The Lebanese American University (LAU) is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. In 1950, when LAU was known as the Beirut College for Women, it was granted a provisional charter by the Board of Regents, and an absolute charter five years later. LAU is a nonsectarian institution guided by a deeply rooted sense of shared ethical values. The university began as a women’s college in 1924, with roots extending back to 1835, when the Ottoman Empire’s first school for girls was founded. LAU expanded over the decades, catering to the growing educational needs of Lebanon, the Middle East and the world. Today, LAU boasts seven schools, along with 19 centres and institutes. LAU’s two main campuses are located on leafy hillsides by the Mediterranean Sea, about 35 kilometres apart, putting LAU within easy reach of all areas of Lebanon. The Byblos and Beirut campuses offer similarly structured programmes in the arts, sciences and business. Programmes in nursing and medicine, as well as junior and senior-year courses in engineering and pharmacy, are offered exclusively in Byblos. LAU continues to expand today. With the establishment of its New York Headquarters and Academic Center and a new executive centre in downtown Beirut, LAU continues its journey of perpetual improvement and progression.