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ACBSP Awards Initial Accreditation to AUK's Business & Economics Division

Overland Park, KS, USA - The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners has awarded the American University of Kuwait accreditation for its business programs.

ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the Business & Economics Division of the American University of Kuwait meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.

"American University of Kuwait has shown a commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process," said ACBSP Director of Accreditation Steve Parscale, who will present the Certificate of Initial Accreditation at the ACBSP Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 26, 2011. "This accreditation is evidence that American University of Kuwait is committed to providing the highest quality business education for their students."

ACBSP Region 8 Representative, AUK President, Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs & Faculty members from the Business and Economics Division

AUK President Dr. Winfred Thompson said, "I congratulate the division of business and economics on this achievement. It is a significant step forward as we strive to attain international recognition of our programs. We are pleased to join the ACBSP in its continuing effort to improve the quality of business education."

ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. Established in 1988, ACBSP is the only business accrediting organization for all associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degree programs. In 2001, ACBSP was recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

ACBSP Region 8 Representative, Bruce Stetar said, "We are pleased to have AUK among our family of accredited institutions, they are opening a new chapter by ensuring that their programs meet the highest standards. This is the first step in a long process of being committed to better quality education for days to come, and for the future. This is what the ACBSP tries to do, help business programs achieve this goal."

Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Nizar Hamzeh added, "The value of this accreditation embodies not only the acceptance of the B&E Division to the membership of reputable Business schools and programs but also in recognizing the Business programs as professional programs blended with the tradition of liberal arts education. These wouldn't have come true had it not been for the hard work and commitment invested by the faculty and staff of the B&E Division, the Dean's Office of Arts and Sciences and the University at large."

Business and Economics Division Head Dr. Mohsen Bagnied said, "This confirms the commitment of the Business and Economics Division to continuous improvement to ensure that our program ranks among the highest quality business schools in the World."

ACBSP continues to grow, having recently added its ninth region to better serve member institutions in Latin, Central and South America. There are currently more than 825 members, including 134 institutions from outside the United States. ACBSP member institutions represent 44 different countries.

ACBSP Region 8 Representative, AUK President & Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs

Faculty members from the Business and Economics Division

Amal Bin Ali
Assistant to the President for Admissions & Public Affairs

Melinda Dorning

Released by the PR & Marketing Department on the 17th March 2011

Photography by the AUK Public Relations & Marketing Department (C)2011

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