NNA - The Advisory Board of the Worldwide Alumni Association of AUB issued the following statement:
"That they may have life and have it more abundantly" is more than a guiding principle for the American University of Beirut (AUB). It is a way of life, especially in these difficult times that Lebanon and AUB are facing with a deadly pandemic, a paralyzing economic crisis, and a post-blast apocalyptic national psyche. In the middle of the unsettling dust and thick fog, uncertainties reign and rumors unfortunately spread. Among these rumors, a particular one recently emerged about efforts to relocate AUB out of Beirut and out of Lebanon. The editorial journal floating that rumor specifically suggested that these efforts implicate AUB alumni.
The Advisory Board of the Worldwide Alumni Association of AUB (WAAAUB) categorically and unequivocally denies that AUB or its alumni have ever considered or entertained any discussions about AUB relocating anywhere. As the university stated in the press release it issued on January 29, 2021, AUB is "deeply rooted and staying in Beirut." President Khuri also recently affirmed that "there are no plans to relocate AUB." He went on to note that "nothing will change our commitment to serve this country and its people."
AUB remains strong in the heart of every alumnus and alumna, across all corners of the world: from South America to Asia and Australia, from North America to Europe, and in every single Arab country from the Maghreb to the Levant to the Arab Gulf. Denying the above rumors, we remind everyone that this is AUB we are talking about: The AUB, in Beirut, that not only withstood world wars, colonialism, occupation, and civil wars, but also led the country in many of its moments of crisis. The AUB, in Beirut, that treated hundreds of thousands of injured and sick across Lebanon and the region over decades. The AUB, in Beirut, with more graduates at the establishment of the United Nations than any other university in the world. The AUB, in Beirut, that will remain a beacon of hope for a beloved land and for a beloved people in moments of turbulence. The AUB, in Beirut, with a "B" in its name that stands for Beirut.
In these difficult moments, AUB alumni everywhere are quietly helping AUB, as much as they can, not only to survive but to continue to thrive. We will simply continue to do so, while hoping for better days to come.