Message from the Dean


PROFESSOR RAMI ABBOUD PhD, SMIEEE, FHEA, Hon FRCS (Eng), FRCS ad hominem (Ed)
DEAN, Faculty of Engineering
VICE PRESIDENT FOR INTERNATIONALIZATION & ENGAGEMENT  
Welcome to the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Balamand, welcome to your future family as a Balamandian!

If you are reading this page, then you are considering Engineering with us as a profession. What a great choice!

You are at an important junction of your life to decide your future and you need to choose wisely. Don’t choose Engineering because your family told you to do so, choose Engineering because it is the discipline that will set you on the right track for a great career; and only if you are convinced that this is what you really want to do. The main question is why study Engineering and why Balamand?

It is so simple, Engineering is a noble profession that is at the center of everything that you experience in life without you knowing. It is what it makes civilization move forward and societies evolve. As to why Balamand, then carry on reading…

Engineering has no boundaries, especially if you combine curiosity with passion, design with innovation, intellect with creation, studying with fun, and adventure with exploration. All this will set your soul free to explore, design, create and make a difference in society. This could be in any discipline related to Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or even better think beyond that into multi-disciplinarity combining engineering with a variety of other disciplines like sports, law, agriculture, business, etc… or medicine like I did as a Biomedical and Rehabilitation Engineer specializing in Orthopedics as a sub-specialty – the spectrum is wide and the opportunities are massive. My feelings, as an engineer, to be able to help patients improve their quality of life and athletes improve their performance and/or avoid injury are immeasurable.

Crossing the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines with engineering as your foundation degree will provide you unique opportunities to excel and find new niche disciplines to create new opportunities and job prospects in a fast evolving society that relies heavily on technology where engineers play a key role to innovate in healthcare, transform renewable and green energy, modernize infrastructure, revolutionize societies, improve digital communication, and shape the future using artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data...the spectrum is wide and the opportunities are massive.

I have joined the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Balamand very recently in summer 2019 after over 30 years of a very successful career in academia in UK. I came back and I chose the University of Balamand as I truly believe that this university has something special to offer, especially in Engineering. The Faculty is a hub for excellence in nurturing the future engineers and leaders and make a difference in society in higher education and applied research in partnership with key industries in Lebanon and internationally. The Faculty has a fantastic infrastructure supported by excellent faculty and staff members that are devoted to the institution and its student body – it is a family environment with a fabulous and unique campus. Although as a university we are quite young, we are truly proud of our alumni and the impact they have had on the industry and the engineering profession in their various fields of work in Lebanon, the region, and around the world. The latter was reflected in the Faculty recent success in receiving its ABET accreditation on 29 August 2019, which provides assurance that our Faculty’s unique BS programs meet, if not exceeds, the international standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

We are here for you and I am sure that the best is yet to come. Why not join us and be part of the history that we will be making as a leading Faculty of Engineering in Lebanon, the region and the world.