Academics | Faculties | RAMEZ G. CHAGOURY FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, ARTS, AND DESIGN | Mission, Vision, and Values | NDU

Mission, Vision, and Values


The Ramez G. Chagoury Faculty of Architecture, Arts and Design (FAAD) strives to promote an academic milieu for students from Lebanon and abroad, where design, arts, and architecture are the vectors of the University values. The range of programs offered by the various departments of the FAAD is devised to foster an environment of intellectual inquisitiveness. Based on the American Liberal Arts system, the FAAD prepares its graduates (Musicians, Interior Designers, Graphic Designers, Fine Artists, Photographers, Fashion Designers, and Architects) to be the standard-bearers of the University’s moral, social, and academic values.


The Faculty strives to be the leading provider of professional programs in Arts and Design, and to deliver outstanding education/training programs and provide opportunities to develop high levels of creative ambitions and technical skills to enable students to play a dynamic role in developing their respective fields. Students will learn to challenge conventional wisdom from an informed and constructive position and be encouraged to engage in self-directed approaches to the acquisition of knowledge and understanding. Supporting faculty members’ involvement in research, professional practice, development of teaching, and learning methodology are a must in order to establish a more scholarly and professional environment.


Educating students to build their future does not solely rely on us providing them with the technical tools and learning material to pursue a career. The FAAD prides itself on providing guidance to help individuals discover their own vision, thereby aiding them in becoming both professional and responsible.

On-campus interactions between NDU FAAD faculty members, staff, and students are characterized by a mutual respect for long-held traditions as well as an openness and acceptance of positive change and constructive criticism. One of the Faculty’s main values is to foster a culturally diverse environment where everyone is treated according to their human values and dignity, regardless of religion, ethnicity, belief, or gender.


The Faculty encourages its students’ active involvement in environmental, educational, and social issues as it supports them in their quest to make a genuine and lasting difference in their surroundings.


Faith is a part of the FAAD’s identity, hence the reliance on open communication and full cooperation to ensure that every one’s views and beliefs are respected Universitywide in general and at the FAAD in particular. In order to maintain a dynamic learning environment that shapes principled individuals, the FAAD cherishes those values as part of its educational identity and thus promotes:

  • Tolerance of all human beings regardless of background;
  • Cooperation between all members of NDU to ensure personal and professional growth;
  • Communication of views and beliefs within a positive and responsive environment; and
  • Diversity and cultural exchange devoid of prejudice and judgment.
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