His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI blessed the cornerstone of the American University of Madaba during his pilgrimage to the Holy Land on May 9, 2009. On that occasion H.H. commended the supporters of this innovative institution of higher education for their courage and belief in the power of education to transform individuals and society. H.H. emphasized that peace, justice and progress in the region is advanced by “…a mature belief in God, the compatibility of faith and reason; and the advancement, acquisition and ethical application of knowledge.”
The American University of Madaba is part of a long and rich legacy of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem (LPJ) to the commitment of education for the common good. In 1854 the LPJ established the first LPS in Beit Jala (Palestine). Today the LPJ administers a network of 45 schools (primary, secondary, etc.) that serve over 20,000 students in communities throughout the Holy Land. The American University of Madaba represents a continuation of the legacy & belief in the development of the dignity of human beings and the right for each individual to reach his/her highest potential in service to society.
On May 10th, 2012, AUM was granted the approval of the New Hampshire Higher Education Commission to operate in the state of New Hampshire and in its Madaba campus offering 18 degree programs in seven Faculties: Engineering, Science, Health Sciences, Art and design, Business and Finance, Information Technology and Languages and Communications.