AUB has played a unique role in the region for more than one hundred and forty years. It was founded in 1866 as a private, independent, non-sectarian institution of higher learning and was the first university to introduce business education to the Middle East in 1900. Since its founding as a stand-alone business school in 2001, OSB has emerged as a premier business education provider in the region. Since its inception, OSB has prioritized ethics and corporate social responsibility as critical to its mission. This has resulted in many initiatives devoted to CSR in the region.