American University of Beirut

William M. Bickers, MD
JAMA. 1967;200(13):1162-1168. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120260058010.
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This is the centennial year for the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. Alumni from the far-flung corners of the earth will converge upon this subtropical campus to celebrate the 100th birthday of a very unique institution. Doctors and lawyers, merchants and teachers, leaders of government, and sons of royalty will come from the sandy wastes of Arabia, from the hospitals and universities of the Sudan and Egypt, from Damascus and Jerusalem. Teachers and scholars from Europe and America will join the alumni of the Arab world to pay homage to their alma mater. Graduates from this university who carried the ideals and philosophy of its founder to their native lands will return this year to the source of their inspiration.

In an atmosphere of freedom, the university, like Lebanon, is truly a meeting place for East and West. The campus and classrooms provide a living laboratory for students of


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