We inhabit, lead, and embody a patch of fertile dissonance in the Middle East, ever since 152 years ago, when Presbyterian missionaries founded the American University of Beirut as the Syrian Protestant College
. Far more successful at disseminating a secular, liberal arts education than it had been in religious conversion, the university took advantage of Lebanon's liberal and diverse population to become a world leader in inclusive education.
But female enrolment in the university dates to 1905, when AUB, at the time called the Syrian Protestant College
, launched its nursing certificate program.
For instance, the Syrian Protestant College
and Saint Joseph's University were established for missionary purposes.
A certificate of incorporation was drafted on April 18, 1863, and on April 24 that year a charter for establishing the Syrian Protestant College
(SPC) was granted by the legislature of the State of New York.
who were Syrian Christians with ties to the Syrian Protestant College
"The Gospel of Science", the first chapter of the book, recounts the story of the spread of science journalism in the Arab world, especially through the influential journal Al-Muqtataf and the missionary zeal of its founders, Yaqub Sarruf and Faris Nimr, both "enterprising young Syrian Protestant College
instructors who dedicated themselves to campaigning for scientific advancement" (p.
Daniel Bliss, was the founder and first President of the Syrian Protestant College
. Opening its doors in 1866, the school specialized in leadership training designed to development Christian leaders among Beirut's Protestant community.
Muslims elsewhere in the empire joined their fellow Ottoman Christians in institutions like the Syrian Protestant College
(later the American University of Beirut) in substantial numbers.
By century's end, Americans in Arab lands had established 300 schools, among them the Syrian Protestant College
(now known as the American University in Beirut).
What we now call the American University of Beirut was established by the Presbyterians in 1866 under the name Syrian Protestant College
. The French Jesuits established Saint Joseph University in 1887.
From the founding of the American University of Beirut (originally known as the Syrian Protestant College
) in 1866, to the French Universite Saint-Joseph in 1875, to the Makassed Philanthropic Association in 1878, Lebanon as the state for knowledge was well-thought of and formed long before its official creation on Sept.
Today, the college that housed a freshman class of 16 students boasts a liberal arts college and research institution with nearly 8,000 students, almost perfectly divided between women and men, and more than 60,000 graduates in practically every country on earth." President Khuri addressed the question "How did the Syrian Protestant College
, the germ of which originated in a small seminary school in Abeih, endure to become the American University of Beirut?