Private University – Lebanon

08Feb08

A private university is a university that is run without the control of any government entity. Private universities are common in Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Chile, India, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Portugal, and the United States but do not exist in some countries.

Tuition fees at private universities tend to be much higher than at public universities. There are 19 private universities in Lebanon.[9]Among theses universities, two are internationally acknowledged, namely, the American University of Beirut and theLebanese American University.[10]

The languages of teaching in private universities are mainly French and English, while Arabic is widely used in religious universities and Armenian in the Armenian university.

The first university opened in Lebanon was the Syrian Protestant College in 1866 (Became the American University of Beirut in 1921). It was founded by Daniel Bliss a protestant missionary.

The second university opened in Lebanon was the, Université Saint-Joseph, founded by the Jesuits in 1875.

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