History | Antonine University

At a Glance


Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” As we look back at our history, from dates, places, events, and people who crossed our road proves his saying. Our history shaped us and made us what we are today.

For some, when you say history, all they can think of is meaningless past events and ancient civilizations, but not to us. We are proud of our history that formed heartwarming memories and a fascinating story. And we are certain that it had both personal and cultural significance on our present.

Picture it, as a puzzle, all those random pieces, once put together will eventually shape a complete image. You think we are exaggerating, well, ask yourself those simple questions: Why are you here and what events led you exactly here?

While you remember the steps that got you here, let us tell you about our history, which made us what we are today.

1961: A Small Step in the Right Direction.

Have you ever heard “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a simple step?” That is our journey, and it started with the inauguration of the Faculty of Civil Law in the Hadat–Baabda Campus.

1975: We Build on the Past.

Another event that proves that history makes us! 1975, marks the founding of the Antonine Sports Club, which serves as the base of the current Faculty of Sport Sciences.

1979: With Partnerships, We Progress.

Following agreements with several Belgian universities, including the University of Liège, the Free University of Brussels, and the Catholic University of Louvain, Lebanese students begin their studies at the Antonine Fathers before concluding them in Belgium, thus obtaining official Belgian diplomas.

1981: The First Sonata.

Because without music, a journey would become dull. To fill the world with harmonies and melodies, we founded the School of Music, which serves as a base for the current Faculty of Music and Musicology.

1984: Hand in Hand.

1984 marks the beginning of the collaboration with the Lebanese government in the field of medical studies for the benefit of the Lebanese University on the Hadat–Baabda Campus.

1986: Paving the Way.

Foundation of the first Technical Institute of Dental Prosthesis in Lebanon. The Institute has grown over time to become the Department of Dental Laboratory Technology, as part of the Faculty of Public Health.

1994: A Divine Knowledge.

Foundation of the Antonine Superior Institute for Religious Formation (ISAFOR), which serve as a base for the current Faculty of Theological Sciences and Pastoral Studies.

1996: And So It Shall Begin.

October 5, 1996, we can still remember this day as if it was yesterday. When the Council of Ministers gave out the order N° 9278 that officially founded the Antonine University (UA).

1999: We Started to Grow.

From the beginning, we had a clear vision of where we want to be, and we knew that the only way there is to grow. To fulfill this mention, we established the Department of Nursing Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering in Computer Science and Telecommunications.

2000: Expansion.

True growth is that of spreading knowledge, that is why the campus in Nabi Ayla–Zahle was officially inaugurated.

2006: Various Possibilities.

Choosing your career should not be limited, that is why we added three new academic units, the Antonine Business School, the Faculty of Information and Communication, and the Department of Physical Therapy in the Faculty of Public Health.

2008: Expansion II.

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and thus the inauguration of the Mejdlaya–Zgharta Campus.

2014: A Noble Pursuit.

We launched the Center for Accompaniment in University Pedagogy and Integration (APUI) to improve our teaching methods.

2017: Hard work pays off.

The Swiss Agency for Accreditation and Quality Assurance (AAQ) granted us with an Institutional Certification.

2018: World Recognition.

The Department of Physical Therapy was granted accreditation by the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT), for the physical therapy professional entry-level education program.

2020: Success Concerto.

The Faculty of Music and Musicology was granted accreditation by “MusiQuE” and the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC) for its program.