Entitled “Deeply rooted and staying in Beirut,” the statement assured that the news published by local newspaper Al-Joumhouria about AUB “seriously considering shutting down” was not true.
“The Office of Communications wishes to deny, in full and in detail, all allegations contained within this article and similar articles written in recent days, which have no basis in reality,” AUB stressed in the statement.
Days before Al-Joumhouria’s article, Al-Arabiya English alluded to the possibility that AUB might relocate to Dubai. Head of Communications at AUB, Martin Asser, was quick to debunk the news on Twitter.
“The university reasserts that it has been located in Beirut and in Lebanon since 1866 to serve the peoples of Lebanon and the region,” issued AUB Office of Communications.
“Its mission is higher education and equipping students to enter society to effect positive change so that Lebanon and all the region’s peoples can ‘have life and have it more abundantly.'”