Creation of the School
The French-Arabian Business School was established in 2007 by an agreement between the Arabian Gulf University and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The school was established to “promote human resource skills and develop education, research and expertise in the various areas of management, business administration and finance which are of particular relevance to the Gulf region”, as stated in the establishment agreement.
The link with distinguished French business schools and universities enables the school to draw on the experience and reputation of these institutions in the developing solid, relevant and unique programs to best serve the needs of the GCC states. The school changed its name to the French Arabian Business School (FABS) in order to be in tune with international standards and increase regional visibility. FABS is now cooperating with the ESSEC Business School, one of Europe’s leading business schools, to offer an MBA with a regional flavor, following an extensive marketing study in the Middle East which included Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, United Arab Emirates and Lebanon.
Arabian Gulf University
The Arabian Gulf University (AGU) is a preeminent regional institute of graduate and medical education founded by the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in 1980. The University offers innovative programs in several medical undergraduate (MD) and graduate (MSc and PhD) programs in both the college of Medicine and Medical Sciences, and in diverse studies including the Environment, Natural Resources Management, Biotechnology and Special Education in the college of Graduate Studies.
A third school is the French Arabian Business School that currently offers an 18-month MBA program in cooperation with the French ESSEC Business School in France. The university is accredited by the National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment (NCAAA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is highly ranked as a regional University.
French Arabian School
The genesis of French Arabian Business School (FABS) was established in 2007 with an agreement between the Arabian Gulf University, The Paris Chamber of Commerce and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The school was established to “promote human resource skills and develop education, research and expertise in the various areas of management, business administration and finance, which are of particular relevance to the Gulf region.” By combining world class standards and regional specificities, the school’s strategy is to build its own expertise in various fields of management and to achieve excellence in education and best serve the needs of the GCC states. The link with distinguished international universities such as ESSEC and corporations such as AirBusiness Academy enables the FABS to draw upon the experience and reputation of these institutions in the development of innovative programs that are relevant to the needs of the region.
AirBusiness Academy is part of Airbus Group and has been engaged in developing people for more than two decades in Aviation Management, Leadership and Operational Management gaining insight into the management needs of professionals working in the aeronautic industry. AirBusiness Academy began its operations in 1992, in Toulouse - France and has established a second office in Beijing - China. Drawing on its close ties to the aeronautical industry, AirBusiness Academy has an in-house Faculty and over 500 associated Consultants all over the world whose scope includes training design, delivery of customized learning solutions.
ESSEC Business School
ESSEC (École supérieure des sciences économiques et commerciales) is a European leader in global management training. Since its founding in 1907, ESSEC has been developing a unique learning model based on its strong identity and core values of innovation, open-mindedness and responsibility. The school is known for its very competitive entrance exams and has among its notable alumni many CEOs of French and international companies.
ESSEC’s wide range of programs covers undergraduate, graduate and executive education and relies on teaching methods focused upon developing the creativity and critical thinking skills of each individual. More than 141 faculty members, graduates of the world’s finest universities, carry on ESSEC’s world-renowned reputation for superior academic quality. The school, reputed for its international orientation, has partnerships with the best universities all over the world. In addition to these partnerships, ESSEC established a campus in Singapore in 2004.
ESSEC was ranked 8th in the Financial Times ranking of Masters in Management and 3rd for its Masters in Finance in 2011. Leading all French business schools on student placement, ESSEC is the favorite French school among international recruiters.
Vision and Mission
The MBA has been designed to transform mid-career managers into business oriented individuals, mixing academic excellence in the management field and satisfaction of the specific needs of the GCC region.
To train managers able to meet the challenges of the private and public sector in the GCC. The MBA capitalizes on the respective strengths of the Arabian Gulf University on one side and ESSEC Business School and AirBusiness Academy on the other side with the support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The unique combination of expertise from these renowned institutions permits MBA participants to evolve in a truly international environment with Bahrain as the hub and Singapore and Paris serving as satellite campuses.