American University of Beirut
The American University of Beirut (AUB; ) is a private, independent university
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 in Beirut
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, Lebanon
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. It was founded as the Syrian Protestant College by American
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 missionaries in 1866. The name was changed to the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 1920.

The university is ranked among the top 300 universities in the world.

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.