Welcome to the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS) at the American University of Beirut. As an acting Dean, I am honored and privileged to be part of a faculty with a pioneering reputation as the regional academic reference that integrates education, research and outreach through its departments of Agriculture, Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management, and Nutrition and Food Sciences, as well as its two multidisciplinary centers: The Environment and Sustainable Development Unit (ESDU) and the Advancing Research Enabling Communities Center (AREC).
I have nearly a 30 year relationship with this faculty, beginning in 1988 as an undergraduate student, then as a Masters student, proud alumnus, later as a member of the faculty, and now as an Acting Dean. I have witnessed the transformative impact which this institution can have on improving the livelihoods and well-being of people in Lebanon, the Middle East, and the World.
FAFS is a community of individuals whose journey started in 1952 and who are committed and well-equipped to foster a “Healthy Earth, Healthy Food, Healthy People”, a motto which depicts our faculty’s three main pillars that were inspired by our region and its pressing needs: Food Security, Resilient Environment, and Nutrition for Health. We take pride in graduating generations of leaders who will address and find solutions to the global challenges affecting the individual and the planet.
The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences has always been characterized as the Faculty of Firsts continuously working towards being the first in offering our students with the top programs in the region. Today we are celebrating the full re-accreditation of AUB’s Nutrition and Dietetics program by the US Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). We are proud to be the first Institution in Lebanon and the Arab World to be granted the ACEND accreditation and the third in the World outside the USA to receive such recognition.
FAFS offers 6 undergraduate and 13 graduate degrees that emphasize both quantitative and analytical skills while engaging students in experiential learning and research which remain primary aims of our teaching programs.
FAFS alumni, friends and supporters are the active stakeholders of our success story. Their generous donations will certainly provide life-changing opportunities to our students and will help our faculty to continuously achieve higher academic standards.
I look forward to working together with every faculty member, staff, student, alumnus, and friend of our FAFS community.
I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our programs and academic achievements.
With Best Regards,
Ammar OlabiProfessor and Acting Dean Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences