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AUS congratulates Sultan on AACSB Accreditation
The American University of Sharjah (AUS) has congratulated His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of the university on the international accreditation earned by the AUS School of Business and Management (SBM) from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools.
Dr. Peter Heath, Chancellor of AUS, extended his congratulations to His Highness, members of the AUS Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and students, and especially the SBM dean, faculty, staff and students for this achievement.
"This is an outstanding achievement for SBM as well as for AUS," said Chancellor Heath. "Our business school has gained national and international acclaim for the high quality of its programs and the students it consistently produces. Our faculty members have worked extremely hard to devise programs and set standards that are second to none. This accreditation by one of the world's leading accrediting bodies confirms that," he added.
AACSB accreditation represents the highest achievement for an educational institution that awards business degrees. As required by the AACSB standards, all accredited schools must go through a peer review process every five years in order to maintain their accreditation.
He said the school was now counted among the AACSB-accredited business schools. Only fewer than five percent of the world's business schools have achieved this distinction. Degrees earned by students from SBM will now be more recognizable around the world. It takes a great deal of self evaluation and determination to earn AACSB accreditation. Through accreditation, SBM has not only met specific standards of excellence but has also made a commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure that it will continue to deliver high-quality education to its students.
AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education. Today, there are 620 business schools in 38 countries that maintain AACSB accreditation. Achieving accreditation is a process of rigorous internal review, evaluation and adjustment, and can take several years to complete. During these years, the school develops and implements a plan to meet the AACSB accreditation standards, which require a high-quality teaching environment, a commitment to continuous improvement, and curricula responsive to the needs of businesses.