Last month, AUB President Fadlo Khuri announced that tuition fees, calculated in dollars, must be paid at a rate of 3,900 LBP. The decision has made tuition largely unaffordable for many households that are affected by the crippling economic situation in Lebanon.
Khuri justified the decision by stating that it was necessary “for the financial survival of AUB”.
“I may be putting my education at risk because I only have one semester left before I graduate, but I will not pay the full tuition,” Karim Saadeh, member of AUB’s Student Faculty Committee (USFC), told The National.
“AUB is not behaving like it is based in Lebanon,” Tanios El Kassis, a member of the Parents and University Students Union, told The National. “Can’t they see the economic situation here is terrible? Can’t they see that people have lost their jobs, and 60 percent of Lebanese are now poor?”
“We are not begging for help. We have the solution and we want it to be implemented,” he added.
The Union will attempt to have its solution implemented by meeting again with the Minister of Education Majzoub in the coming days, alongside student leaders.
However, the deadline for paying tuition fees is approaching. It is indeed a difficult time to be a university student in Lebanon.