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Suliman S. Olayan School of Business
At a Glance


The American University of Beirut, the oldest higher education institution in the Middle East, introduced business education in 1900. The Suliman S. Olayan School of Business (OSB) was established as an independent School of Business in 2000, in honor of the late international Saudi businessman and AUB trustee.

Today, OSB is transforming business education in the MENA region through its world-class BBA, MBA, Executive MBA, and specialized master degree programs in Human Resources ManagementFinance, and Business Analytics

OSB has a number of research hubs and initiatives covering a wide range of research areas, including entrepreneurship, innovation, corporate social responsibility, sustainability data analytics, finance, and corporate governance.

OSB attained its initial AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation in 2009 and was re-accredited in 2014. AACSB is a US-based international accrediting organization considered as the benchmark of quality business education worldwide.


Something we aspire to achieve 
Transform business thinking in the MENA region.


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


Dean's Message

Welcome to the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business (OSB) at the American University of Beirut! Our institution is among the world’s strongest and it is celebrating 150 years of offering quality higher education in


The OSB has long been recognized as a leader in business education in Lebanon and throughout the MENA region. We take great pride in facilitating the development of students as experts, leaders, and citizens ready to shoulder important responsibilities in society. We accomplish this by tirelessly working at our vision of transforming business thinking in the MENA region through academic research, teaching excellence, and business impact.

We have an outstanding contingent of highly trained and experienced faculty who are constantly developing and growing our educational programs with a balance of rigorous theory and professional practice. Whether you are in our regular or executive programs, as a student you will be part of a diverse and highly motivated body of learners, all eager to take on contemporary challenges facing business in the Middle East and globally. And our award worthy, world-class facility is designed to enable this learning in ways that I hope you will come to experience first hand.

I encourage you to explore our website and social media platforms, visit our beautiful campus, and listen to the many successful graduates of our programs. You will soon realize that studying at the OSB can get you places like no other, and that you will be joining an illustrious group of graduates that have brought change to the world over the last 150 years!

Steve Harvey, PhD

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