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 Welcome to USJ
 · About USJ
 · History
 · Charter of the university
 · Mission
 · Languages
 · Faculties and institutes
 · Research Council
 · Research and innovation
 · International Relations
 · Campuses


 Admissions
 · General requirements
 · Foreign candidates
 · Aptitude test
 · Tuition and Scholarships
 · Reception of students
 · Information / Orientation


 Campus life
 · Student unions
 · Clubs and associations
 · Sports
 · Cultural activities
 · Student services

 


Saint-Joseph University

Damascus Road
BP 17-5208 Mar Mikhaël
Beirut 1104-2020
Lebanon

info@usj.edu.lb
P: +961 (1) 421 000
F: +961 (1) 421 005


History

Lebanon was and still is an intermediary among various civilizations and cultures. Perhaps the clearest indication of its link between  East and West is its role in the Arab renaissance of the 19th century which revitalized and modernized the intellectual movement, founded schools, universities, presses, fora, newspapers and magazines, and initiated research and translation.

The Jesuits played a notable role in these activities. In 1839 they came to Beirut and established a modest school. This was followed in 1855 by a school in Ghazir (Kisruwan) which would be moved to Beirut in 1875. Authorities graced the new school with the title of “university” which allowed it to grant academic degrees, mainly doctoral degrees in philosophy and theology. The foundation of faculties and institutes followed. For instance, the Institute of Medicine founded in 1883 would become the Faculty of Medicine in 1888. then the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy in 1889. A maternity clinic opened in 1896, followed by the Oriental College in 1902, the School for French Law in 1913 which became the Faculty of Law in 1946.  The French School of Engineering also founded in 1913 would become the Higher Institute for Engineering in 1948.

 

 

 


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