Founded in 1988, the University of Balamand is a non-profit institution of higher education in Lebanon that draws on the values of tolerance, openness and inquiry. Rooted in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church tradition, the University believes that serious and sustained dialogue among people of different faiths and beliefs promotes intellectual, ethical and spiritual understanding. The University strongly believes in its role in enhancing Christian-Muslim dialogue. The core curricula provide the cultural background that authenticates the students in their respective cultures and introduces them to the values inherent in world cultures.
The University is dedicated to creating and communicating knowledge. It educates men and women to be successful in their chosen careers, active citizens in their societies, generous in their service to others and reflective lifelong learners. The University is committed to excellence in teaching, to rigorous research, and concern for the public good, within a context of inter-disciplinary openness and skills development. The University promotes interactive approaches to problem-based learning. The University is committed to nation building, environmental responsibility, and the social and economic development of Lebanon and the region by committing the expertise and supporting the initiatives of its faculty, students and staff.