The American University of Beirut (AUB) is an institution of higher learning founded to provide excellence
in education, to participate in the advancement of knowledge through research, and to serve the peoples
of the Middle East and beyond. Chartered in New York State in 1863, the university bases its educational
philosophy, standards, and practices on the American liberal arts model of higher education. The university
believes deeply in and encourages freedom of thought and expression and seeks to foster tolerance and
respect for diversity and dialogue. Graduates will be individuals committed to creative and critical thinking,
life-long learning, personal integrity, civic responsibility, and leadership.
Under the Twinning Arrangement programme the American University of Beirut-Beirut Urban Lab and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy hosted a series of selective meetings with stakeholders with the objective of informing public policy making and research agendas in Lebanon. The Beirut Urban Lab worked collaboratively to support local land governance processes in Beirut and to advocate for a better management of land beginning with a rigorous assessment of property taxation and land regulation systems.