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Education

QUALITY EDUCATION


In the latest report published by the Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016, Lebanon ranked 19th globally in the overall quality of the educational system and 6th globally in the quality of math and science education, making it one of the best sources of talent not only to serve the region but also the international scene. More specifically, Lebanon ranked 27th globally and 4th in the MENA region in terms of availability of scientists and engineers, again highlighting the high-value added skills that the country can export. 

 

QUALITY OF EDUCATION SYSTEM (2015-2016)QUALITY OF EDUCATION SYSTEM (2015-2016)
Source: Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016


 QUALITY OF MATH AND SCIENCE EDUCATION (2015-2016) QUALITY OF MATH AND SCIENCE EDUCATION (2015-2016)
Source: Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016

 

AVAILABILITY OF SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS (2015-2016)AVAILABILITY OF SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS (2015-2016)
Source: Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016

 

PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION

 

Lebanon high equality of education starts with Primary education all the way to management schools. Lebanon ranks 14th globally and 3rd in the region in terms of Quality of Primary Education and 12th globally and 2nd in the region in the Quality of Management Schools available in the country.

 

QUALITY PRIMARY EDUCATION (2015-2016)QUALITY PRIMARY EDUCATION (2015-2016) 
Source: Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016

 

The Lebanese educational system accommodated, in the academic year 2014-2015, 1,002,277 students for general education. Of these Students, the largest portion (491,455 students) were enrolled in primary education, followed by 191,550 students enrolled in intermediate education.

 

 DISTRIBUTION OF STUDENTS BY EDUCATION LEVEL (2014-2015)
 

 

Total Students

% of Males % of Females
Pre-Primary Education 188,334

51.7%

48.3%
Primary Education 491,455 51.7% 48.3%
Intermediate Education 191,550

48.5%

51.5%
Secondary Education 130,938

43.3%

56.7%


Source:  Center for Educational Research and Development

  

HIGHER EDUCATION


Lebanon has the oldest universities in the region, dated back to 1866 when the American University of Beirut (AUB), formerly named the Syrian Evangelical College, was founded. It was followed by the University of Saint Joseph (USJ), which was established in 1875, then the Lebanese American University (LAU), which was founded in 1948 and was known as Beirut University College until 1996. The Lebanese University (LU), which is the sole public university in Lebanon, was founded in 1951, followed by Haigazian University in 1955, and the Beirut Arab University (BAU) in 1960.

 

Today, Lebanon is endowed with 43 nationally accredited universities, many of which are many are internationally recognized. Higher education in Lebanon is composed of technical and vocational Institutes, university institutes, and universities. Both public and private universities operate in French, or English as these are the most widely used foreign languages in Lebanon.

 

In the academic year 2014-2015, the student body was formed of around 190,157 students (69,994 students in the Lebanese University and 120,163 in 42 private universities).

 

The fields of study offered by Lebanese universities are diverse, with Business Administration and Law being the first choice of students, accounting for around 26.2% of the total number of students, followed by students majoring in Literature and Arts with 19.3% of total students.

 

NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN MAJOR FIELDS OF STUDY (2014 - 2015)NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN MAJOR FIELDS OF STUDY (2014-2015)
Source: Ministry of Education and Higher Education

 

As for non-university students, which usually obtain technical degrees (or the equivalent of License Technique), the majority of students or 18.5% of the student body was registered for an Auditing and Accounting degree during the academic year 2014-2015, followed by 14% of students who were registered in the Nursing school.

 

DISTRIBUTION OF NON-UNIVERSITY GRADUATES BY FIELD OF STUDY (% SHARE|2014-2015)

DISTRIBUTION OF NON-UNIVERSITY STUDENTS BY FIELD OF STUDY (% SHARE|2014-2015)

Note: This graph only includes technical degree L.T. (License Technique) students. Other include specialties in education studies, electrical and mechanical studies, among other majors.

Source: Ministry of Education and Higher Education

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