Executive presentation of AUNOHR
The culture of non-violence might
finally penetrate the thick cover of dark clouds
Besieging us in a prison of anxiety, violence and absurdity,
to restore communication with a sun
That does not despair of calling us every single morning…
Founder of AUNOHR
His first message at the occasion of AUNOHR opening ceremony in 2009.
AUNOHR (Academic University College for Non-violence & Human Rights) was founded as an independent higher education for Lebanon and the Arab world under the Lebanese law for higher education (Ministerial Decree no /487/ date 04.09.2014) and received a ministerial license to proceed for academic activities No. 714 / M / 2015 dated 18.08.2015.
The legacy of AUNOHR is based on 30 years of pioneering experience of its founders, Walid Slaybi and Ogarit Younan, and is considered as a first-of-its-kind in Lebanon, the region and unique at the international level. As a matter of fact, AUNOHR is building academic cooperation with local, regional and international universities, colleges and other institutions.
AUNOHR was founded with an objective to remain an incubator for both an academic professionalism and constructive social change, starting with the personal development of every student.
AUNOHR is not merely an additional university; it is an original higher education institution that is urgent to exist in every society. AUNOHR provides curricula unavailable in the existing higher education systems, and many officials and representatives of other universities held in this concern: “by its quality uniqueness, AUNOHR is not a competition but rather a needed complement to what already exists”.
As international non-violent thinkers have said: "It is a unique endeavor and addition that we have long waited for throughout the march of the world's non-violent heritage".
Many international, Arab and local personalities joined the International Advisory Council including Nobel Peace laureates, non-violent pioneers, academics, economists, and literary, political, human rights and cultural actors who are committed to the non-sectarian and non-violent civil option in the development of societies.
AUNOHR faculty members are experts, philosophers, intellectuals and developers of innovative courses in various fields from Lebanon and the world. By being a new specialty, academic non-violence is primarily transmitted and taught at AUNOHR by pioneers and authors reference in the field, which constitutes a distinguished added value of AUNOHR faculty.
Being a new idea in higher education, the curricula of nine different disciplines were innovated and evaluated and a full pilot experience was hence realized at the Master level (2009-2011); many described this experience as "the achievement of a dream".
AUNOHR has chosen to start with postgraduate studies, to reach first to the professionals and disseminate the impact of this type of university studies. Currently, AUNOHR offers two levels of formation: Master Degrees and University Diplomas (Undergraduate level soon).
AUNOHR offers programs, with more than half of the curricula are innovative, that encompass the following specialization (for both the Master Degrees and University Diplomas):
- Philosophy and Skills of Non-Violent Education
- Social Training
- Conflicts Theories & Non-violent Mediation
- Non-Violence Theater
- Human Rights Culture & Teaching Skills
- Philosophy & Strategies of Non-Violence
- Non-violent Communication & Media Skills
- Culture of Non-violence & Human Rights, with concentrations in “Non-violent School Management”, “Corporate Social Responsibility’, “Arts, Visual Communications and Design Thinking”, “Development and International Relations”, “Religions and Non-violence”...
AUNOHR students are from Lebanon and the Arab world, with various academic backgrounds since there are no equivalent previous specializations in the field within the existing higher education.
Candidates may apply and register at their convenient dates, whereby enrollment occurs at any date of the academic year and students proceed with the programs following the credits system.
AUNOHR has a flexible unconventional higher education philosophy where education is a life in itself... A common conclusion is reached by AUNOHR students (see the documentary testimonials about "AUNOHR as seen by its students") that is "AUNOHR was for them a turning point and changed their lives..."
In addition to the academic departments, AUNOHR encompasses a specialized “Training and Development Center” for professional continuing education which, owing to the contribution of local and international experts, provides academic training to civil society, decision makers and community influencers.
At the Professional level, AUNOHR is pleased to have programs with high professional efficiency that benefits other academic and professional fields, and to provide the business world, in particular the protagonists and professions of social change, with new professional roles and skills having the desired academic professionalism.
…And as one of the first AUNOHR supporters, who described AUNOHR - like all other supporters did – as a pioneering vision in the reality of our region, said, "I thank you more than you thank me..."