History | Antonine University



Antonine University (UA) opened its doors at Hadat–Baabda Campus in 1997, welcoming 45 students into the University Institute of Technology with 3 degrees in telecommunications, systems, and computer science. As the student body grew, so did the demand for engineering programs; a ministerial decree in 1999 granted UA a new degree, and the Faculty of Engineering (FOE) in computer and communications was founded. The program includes options in Telecommunications and Networks, Multimedia and Networks, Systems and Networks, and Software Engineering and Networks. In 2002, following the University’s expansion strategy, the Faculty opened a new branch at Nabi Ayla–Zahle Campus and another one at Mejdlaya–Zgharta in 2008. By the end of the 2000s, the Faculty was graduating around 100 engineers in computer and communications each year.

All three branches helped forge relationships with industry and allowed the FOE to grow and contribute to the development of Lebanon and the region. Our graduates launched thriving companies in the information and communications technologies fields and marked notable contributions wherever they worked.

Today, the FOE in its 2 departments, namely the Department of Computer and Communications Engineering and the Department of Technology in Computer Science, established in 2020, is considered among the most prestigious in Lebanon and home to more than 100 faculty members. Our continuously updated programs attract outstanding students from the best schools and presently have an enrollment of over 1400 students. Its affiliated research unit entitled TICKET Lab, which stands for Telecommunications, Information, Computing, and Key Enabling Technologies, offers unique opportunities for collaboration with universities and industry.

In the mid-2010s, the University started its mega project to design the new engineering building at the Hadat–Baabda Main Campus, which is expected to open in the early 2020s. This 34,000-square-meters building lies at the center of the campus premises and stands as the living heart of the University.

The FOE’s growth will not stop with the establishment of its new building, in fact, the Faculty is aiming to develop new departments in applied sciences such as Information and Communication Technologies, Mechatronics and Robotics, Mechanical Engineering, new Masters programs, and much more.

In these warm and spacious facilities, future generations of UA engineers will keep on writing chapters of history.‬‬‬‬