AUB and UAE Center Sign Agreement to Offer EMBA Program to Emirate Institutions
|Najjar and Kamali sign the agreement
The Suliman S. Olayan School of Business recently signed an agreement
with the Abu Dhabi-based Center of Excellence for Applied Research and
Training, under which AUB will offer an Executive Master of Business Administration
(EMBA) program in the United Arab Emirates. The center's educational programs
are held under the authority of the UAE Ministry of Higher Education.
The agreement was signed between Dean George Najjar of the Olayan School
of Business and Tayyeb Kamali, vice president of the center, in the presence
of Provost Peter Heath and Abdel Hamid Hallab, advisor to President John
Waterbury."This agreement shows the special relation that exists
between AUB and Abu Dhabi, which was exemplified by Sheikh Zayed's generosity,"
said Najjar, in reference to the donations made to AUB by the late Sheikh
Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahayan, the UAE's former president. "It is the
first agreement of its kind, and brings AUB programs to the outside world.
We hope it will mark the beginning of a promising future that will consolidate
AUB as a regional educational powerhouse," he added.
On his part, Kamali said, "We are proud of this collaboration, which
will hopefully prove to be the start of further partnerships. This is
the first time a special EMBA program is being offered in Abu Dhabi."
The agreement will take effect in September 2006, when applications for
enrollment in the program will be accepted. AUB faculty at the Olayan
School of Business will give the courses to Abu Dhabi students, who will
then receive their diplomas from AUB.
The EMBA program was introduced in 2004, and graduated its first class
in 2006. Currently three other classes are enrolled in the program at