Educating Engineers for a Brighter Future in Lebanon.
When Joseph and Tony Saliba studied at the University of Dayton in the late 1970s, it wasn't a matter of choice; it was a matter of safety. In their native Lebanon, civil war had taken hold, and before peace came in 1990, their whole family would flee their home in Bteghrine. As undergraduate students, Joseph Saliba, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, and Tony Saliba, Wilke Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, found a community where they and hundreds of others from Lebanon could flourish.
Today, inside and outside its borders, Lebanon endures new unrest. It is critical for the country’s best and brightest engineering students to learn their profession in a safe environment, so they can reinvigorate their country’s industry, innovation, economy . . . and its esteem.
With the support of those who want to see Lebanon prosper socially, economically and culturally, the University of Dayton is in a position to make a difference. The University offers a safe harbor, a respite from unrest and an outstanding educational opportunity where Lebanon’s students can develop, return home and make a difference.
An exceptional learning environment for international students.
- Ranked in U.S. News & World Report as a top-tier national, doctoral-level university.
- More than 50 disciplinary and cross-disciplinary advanced degree programs.
- Strong support for international students, committed to building international enrollment and developing relationships.
- Ranked as a leading university in international student satisfaction, according to the International Student Barometer.
- Catholic, Marianist identity that encourages students of any faith to grow spiritually.
- Robust Lebanese community in the region that links students with their heritage.
Our innovative program includes:
- Undergraduate scholarships.
- Graduate assistantships.
- Faculty and student exchanges between University of Dayton and major universities in Lebanon.
- Service projects in Lebanon.
- Internships, cooperative education placements and research partnerships with companies and organizations that work in the United States and Lebanon.
A worthy endeavor. A relatively small project. A big difference.
A familiar story.
The late actor Danny Thomas, also a Lebanese American, was successful in his bold ambition to improve the survival rate of childhood cancer when he opened the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 1962. In the last 51 years, the five-year cancer survival rates have increased dramatically — sometimes from 5 percent to more than 90 percent. Thomas started his endeavor in much the same way as we are — with his fellow Lebanese Americans. What a difference their philanthropy made to children around the world.
We hope you will join us.
Are you interested in Lebanon’s prosperity? Your support of our endeavor could provide the financial support, professional involvement and mentorship needed for the long-term success of the University of Dayton School of Engineering Lebanese outreach program. Make a difference. Every gift creates an opportunity. We hope you can play a role in our success — and ultimately Lebanon’s.
Thank you for your desire to be a part of our mission as a top-tier national Catholic research university.
Born and raised in Lebanon, Dean Tony Saliba came to the University of Dayton in 1977, after fleeing Lebanon's civil war that would last another 13 years. At the University, he found a home — working, studying and earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering and a doctorate in materials engineering.
A graduate of the College de La Sagesse in Beirut, Saliba once served Mass for then-Maronite Archbishop Ignace Ziadé and Archbishop Paul Youssef Matar.
Recognizing the needs of his homeland for outstanding engineers and innovators, Saliba instituted the Lebanese engineering outreach program to encourage the finest minds in Lebanon to continue their education at the University of Dayton. The program will empower the students to return to Lebanon and assist in the social and economic revitalization of their country. The Lebanese outreach program provides students with scholarships, internships, research opportunities, service projects and a welcoming community.