The University of Balamand is a non-profit and independent institution of higher education. It was founded in 1988 by Patriarch Ignatius IV, Patriarch of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. Recognizing the noble values of tolerance, co-existence and mutual respect, Balamand welcomes students and faculties from all over the world. We prepare our students to think creatively and to interact constructively to be able to lead by example. The University offers 65 undergraduate and 54 graduate programs.
Students: More than 4,850 from Lebanon and 36 neighboring countries. The faculty to student ratio is 8.8%.
Branches: The main campus is located in Koura, north of Lebanon overlooking the Mediterranean. It occupies 454,000 square meters of a beautiful hillside with olive and oak trees. The plateau is dominated by the historic 12th century monastery of Balamand. The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) of the University of Balamand was founded in 1995 with the aim of contributing to the development of the health sector in Lebanon and the region. It was established in premises in Achrafieh, Beirut, facing the Saint George Hospital. The Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA) is located in Sin El-Fil, Beirut and taught in French.
New Branches under Construction: The University of Balamand and the Issam fares Foundation laid the cornerstone on 12/20/2008 of the Issam Fares Institute and Technology in Beino, Akkar. In addition, the Souk EL-Gharb Campus is a picturesque mountaintop location, nestled among the peaks of Mount Lebanon. The Souk El-Gharb leading programs are Arts and Social Sciences, Business and Management, Engineering, Health Sciences and Sciences. On the other hand, the seven-story Balamand hospital will cover an area of 24,000-square meters. The hospital will be situated at the top of the Balamand hill in Koura, north of Lebanon.