As a Seventh-day Adventist institution of higher learning, Middle East University believes in the redemptive nature of education and can thus be regarded as the premier university in Lebanon for the holistic development of students mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
Middle East University aims to be the knowledge center within the Seventh-day Adventist community and rise to be a respected center at large on topics that relate to or intersect with the MENA region: its cultures, religions, and languages.
In agreement with the philosophy of education of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the mission of Middle East University is to:
- Provide its students with a dynamic and integrated educational experience in a Christian context and scholarly environment.
- Present the challenge and opportunity to nurture commitment to, and faith in, God.
- Promote a healthy lifestyle, ethical standards, and personal values of love, generosity, justice, compassion, peace, mutual respect, and moral integrity.
- Encourage disciplined analytical thinking, creative self-expression, and continued intellectual growth.
- Empower its graduates for service and leadership roles in the local, regional, or global church community and in society at large.
From its establishment in 1939, Middle East University has strived to be a diverse institution, accepting people from all cultures and backgrounds. As a higher-education institution operated by the global Seventh-day Adventist denomination, MEU is connected to the second largest Christian education system in the world. This allows the University to benefit from a constant flow of international staff and students from all over the world, fostering an intellectually and internationally open environment.
MEU was originally founded as the Adventist College of Beirut and located in Mouseitbeh. In 1946 the institution was relocated to its present location, in Sabtieh, Sad El-Bauchrieh. During the same year it was renamed Middle East College, and the cornerstone of what is now North Hall was laid by His Excellency Sheikh Bechara El-Khoury, then President of the Republic of Lebanon.
In 1949, the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Learning granted the institution the accreditation to offer studies in higher education. On June 28, 2001, Middle East College was formally and legally renamed Middle East University. This significant development further validated the role of MEU as an important center of higher education for the people of Lebanon and the Middle East.