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Lebanese International University (LIU)

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Foundation

LIU is part of the Better Future Association (Al Ghad Al Afdal Association) that is chaired by Minister and former MP Abdul Rahim Mrad. The university is supervised by a Council of Secretaries constituting 21 members.


Sources : The Monthly, Information International SAL

The University was established in 2001 under the name of Beqa’a University in accordance with decree 5294 on April 9, 2001. The head quarter of the university was built in Al Khiyara village in west Beqa’a, covering an area of over 150 thousand square meters, including dorms for more than 500 students.

Later on, the university expanded with the inauguration of branches in Beirut and Saida. Its name was then changed from Beqa’a University to the Lebanese International University, in accordance with decree 14592 on June 14, 2005.

In 2006, the university created two new branches in Nabatieh and Tripoli, making the university present in five Lebanese provinces out of six. It encompasses six faculties: Education, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Management, and Pharmacy.

The University and its Educational System

LIU has adopted the American system of education based on credits and dividing the academic year into trimesters, of which two are mandatory and one is optional.

The university has registered increased attendance during the last two years. The number of students increased from accademic year 2002-2007 as indicated in Graph 1.

In addition, the university hosts more than 253 non-Lebanese students, particularly in its Beqa’a campus close to Syria.

Administrative and educational staff includes more than 400 employees, in which 124 work in the administration department and 322 are teachers.

The LIU Beirut, Beqa’a and Saida branches include at least one central library and one cafeteria, in addition to computer laboratories with internet access.

Characteristics

Average cost of a Bachelor degree in the five faculties as well as the American Freshman Program Table 1
Specialization Credit price (USD) Period required to get the BA No of credits required To get the BA Total cost (USD)
Faculty of Education 90 4 years 120 10,800
Faculty of Arts and Sciences 90 3 years 99 8,910
Faculty of Engineering 135 2 to 3 years 52 to 108 7020 to 14,580
Faculty of Management 105 3 years 99 10,395
Faculty of Pharmacy 180 5 to 6 179 to 209 32,220 to 37,620
Freshman 105 One year 30 3,150
Sources : The Monthly, Information International SAL - LIU Administration

The below are main characteristics of LIU:

  • It is less expensive than other universities in Lebanon that have adopted the American education system. Table 1 shows the average cost of a Bachelor degree in the five faculties as well as the American Freshman Program.
  • The student-teacher ratio is very high with 18:1 (one teacher for every eighteen students)
  • The university encompasses many centers, including the Computer and Languages Center, Tests and Evaluation Center, Research and Development Center, Information Technology Center, Strategic and Future Studies Center, Quality Control Center, Society Service Center, and Human Rights Center.
  • The university is member of the Arab Universities Union and the Islamic States Union.
  • The university has signed many cooperation and exchange agreements with Arab and western universities, which offer many opportunities for its students to continue their studies outside of Lebanon. Among these agreements are: a cooperation and exchange agreement with the University of Ohio in the United States, a cooperation agreement with the University of Missouri in the United States, the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) with the aim of installing a Geological Movements Measurement Center in Lebanon, “Al Akhawain” in the University of Morocco, and Kaunas University of Medicine established in 1919 in Lithuania.
  • The university offers financial aid for students that can reach up to 40% of the expense in some cases, such as for orphans. Financial aid for other students may reach 25% of the payment except for pharmacy students who cannot get more than 15%.
  • The university administration communicates with the students through modern technological means. In fact, the students can register online and the university even sends them SMSs to inform them about the latest news in case other means were not available.

The University Ambitions for Today and Tomorrow

The university founders and directors have fixed a series of objectives and ambitions, in which some were already achieved and others are still in the planning phase.

For instance, under the objective of establishing a branch in Beirut, the university established a campus in Al Msaytbeh region in Beirut, consisting of three buildings and a fourth one still under construction. The university administration bought the lands surrounding these buildings; however they are overcrowded with residential buildings. It also set up a plan of extension over the course of three years that aims to expand the campus and establish courts and green areas.

Furthermore, the university became authorized for launching a Faculty of Agriculture that was supposed to open its doors in 2005-2006 but did not due to not having a sufficient number of registered students.

Moreover, the LIU inaugurated a branch in the Yemen capital of Sana’a in 2006 in the framework of its extension plan towards the Arab states such as Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Syria.