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CBE awarded maximum 5-year AACSB accreditation renewal
2014-12-31

CBE recently celebrated the renewal of its AACSB accreditation for the maximum five years which was announced in a press briefing yesterday conducted by CBE dean Dr Nitham Hindi.

The College was first awarded accreditation status by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in December 2009, placing it among the list of elite business schools around the world. AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business schools.

QU is one of nine out of 450 Arab Universitiesin the Middle East that have achieved this status, Dr Hindi said, adding, “the College is proud to be one of these nine universities, and the only and first-ever business school with an AACSB-accredited business degree whose language of instruction is Arabic.”

The renewal is another highlight in the College’s accomplishments which last year saw the establishment of a dedicated Center of Entrepreneurship, Business Incubator, and Commercial Bank Chair.

The final AACSB decision on December 22 followed a continuous improvement review based on 21 standards, as well as a rigorous CBE self-study and onsite visits by the AACSB team, Dr Hindi said.

He also noted that since its initial accreditation in 2009, and without compromising quality, the College made tremendous strides in the number of enrolled students, faculty, and academic programs. “Student enrollment jumped from about 1300 in 2010 to close to 4700 students in 2014, with more than 75% Qataris, and the number of faculty increased from 36 to102 during the same period”, he said, adding that the College also established the Master’s in Accounting in 2011.

In line with the requirements of its accredited status, the College continued its efforts of re-evaluation of its programs and its academic and research goals. Activities included the launch of its Strategic Plan 2013-2016, and the expansion of its MBA Program with two new concentrations in business analytics, and entrepreneurship. Planned new graduate programs include MA programs in finance, marketing and innovation, and business entrepreneurship to meet the new and emerging trends in the business environment in Qatar. Under development are two research centers -- one in Islamic Finance, the other in Business Excellence -- that will support the planned graduate programs as well as enhance existing ones.

Other strategic areas of mention included ongoing improvement of administrative efficiency, building a community service culture, launching an Arabic Curriculum Plan, establishing specialized learning zones and emphasizing entrepreneurship in the curriculum. The College also established Accreditation and Assessment offices,and appointed an Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, and an Associate Dean for Business Relations and Engagement, Dr Hindi said.

Commenting on the re-accreditation news, QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad said: “Congratulations to the College on this significant achievement. The renewal of accreditation is particularly significant this year as it attests not only to the quality of the educational programs offered by CBE but also to the College’s commitment to ensuring that students’ proficiency in both Arabic and English heightens their readiness for the internationalized business and finance sector in Qatar. I applaud the efforts of the dean, faculty, staff and students in contributing to this achievement.”

Dr Hindi added: “We at the College are proud of this achievement which is a stamp of recognition of the quality of our programs and our teaching and learning environment. We will continue to assess and re-evaluate our plans with the aim to providing our students and faculty with optimum opportunities to achieve international standards of excellence and so advance the College’s profile in Qatar, the region, and beyond.”