Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) is a private, Lebanese non-profit Catholic institution of higher education. NDU is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), and adopts the American system of higher education.
The religious affiliation of the university does not impose any sectarian obligations on faculty members, staff, or students. The cultural and spiritual heritage of the Maronite Order of the Holy Virgin Mary highlights a belief in a unified Lebanon, a belief in education as a means of protection against fanaticism and corruption, and a dedication to freedom of thought and expression. The university adopts such values and beliefs irrespective of color, creed, race, or gender and seeks to enhance these values through the liberal education it offers and the career preparation that caters to the real needs of Lebanon and the region.
As a Catholic institution inspired by the cultural and spiritual heritage of the Maronite Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) seeks to provide comprehensive quality education that fosters excellence in scholarship, lifelong learning, enlightened citizenship, human solidarity, moral integrity, and belief in God.
In designing its curricula, NDU is committed to the philosophy and standards of the American model of liberal arts education. Conceiving itself as an authentic academic community, NDU promotes diversity, respect for human dignity and rights, and concern for the common good. Its profound aspiration is to prepare its students to be future leaders who can exercise reason upon knowledge and shape a world of truth, justice, love, and freedom.
As a Catholic university, NDU highlights a strong belief in spiritual motivation and education as a vehicle for a better and more just society
To seek the truth, with a sense of discovery, through informed and rigorous scholarship, will place NDU among the top-ranking regional universities
Of thought and expression; NDU commits itself to engage and enhance intellectual inquiry in the pursuit of truth by teaching students how to learn, how to think critically, how to conduct responsible research, and how to access and integrate information in preparation for career development and personal growth
NDU is committed to serve not only its students, faculty and employees, but also society at large
In all activities of university life—teaching, scholarship, service, etc—NDU strives to be a center of quality education
Teaching, scholarship, and student service within the university community are characterized by intellectual honesty and a sense of personal morality
In the tradition of a Catholic liberal arts education, NDU commits itself to lifelong learning, encourages personal responsibility, develops spiritual values, and affirms a philosophy of life which actively supports global economic equity, social justice, and human rights.
Empathy, tolerance and respect for all people is essential to any university community. NDU encourages students to understand and appreciate the diversity of cultures, which exist locally, nationally, and internationally. It also seeks to promote diversity appreciation through an understanding of the impact human beings have on their environment
NDU strives for an optimized student experience that incorporates not only academic success – hands-on learning, state-of-the-art labs, renowned faculty members etc. – but overall student satisfaction, extra-curricular activities, and preparation for their future careers. To help measure our performance in these disparate areas, NDU considers four categories for student success: retention rate, pass rate on national exams, graduation rate and employability.
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