Secretary General

Dr. Omar Houri

Secretary General

With more than 10,000 students and 1,000 employees, Beirut Arab University stands out as a constantly evolving community. Its dynamic environment helped BAU grow significantly while retaining its competitive edge: offering youth from different cultures a stimulating academic experience.

Over the past 58 years, BAU alumni body has grown to 110,000 graduates, 70% of which are international students. This unique diversity of students from different nationalities, ethnicities and backgrounds allowed them to learn the “art of thinking independently together”.

Maintaining and advancing this international presence is one of our strategic goals, and it is accordingly reflected in the Strategy 2013-2020, where Strategy no. 8 stresses the need to maintain and strengthen the relationship between BAU and its alumni by promoting their role herein. This multi-dimensional role of alumni serves more than one purpose for BAU, the least of which is to benefit from the backgrounds and expertise of our alumni in career guidance. The latter has become an objective that is being implemented and entrusted to all academic and administrative staff and an Alumni and Career Office that is fully dedicated for this purpose.

We envision for BAU to continue serving the region as a hub for intellectual and creative minds and serve our students in providing a distinctive learning experience full of discovery, expression and innovation.


Omar Houri received his PhD in Constitutional Law in 2004 from Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany and an LL.M. in 2001 in Judicial Review in Germany from Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany. He obtained an LL.M. in 1996 from Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina, USA. He has also attained a BA in Law from Beirut Arab University in 1994. Prior to his position as Secretary General of Beirut Arab University in 2015, he worked as the Director of the Human Rights Center at BAU, the Head of the Public Law Department at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at BAU, the Head of Legal Clinics at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at BAU, and a Member of the Lebanese Bar Association since 1995.