic Church on universities, to contribute to the development of all its students through quality educational programs and research in various fields of study. By providing a high quality American-style education to its students, USEK intends to prepare future leaders for innovation, professional growth and life-long learning, in Lebanon, within the Middle East and throughout the world. USEK is committed to a faith-based educational development of its students rooted in the Catholic tradition whereby spiritual values and ethics as well as respect for cultural and religious pluralism are promoted. Why Choose USEK? The diplomas delivered by USEK are officially authenticated by the Lebanese state. Curricula are developed in such a way as to prepare future graduates to enter the labour market, by combining theoretical courses with practical work (lab work, traineeships, research projects and multidisciplinary team creation projects, etc.), in addition to providing the basic general knowledge needed to equip graduates within vocational circles and within society. A wide choice of hi-tech trainings and specialisations, which are adapted to the labour market needs and to the community’s requirements, are offered to the students enrolled in USEK’s ten faculties and four institutes. Studies in USEK are based on the modular system of units which are accounted for on a half-year basis, or “credits”. By adopting this system, the University is complying with the regulations stipulated by the Lebanese state and with the provisions that were recently adopted in European universities, while also remaining compatible with the system in force in US and Canadian universities. In addition, the adoption of such a structure enables students to enjoy flexibility on all levels for the academic and financial management of the prospective degree courses. It also enables : Promotion of students’ mobility in Lebanon and abroad: Credits can be accumulated and transferred from one university to another. Personalisation of the students’ training: The academic course of each student is adapted to his(her) personal and vocational project. Flexible Organisation of the semester: Students are allowed the freedom to choose the number of credits (while abiding by the minimum and maximum numbers set by the University) and the courses taken during the semester (out of a group of courses that are required for a given curriculum), thus enabling them to ameliorate the manner in which they set their schedule. Development of close pedagogical support: The follow-up and support provided by the teachers is reinforced by the fact that, thank to this system, education is centred on the students. Offer of a diversified courses to students: This system promotes a multidisciplinary approach, as well as exchanges within and among disciplines. Facilitation reorientation: Thanks to the establishment of links among the various education courses that are proposed, students can easily change their curriculum without losing all their achievements. USEK has always been interested in research activities, as proven by the international magazines published by the University (Melto, Parole de l’Orient), the annals and proceedings of high-level conferences and seminars held at USEK, in addition to the numerous publications, which are the result of individual or collective research works and which – by and large – pertain to a broad theme of diversification, namely that of the Lebanese and Near-Eastern heritage (musical, theological, liturgical, literary, legal, historic, architectural, technical, scientific, etc.). In this context, exchanges within and among disciplines are promoted, thus establishing links among USEK’s faculties and institutes, in order to achieve better collaboration. Moreover, the University has access to much resource equipment, earmarked for research activities and which is put at the disposal of teachers/researchers and students. Due to its youth, USEK is asserting itself as a source of dynamism and vitality, as proven by its continuous expansion, its modern buildings and its computerization. The new information and communication technologies, which have become first-class learning tools, are wholly embedded in USEK and used in all disciplines. All lecture halls are connected to the Internet and USEK’s intranet, and many are equipped with an innovative multimedia system. Faculties and institutes are also equipped with several hi-tech laboratories. For instance, the Market Hall, which is located within the Faculty of Business and Commercial Sciences, is one of the most important among Arab universities, in terms of surface area and equipment. This hall, which receives a real-life financial data feed, is linked to the information and analysis of the Reuters financial information agency, and encompasses 20 operational computers. Hence, the students are provided with professional equipment similar to the one used in the Trading departments of major international banks. Due to its history, its geographical location, its dynamism and its reputation in the fields of education and training, Lebanon attracts a high number of students, mainly from the Middle East, but also from Europe and North America. The teaching body also reflecting this cultural diversity, which characterizes USEK, is a source of enrichment and generates a convivial ambiance. USEK’s international dimension is also revealed through several projects, seminars and other cultural activities, which USEK is committed to, in partnership with foreign higher education institutions. These exchanges and joint works are the fruit of 81 cooperation conventions signed between USEK and foreign institutions. Thanks to these agreements, students enrolled at USEK are able to conduct their researches within the framework of a joint direction or supervision. Furthermore, the students may benefit from the option of undergoing training for one or two semesters in one of the partner universities. Finally, USEK proposes several specialisations in which the student is awarded a dual diploma (i.e. the diploma delivered is