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Department of Finance - Program

Department Chair: Rabindranath Bhattacharya

Finance is the most prestigious and challenging field in business. Finance graduates assume the major decision-making role in corporate world. Mathematical Finance, Financial Engineering, and Financial Economics have emerged as sub-fields of Finance for higher education in the field of Finance. Finance, hence, is highly respected as an applied field of mathematics and economics. Finance encompasses theoretical models of mathematics and economics, builds information from accounting data in decision-making process and uses quantitative techniques for assessing results and making decisions. Finance major students can pursue Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) - the most prestigious professional finance charter that is recognized worldwide, to complement their degree and to make them highly attractive candidate for a job anywhere in the world.

Different fields within Finance are: Corporate Finance, International Finance, Investments, Financial Risk Management, Banking, and Asset Management. Students can specialize in any of the fields within Finance to focus on a career path. Finance graduates can choose a career in the finance division of a Bank, Investment Company, Multinational Corporation, Government Entity, Not-for-Profit Organization, and International Institutions such as World Bank, IMF etc. to support major tactical and strategic financial decisions. Graduates in Finance can also become successful entrepreneurs (Private Equity, Investment Company, Financial Planner, etc.). Career titles in Finance run the spectrum from entry level positions to the top, from loan officer, project manager, project planner, budgeting officer, investment specialists, investment advisor, bank manager, hedge fund manager, vice president, to chief financial officer (CFO) and chief executive officer (CEO).


The Department of Finance offers BBA (Finance) degree that resembles the program structure of an American education system and standards. The Department offers its programs that provide students with the knowledge and skills in their field of studies so that they can demonstrate their learning through professional success. AUK enriches society by fostering an environment encouraging critical thinking, effective communication, personal growth, service, and leadership.


The Department of Finance aspires to be a flagship program in AUK and to be recognized locally, regionally, and internationally for its high quality programs, innovation within program, academic excellence, and the professional accomplishments of its graduates.


Just like AUK, the Department of Finance strives to uphold the following values:

  • Freedom of thought, speech, and intellectual curiosity
  • Respect for individual identity and rights
  • Support equality for ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity
  • Commitment to high standards of morality, integrity, and social responsibility
  • Adherence to high professional standards and ethics



Upon completion of the AUK major in Finance, the student will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the Time Value of Money.
  • Evaluate Financial Securities such as stock and bond prices.
  • Evaluate projects and make investment decisions.
  • Understand the key guiding principles of Islamic Finance.
  • Distinguish between systematic risk and asset specific risk.
  • Understand and compose investment portfolios.
  • Estimate and evaluate corporate and project cost of capital.
  • Analyze the financial feasibility of a project’s cash flows.
  • Evaluate and comprehend the characteristics of financial markets in Kuwait and the Gulf with respect to the world financial market.
  • Understand and evaluate regional and multinational capital investment decision processes.
  • Understand and analyze a financial risk and its management process.
  • Understand and value a corporation and its financial assets.
  • Sit for CFA level I and II examination with adequate preparation.




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