About USEK

Usek at a glance

Unique among universities in Lebanon, USEK was the first university to be established by Lebanese citizens, this case by the Lebanese Maronite Order (OLM) monks, who have been placing their values in education since the 7th century. The educational programs and research development we offer all our students are in line with the official requirements of the Lebanese state, the Constitutions of the OLM and the social teaching of the Catholic Church on universities, and, more recently, with the American-style education system and international accreditations to give our students wider prospects abroad as well as in Lebanon.

From the onset, the University has kept its momentum, expanding while remaining true to its all-inclusive and non-elitist Christian humanism, which runs through the teaching we deliver. Our real-world university education is grounded in our commitment to strong governance and management, learning and teaching assessment, student well-being, and support of our workforce based on the principles of valuing community, intellectual curiosity, tradition and innovation, and high performance.

A degree from USEK prepares our students for the challenges of the contemporary world. Our robust educational core includes programs in all the major fields of study and incorporates new vocational specializations aligned with the present labor market.

Our community is made up of diverse and talented students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The USEK sense of belonging comes from the strength of individual and team connections within the community based on the spiritual, civic, and ethical values of respecting others and their beliefs.

USEK’s motto: “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will lead you to the whole truth.” (Jn 16:13)

Mission
Since its founding, USEK seeks, and in accordance with the Article 92 of the Constitutions of the OLM (ed. 2012) and the social teaching of the Catholic Church on universities, to contribute to the development of all its students through quality educational programs and research in various fields of study.

By providing a high quality American-style education to its students, USEK intends to prepare future leaders for innovation, professional growth and life-long learning, in Lebanon, within the Middle East and throughout the world. USEK is committed to a faith-based educational development of its students rooted in the Catholic tradition whereby spiritual values and ethics as well as respect for cultural and religious pluralism are promoted.

Facts and figures
Important dates in USEK History:

1938
The OLM built the main building of what is today USEK (Building A) in which was centralized the teaching of theology, philosophy, letters and canon law. The institution was then a scholasticate.

1962
Following the enactment of the law of higher education in Lebanon, the scholasticate became the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik;

1997
Adoption of the North American credit system.

2000
Founding of three Regional University Centers in the North (Chekka), South (Rmeich) and Bekaa (Zahle).

2012
Getting the European Institutional Accreditation(renewal accomplished in 2017).

2016
Getting the ABET accreditation for nine Computing and Engineering programs.

2017
Getting the evalag accreditation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Programs.

2018
Getting the ABET Accreditation for two applied and natural sciences and the civil engineering programs.

2019
Implementing a new academic structure : Faculty of Arts and Sciences, School of Architecture and Design, Business School, School of Engineering, School of Law and Political Sciences, School Medicine and Medical Sciences, Pontifical School of Theology.

Academic Units Founding dates
Pontifical School of Theology 1950 Pontifical Faculty of Theology
2019 Pontifical School of Theology
School of Law and Political Sciences 1950 Canon Law
1988 Faculty of Law
2019 School of Law and Political Sciences
Higher Institute of Political and Administrative Sciences 2006 Affiliated to the School of Law and Political Sciences
Business School 1966 Faculty of Business and Commercial Sciences
2018 Business School
School of Architecture and Design 1974 Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
2019 School of Architecture and Design
School of Engineering 2000 Faculty of Sciences and Computer Engineering
2010 Faculty of Engineering
2019 School of Engineering
School of Medicine and Medical Sciences 2001
Higher Institute of Nursing Sciences 1999 Affiliated to the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Sciences 2019
Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities 1950
2019 merged with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Faculty of Letters 1950
2019 merged with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Music and Performing Arts 1970 Institute of Musicology
1993 Faculty of Music
2019 merged with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences 1988
2019 merged with the School of Engineering and the Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Sciences 2000 Faculty of Sciences and Computer Engineering
2010 Faculty of Sciences
2019 merged with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Faculty of Religious and Oriental Sciences 1969 Institute of Liturgy
2011 Faculty of Religious and Oriental Studies
2019 merged with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Institute of History & Archeology 1972 Institute of History (affiliated to the Faculty of Letters)
2019 merged with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Students

6253
students enrolled at USEK for the 2020-2021 Fall Semester:


  • Main Campus in Kaslik
    5924
    students
  • RUC of Chekka
    52
    students
  • RUC of Rmeich
    26
    students
  • RUC of Zahle
    251
    students
 

USEK hosted 1402 new students in Fall 2020:

Faculties-Institutes New Students Registered in Fall 2020-2021 Total of Students Registered in 2020-2021*
Business School 235 1142
Faculty of Arts and Sciences 374 1412
Pontifical School of Theology 56 229
School of Architecture and Design 253 1163
School of Engineering 150 848
School of Law and Political Sciences 140 553
School of Medicine and Medical Sciences 115
492
School of Music and Performing Arts 24
0
USEK Continuing Learning Center 33 42
Centers for Language, Music, Religious Studies and Theology 15
365
Free-Listeners 7
7
Total 1402 6253

* Numbers for the 2019-2020 Fall Semester

Graduates

1543
graduates for the 2019-2020 Academic Year
25155
graduates since the 2001-2002 Academic Year
 


International Relations

  • general agreements
    38
  • memberships in international organizations
    71
  • cooperation agreements with foreign higher education institutions
    124
 

Human Resources

692
Faculty Members out of which:

Full-time Faculty Members in Fall 2020
204
Part-time Faculty Members in Fall 2019
488


337
Administrative and Technical Staff

 


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