Secretary General

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.


Since 2015, Dr. Omar Houri holds the post of the Secretary General of Beirut Arab University. Dr. Houri is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Human Rights Center at BAU since 2009.

Dr. Houri received his undergraduate degree in Law from BAU in 1994. He has been a member of the Lebanese Bar Association since 1995. He holds two LL.M.s, the first from Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina, USA in 1996 and the second from Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany in 2001. He earned a PhD in Constitutional Law from Ludwig Maximillian’s University, Munich, Germany in 2004. He has several publications in Arabic, English, and German.