American University of Beirut

About Us Suliman S. Olayan School of Business

​​​​​​The American University of Beirut, established in 1866, enjoys a lengthy, distinguished history as one of the world's foremost universities, a reputation enhanced by the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business.​ 

​OSB is highly regarded within the international community with rankings consistently placing it as a MENA leader and provider of international caliber vision and opportunity. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The school currently enrolls over 1,500 of the most select students in the region within its world-class BBA, MBA, Executive MBA, and specialized master's degree programs in Human Resources Management, Finance, and Business Analytics. In addition to its extensive activity in providing executive education throughout the region to leading organizations, the school has long been AACSB International-accredited. 

OSB boasts several research hubs and areas of excellence, manages global initiatives covering a wide array of subjects including data analytics, executive education, family business, entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, and features award-winning faculty that hail from around the globe.


Transform business thinking in the MENA region. 


Enable world-class business research, learning, and knowledge transfer from our authoritative anchor point within the MENA region. 


Business education at AUB started in 1900 and was provided either by a department or a semi-autonomous school under the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In celebration of the hundred-year anniversary of offering business programs, AUB established in September 2000 an independent school of business (later named the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, “OSB") as the sixth faculty of the university. To date, AUB has graduated over 8,000 students from its undergraduate business programs and over 1,800 from its graduate business programs. Since its formal establishment as a distinct school, OSB has grown its full-time faculty complement from 13 in the academic year 2000–01 to over 52 today. It now graduates approximately 350 students from its undergraduate program and 80 students from its graduate programs every year. 

In June 2003, the AUB School of Business was named the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business (herein referred to as “OSB") in honor of the late international Saudi businessman and AUB trustee whose family has always been a major supporter of AUB. This watershed event triggered a series of major developments intended to broaden and deepen the delivery of quality undergraduate and graduate business programs at AUB. Entirely new curricula were introduced for the BBA and MBA degrees in the fall of 2001. Both degrees were redesigned to follow leading trends in international business education. In the spring of 2004, OSB launched the Executive MBA (EMBA) program in response to the professional development needs of senior corporate leaders in the region.

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