American University of Beirut
Business education at AUB started in 1900, but remained under the auspices of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences until September 2000, when the University established an independent school that was later named the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business (OSB). Despite being a new school, it was accredited by AACSB in 2009 and became recognized for its quality business education worldwide. Since its formal establishment, the school has successfully introduced new programs such as Executive MBA, three specialized master’s programs, and executive education, and has grown its full-time faculty complement from 13 in academic year 2000-2001 to 57 in academic year 2016-2017. More than 80% of its faculty are holders of doctoral degrees from top international institutions and represent more than 11 nationalities. OSB is widely recognized as a national and regional leader in business research with an international reputation for research excellence and innovation. Its curricula are continuously reviewed and improved, and are uniquely crafted with a balanced mix of theoretical and practical approaches. Aligned with the philosophy of the University, OSB serves as a benchmark of excellence for developing leaders and managers who bring societal and ethical perspectives to decision making, create shared and sustainable value within their organizations, and drive strategy and accelerate business outcomes. OSB’s vision heeds the world’s call to transform business education into becoming more adaptive, innovative, impactful, and connected.