History & Location

The Lebanese American University (LAU), formerly Beirut University College (BUC), is a non-profit private university, established by the Presbyterian Church in 1924.
In 1955, the College was chartered by the Board of Regents of the State University of New York. The College became a university in October 1992, and in 1994, the Board of Regents in New York approved BUC’s request to change into the Lebanese American University (LAU). In 2009, the University was granted institutional accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

The Adnan Kassar School of Business is one of seven schools at LAU and is found on the two campuses, located in Beirut and Byblos. 

As one of the oldest autonomous American business schools in the Middle East, the Adnan Kassar School of Business is committed to excellent teaching, scholarly activities and professional service through a student-centered environment and diverse student population.

1979
LAU admitted the first batch of business students in Beirut.

1980
The Business Studies Division started to operate as an independent entity granting bachelor degrees in different concentration areas in business administration, when prior, it was under the social sciences department. 

1981
The Masters of Science in Business (MS) was launched as a graduate business program.

1992-1993
A  full-fledged school of business was established.

1994 
LAU admitted the first batch of business students in Byblos.

1996-1997
Two deans are appointed: Dr. Tarek Mikdashi for Beirut Campus and Dr. Wassim Shahin for Byblos Campus. Several chairpersons are also appointed to manage the various programs.
The Master in Business Administration (MBA) replaces the existing MS degree program.

2000
The introduction of two new undergraduate programs leading to BS degrees in Economics and Hospitality and Tourism Management, followed by the Executive Master in Business Administration (EMBA) program in the same year.

2001
The School of Business starts to award the bachelor of science degree in business instead of bachelor of arts.

2011
The School is unified under the direction of Dean Said Elfakhani.

2013
Dr. Said Ladki is appointed Interim Dean.  

2015
The School of Business is named after businessman Adnan Kassar as a tribute to his ongoing support for quality education. 

2016

The LAU Adnan Kassar School of Business earns the AACSB accreditation and joins the select number of accredited business schools worldwide. 
 

The School operates in its own establishment in LAU Beirut and in a shared one in Byblos  —  The Frem Civic Center. 
Buildings are equipped with state-of-the-art classrooms (smart classrooms), office facilities, seminar and conference rooms, an auditorium, modern business computer labs, stock market rooms and lounges, among others. The School also houses a cooperative learning center (CLC) to support students who experience academic difficulties, and hospitality management labs to integrate classroom instruction with hands-on experience in food production, as well as restaurant and hotel services.

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AKSOB Building - Beirut                        Frem Civic Center - Byblos