American University of Beirut
To enhance education, primarily of the peoples of the Middle East, to serve society through its educational functions, and to participate in the advancement of knowledge. AUB bases its educational perspective and methods and its academic organization on the American model of higher education. The University emphasizes scholarship that enables students to think for themselves, stresses academic excellence, and promotes high expectations of principles of character. The University believes in and encourages freedom of thought and expression. It expects, however, that this freedom will be enjoyed in a spirit of integrity and with a full sense of responsibility.