University of Balamand

The University of Balamand (UOB) draws on the heritage of the Monastery of Balamand which was built during the Crusades in the 12th century. The modern university was formally established in 1988 through the vision of His Beatitude Ignatius IV, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, on a land grant on the grounds of the monastery.



UOB is a private, non-profit, independent institution of Higher Education, founded in 1988 by His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV in the name of the Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East for the Greek Orthodox.
UOB performs its mission through teaching, research, and service to the community.


The University's identity is Lebanese and Arab,
Its policy is pluralistic open to all faiths.
The University relies on knowledge, dialogue and openness to all cultures, East and West, as the way to further cooperation, peace and harmony, and as the means to a prosperous future for upcoming generations.


UOB follows the American system of higher education, and the scientific process in academic inquiry. The University is dedicated to graduating professionals who are well-rounded, critical thinkers, life-long learners, and active citizens of their respective societies.


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