The College of Business Administration was established under the Emiri Decree No. 164 of the year 1995. The programs of the College of Business Administration began in the first semester of the academic year 1996/1995, replacing the College of Commerce, Economics, and Political Science at Kuwait University.
The College of Business Administration, through its academic programs, endeavors to build a broad, balanced, and comprehensive background in the administrative knowledge and skills of graduates to primarily contribute to the development of administrative capacities in the institutions of the private sector, where the students’ skills in dealing in English and using computer and their analytical and quantitative abilities are strengthened. Furthermore, the college is keen to consolidate the ethical values that are required in the practical application of administrative practices.
At the beginning of the academic year 1998/1999, the college has started to offer a master’s degree in business administration (MBA program) that aims to develop leadership knowledge and skills of graduates as decision-makers at the middle and senior management level in the various institutions in Kuwait. The program is taught in English. It is offered according to the applicable rules of the College of Graduate Studies at Kuwait University.
In April 2005, the college crowned its scientific journey by receiving the international academic accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for its bachelor and master programs. The college received an official certificate of its academic accreditation during an official ceremony held in the annual conference of AACSB that took place from 21 to 23 of April 2005 in San Francisco, USA. Recently, the international academic accreditation of the college’s programs has been renewed for the next five years, which requires continuing the development of the college’s programs at the bachelor’s and master’s levels with the efforts of the existing scientific committees and the Academic Quality Assurance Unit and Accreditation.
In the field of graduate studies, the college offers master programs in business administration (MBA), accounting, and economics. In addition to that, it provides a higher diploma program in public administration and a higher diploma program in Islamic finance, in conjunction with the College of Shari’a and Islamic Studies, which constitutes an effective course in the field of graduate studies at the college. This, in turn, will add a new dimension to reinforce the prominent academic position of the College of Business Administration at Kuwait University, playing its constructive role in participating in the process of achieving inclusive development in the country. The college continues its efforts to activate the quality of education and advance towards the constant development of the curriculum, methods, and means of teaching,at the college level,according to the recommendations of the international Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), ensuring their adoption and application. Therefore, the college maintains its academic position among the international accredited universities through its technological and scientific orientation and in light of the steps taken towards transforming it to a scientific college to keep up with the Kuwaiti Vision of 2035,which starts from the knowledge economy and the optimal use of technological development in the fields of economy, business administration, and digital transformation that requires curriculum development to achieve the desired goal.
Our vision is to be recognized for developing innovative business professionals.
We exist to provide an exceptional learning experience —through excellent education, quality research, and close engagement with the community— that transforms our students into innovative business professionals who will contribute to the development of Kuwait.
The College of Business Administration at Kuwait University is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) among 910 business institutions in 58 countries. Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools providing quality assurance, business education intelligence, and learning and development services to achieve the goal of creating the next generation of great leaders. AACSB Accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. AACSB-accredited schools produce graduates who are highly skilled and more desirable to employers than other non-accredited schools. Kuwait University’s College of Business Administration first achieved undergraduate accreditation in 2005 and is the first to do so among business schools in Kuwait.
Academic institutions that embed a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK)—including the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct—into their curriculum may be eligible to participate in the University Affiliation Program. An Affiliated University signals to their students and to employers that their curriculum is closely tied to the practice of investment management and is helpful to students preparing for the CFA® Program exams.
COB occupies the plot number (115) for male students and plot number (117) for female students with a total plot area of 32,239 square meters.
COB consists of six academic departments; accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing, quantitative method and marketing and a language unit; these are in addition to the college administration, classrooms, researches spaces, special facilities and student activities. All are distributed over four floors in the Male College and six floors in the Female College above the ground with a basement level for staff car parking.
The expected number of students is 4,400 male and female in addition to 820 faculty members and staff. The approximate built up area is 136,760 square meters.
The new COB was conceived to support collaborative and interactive learning between students themselves and between students and faculty members. The circulation is organized along two parallel wings running north south that flank the agora (assembly area) in the Female Campus, plus a single wing joined to the agora in the Male Campus. Activities including food services, retail, lounges, exhibit halls and lecture facilities are located around the Galleria that runs east west across each campus. The main entrance from the arrival zones on each campus brings the students and visitors directly to the agora.
The exterior elevations design consists of clad with an outer skin made by vertical metal fins designed to filter the natural light and to shade the interior from the strong local sun.
CFW occupies the plot number (120) for male students and plot number (116) for female students with a total area of 32,882 square meters.
CFW consists of five academic departments; art and design, communication sciences and languages, family sciences, information science and a language unit, in addition to the college administration. All will be equipped with smart teaching technology .The building has five floors in the Male College and six floors in the Female College above the Ground and a basement level for staff car parking.
The expected number of students is 3,550 male and female in addition to 690 faculty members and staff. The approximate built up area is 132,832 square meters.
The circulation of the college is organized along two parallel wings, running north south on the Female Campus and a single north south wing in the Male campus. These wings intersect the Galleria that runs east west across each college in the Campus. Student life, activities, food services, lounges, exhibition areas and a large lecture hall are grouped around this intersection.
The building elevations are clad with a sloped outer skin made up of triangular perforated metal panels designed to filter natural light and to meet with sustainable requirements.