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AUK Receives AACSB Accreditation for College of Business and Economics

20th May 2019 | by the Office of Public Affairs

The American University of Kuwait (AUK) is proud to announce that it has earned its accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for its College of Business and Economics. This signals that the College has met the most rigorous standards of excellence in business education and has demonstrated that it is committed to upholding and advancing the quality of their programs.

Dr. Ralph Palliam, Dean of the College of Business and Economics at AUK attributes the College of Business and Economics earning the AACSB accreditation to the University’s commitment to liberal arts education and support in delivering on excellence and the highest of standards in education with a demonstrated focus on quality in teaching, research, curriculum development, and student learning.  The AACSB accreditation is a hallmark in business education and is earned by less than 5 percent of the world’s business schools. Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools, and the largest business education network connecting students, educators, and businesses worldwide to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. Consequently, the College of Business and Economics is fostering a series of engagements, accelerating design thinking, and notably amplifying its impact in the principles of responsible business education.  

AUK President Dr. Rawda Awwad praised the efforts of those involved in obtaining the accreditation, “This accomplishment is reflective of the College’s and Institution’s commitment to teaching and learning, research and service; and obligations toward continuous improvement and development. As with all of our accreditation initiatives, the involvement and support of the University community is critical.  The collaborative effort of the AACSB Steering Committee is commendable.”   

The College of Business and Economics currently has dual accreditation, the first one from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) that was awarded in November, 2010.

More information about AACSB, its member societies, and the accreditation criteria used to evaluate programs can be found at

The American University of Kuwait (AUK) currently offers 16 distinct degree programs in various academic disciplines. AUK is accredited institutionally by the Private Universities Council (PUC) in Kuwait. Its College of Arts and Sciences is accredited by The American Academy for Liberal Education's (AALE); and its Intensive English program is accredited by the Commission for Intensive English Program Accreditation (CEA); its Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; and the College of Business and Economics is also accredited by The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). For more information on the AUK College of Business and Economics, visit

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