Known as a business crossroad, Beirut is also a cultural and educational capital. In fact, it houses several education and higher education establishments, including the Lebanese national university (founded in 1953) and 5 major private universities:
The American university of Beirut (AUB)
Situated in Ras Beirut, the university stretches over a forest that is rich in both fauna and flora. It was founded in 1866 as a higher education establishment and grew over the years to include faculties of medical sciences, pharmacy, business, engineering, agriculture, health, and human sciences.
St. Joseph University (USJ)
The St. Joseph University is the first Catholic higher education establishment in Lebanon. It was founded in 1875 by the Jesuit order in order to disseminate education in the region and train students to become professional cadres. The university is located on the Damascus road, and the campus grew gradually: it currently comprises 4 campuses in Beirut and a modern hospitalization center, the "Hotel Dieu de France" hospital, which was inaugurated in 1923.
The Higher Business School (ESA)
The school is housed inside a building that goes back to the 19th century and was built by the St. John order as a hospital. The school offers Lebanese students higher education similar to that of France.
Lebanese-American University (LAU)
The current Lebanese-American University became one in 1992 after being considered a higher education school that was named the Beirut University College. After that, the university started growing as higher education became a necessity.
The Arab University of Beirut (BAU)
Located in Beirut, the Arab University of Beirut, a private higher education institution, is a culture center that was founded in 1960 by the "al Birr wal Ihsan" society (the charity and compassion society). The university intends to serve Lebanon and the Arab nation by providing specialized higher education in several academic sectors.