AUB’s Suliman S. Olayan School of Business establishes partnership with HEC Montréal for top-flight collaborative programs

The American University of Beirut (AUB) Suliman S. Olayan School of Business (OSB) has signed a partnership agreement with the Canadian business school HEC Montréal in Beirut, Lebanon.

The partnership will allow both flagship institutions to collaborate on a broad range of activities, including PhD program, research, joint conferences and seminars, and open enrolment continuing and executive education programs.

“We are excited to expand world-class opportunities for our students, faculty, and the business community through these types of collaborations with HEC Montréal," said OSB Dean Steve Harvey. “As partners developing joint initiatives, we will be building the capacity for our regions to coalesce and access programs, education, and new platforms for business cooperation and advancement. The strong links between Beirut and Montréal are historically deep, culturally rich, and highly prized and this collaboration between the two top business schools will enrich it even further".

“HEC Montréal is extremely happy to conclude this partnership agreement with AUB's Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, a school whose reputation for excellence is well established," said HEC Montréal Director Michel Patry. “This partnership opens up all kinds of possibilities for our future business leaders to draw on international best practices and stay on the cutting edge of knowledge and practice." 

International, forward thinking, and well respected - just a few words to sum up HEC Montréal, one of the top management schools in the world. Since its founding in 1907, HEC Montréal has established an enduring tradition of innovative thinking in fields ranging from teaching and research to international initiatives to executive programs for middle and top managers.

HEC Montréal is the first North American school to hold designations for the Triple Crown Accreditation EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), the AMBA (Association of MBAs), and the AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). HEC Montréal's status as a high-caliber international school is confirmed by the various distinctions its intensive MBA Program has received on international prize lists such as Forbes, Bloomberg, Poets & Quants, BusinessWeek, AméricaEconomía and The Economist.

With a faculty of 281 members, HEC Montréal offers programs of study from bachelor to PhD programs. The school has nearly 13,400 students, of whom more than 4,200 represent 146 countries. It also collaborates with 149 universities and business schools in 45 countries through its exchange program, confirming its position as an international leader. HEC Montréal also offers training programs for executives and senior executives from both Canadian and international companies, through which HEC Montréal annually trains nearly 7,000 executives, professionals, and managers in 90 development programs. HEC Montréal initiated its presence in Lebanon in 1995.

The American University of Beirut has a long distinguished 152-year history as one of the world's foremost universities, a reputation that has not eclipsed the school of business, even as one of its most recently created schools. OSB is held in high regard in the international community with rankings consistently placing it as a MENA leader and of international caliber with the best worldwide.

The school currently enrolls over 1,200 of the most selective students in the region within its various undergraduate and graduate programs in business administration, business analytics, finance and in human resources management, in addition to its extensive activity in providing executive education throughout the region to leading organizations. The school has long been AACSB international-accredited; it boasts several research hubs and areas of excellence; and it manages global initiatives covering a wide range of areas such as data analytics, executive education, family business, entrepreneurship, and corporate social responsibility. In 2016, the U.S. News & World Report ranked OSB #1 in the MENA region in overall research quality, research excellence, and research impact while the 2017/2018 edition of the QS Arab Region University Rankings places AUB in the first position among universities in the Arab world and the only program in the Arab world considered to be among the elite business schools worldwide. The partnership with HEC is among a growing number of select relationships that OSB is entering with the very best institutions globally.