signed both by USEK and by the partner university). Community life at USEK is about human proximity relations among the students, the teachers and the administrative staff, in a climate of reciprocal respect and responsible freedom. The University is characterised by a genuine spirit of solidarity and support, thanks to which, solid bonds of friendship are formed. Having grown accustomed to the complexity and requirements of higher education, USEK is therefore striving to recruit teachers who have high qualifications in their field of specialisation, as well as the wish to be ethically committed within the service of young students. USEK’s main campus is located in Jounieh, which borders the bay bearing the same name, along the Eastern coast of the Mediterranean. Jounieh is a cosmopolitan city, which has a radiant history, archaeology, natural beauty, leisure and sports activities and numerous amusement centres. The University’s premises combine tradition with modernism, and offer an agreeable and calm environment which favors thinking and studying. USEK cultivates a strong feeling of belonging among its students, thanks to its welcoming student life and the multiple services it offers them. Hence, outside the framework of courses, student life in USEK takes several shapes and offers new occasions to develop new competences and knowledge and build a large network of contacts: a student magazine, social associations and clubs, pastoral work, cultural trips, student parties, etc. Since the University is keen on emphasizing the culture of the body as well as that of the mind, it also offers students a broad choice of sports activities. The program includes: basketball, volleyball, football, tennis, table tennis, oriental dance, yoga, ski, etc. In addition, USEK has several sports teams, which take part regularly in competitions among universities, as well as in national and international championships. As higher education became widespread and the socioeconomic crisis in the country grew harsher, USEK has set the following objectives for itself: Make higher education accessible to all equally, without discrimination and, most importantly, without excluding economically deprived students; Preserve the quality of its students’ education and training, so as to enable them to better live in society and in their vocational sphere. USEK is keen on keeping its fees affordable, and provides its most destitute students with financial aid and payment facilities. Scholarships are also allotted to the most deserving students. Several offices and services have been put at the students’ disposal, in order to provide them with support, a listening ear, counsel and orientation. These include: The Social Service Office, the University Pastoral Work, the Students’ Affairs Office, the Orientation and Admission Office, the Infirmary, etc. USEK’s main campus is located in Jounieh, 15 km to the north of the Lebanese capital Beirut, 10 km to the south of Byblos (Jbeil) and 50 km to the south of Tripoli. It can be easily and rapidly accessed using public transportation . Furthermore, its three regional university centres, which are located further inland (in Zahlé, Chekka and Rmeich) are teaching outposts for the students who are unable to go to the central campus.
The Lebanese International University (LIU) was first founded as the Bekaa University under Presidential Decree No. 5294 in April 2001, with its first two campuses in Al-Khyara, in the western Bekaa valley and the capital Beirut. The name was later changed to the Lebanese International University (LIU), for the founders had a vision of making the university a true national university with a presence in all six administrative district which so comprise Lebanon. As career-oriented… [+] institution with the mission of creating access to higher education for first generation students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to join the professional workforce. With a commitment to democratize higher education and empowerment, the university since 2003 and until 2013 established seven additional campuses in: Saida, Nabatieh, Tripoli, Mount Lebanon, Tyre, Rayak, and Halba-Akkar. At LIU, you will find a very friendly and welcoming environment as to which you can complete your goals and excel in society. You can also benefit from the health care service at the university along with career guidance, academic advising, and so much more. LIU's beautiful campuses draw students from more than 50 countries. As well, having a great exchange program with universities ranging from Germany to the United States of America for students to meet any standards they are wishing to pursue. Academic Excellence LIU provides a well-established post-secondary education to over 20,000 full-time and part-time students in the undergraduate and graduate levels nationally and internationally. It focuses on providing an internationally renowned education to all its students who can continue their education while working. LIU offers 6 degree programs with over 50 majors, concentrations and specialization to choose from including the freshman program. On campus, you will be able to find many opportunities to utilize your new found ambitions at the library, laboratories, and cafeterias, and will be able to form new friendships along the way. LIU has active clubs and associations to provide you with the change to meet new people with the same likes and interests. The mission of the Lebanese International University is to provide accessible and affordable higher education in excellence and quality of first order. LIU will drive its students to be responsible citizens and life-long self-actuated learners. LIU will empower students to develop awareness and engage in cultural and environmental sustainability through maximized resources. LIU disseminates diverse learning experiences and skills in an environment that e-enable the dynamic interplay of teaching and research. LIU endeavours to align its values and commitments to student support and communication, and continually review curricula for innovative outcomes.