Saint Joseph University

Private institution

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    • Saint Joseph University (French: Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth, USJ) is a private Catholic research university in Beirut, Lebanon, founded in 1875 by the Jesuits. It ranks as the second best university in Lebanon, subsequently among the top academic institutions in all of the Middle East. Its alumni include numerous Lebanese presidents, ministers, philosophers, intellectuals, clerics and beyond. As Lebanon's oldest and main French medium university, while promoting Lebanese culture, admission openly disregards any ethno-religious affiliations, encouraging trilingualism of French, Arabic and English. Additionally, it is known for its university hospital, Hôtel-Dieu de France.

      The 12,000 students enrollment is organised with 1873 academic staff and 500 personnel distributed in 12 faculties, 24 institutes and schools across 5 campuses in Beirut, with regional university centres in Sidon, Tripoli and Zahlé, as well as one foreign situated in Dubai.

      The university is the only one in the Middle East to adhere to the European ECTS university academic credits system, yet officially recognised by and in accord with the higher education law of Lebanon. It maintains some 150 various international agreements.