The American University of Beirut (AUB; Arabic: الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت) is a secular, private, independent university in Beirut, Lebanon. It was founded as the Syrian Protestant College by American missionaries Daniel Bliss and Henry Harris Jessup in 1866. The name was changed to the American University of Beirut on November 18, 1920. The university is popularly known as AUB.
Today, the university is ranked among the 350 top universities in the world. Its medical school and engineering programs are considered to be the best in the Middle East and Africa and its life sciences and medicine are ranked among the top 200 in the world . Also, its Middle Eastern Studies program (CAMES) is considered to be one of the best in the world.
In the 2010 QS Global 200 Business Schools Report, AUB's Suliman S. Olayan School of Business was indexed as the 7th best business school in Africa and the Middle East.
The University is governed by a private, autonomous Board of Trustees and offers programs leading to the bachelor’s, master’s, MD, and PhD degrees. The current president is Peter Dorman.
Although AUB’s student body is primarily Lebanese, almost one-fifth of its students attended secondary school or university outside of Lebanon before coming to AUB. The language of instruction is English.