The College of Business and Economics (CBE) has offered business programs with a strong tradition of quality teaching, research and service since 1977. Our degree programs have been improved as a result of an emphasis on quality and continuous improvement processes and procedures and the advice of external reviewers from around the globe.
The CBE has incorporated standards set by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) into its strategic planning since 1993. As a result, the CBE was the first college of business in the Middle East to be accredited by AACSB in 2000. In 2012, our accounting program achieved distinctive accreditation allowed by AACSB. Today, the CBE has the global distinction of being the only business unit in the Middle East accredited in both business and accounting. There are fewer than 750 accredited business programs and only 182 accredited accounting programs around the world out of more than 10,000 such programs.
In 2005, a major revision was made to the CBE Strategic Plan. We established a number of important themes such as market-driven development processes involving our stakeholders, a focus on interactive learning, the use of modern instructional technology, a combination of general ethics with Islamic values, a cooperative and supportive relationship with the external community, an applied research emphasis and, above all, a continuous environment of improvement. These central themes continue to be reflected in our current Strategic Plan and provide direction in our operational activities.
As of 2015-2016, our four academic departments (Accounting, Business Administration, Economics and Finance, and Statistics) with more than 75 full-time faculty and 20 full-time staff support more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of degree programs taught in English. The CBE offers bachelor’s degrees on our main campus in Al Ain. The Master of Business Administration is available in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai, and the Master of Professional Accounting is offered in Abu Dhabi. A Doctorate in Business Administration is also available in Abu Dhabi.
The CBE prides itself in supporting the UAE in its commitment to being a knowledge-based economy in which education and research play a critical role. As a result, our knowledgeable and supportive faculty and staff provide opportunities for our students to learn in the classroom as well as outside the classroom.