Speaking on the appointment, Dr Waqar Ahmad, Chancellor of ADU
, said: “As an ambitious College of Business with world leading professional accreditations, it is critical to ensure we have a world-class academician and leader at the helm. In Professor Chris Pitelis, we have found just such a leader.
“He has completed a successful tenure as head of industry partnerships at the Cambridge Judge Business School in the University of Cambridge, and as professor of leading business schools at the University of Bath and in the UK, Europe and Australia, President of Hellenic Organization of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, a nation-wide organization supporting small and medium sized enterprises, and as Head of Business School at Brunel University London.
Dr Ahmad added: “With impeccable credentials to head our ambitious College of Business, we are confident that under his leadership, Abu Dhabi University
will continue to enhance our contribution to realizing the UAE’s vision for progress, now and in the future.”
The College of Business at Abu Dhabi University offers seven undergraduate and 10 postgraduate programs, as well as the highly regarded Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) degree, across its three campuses in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai. The College’s programs are kept industry relevant and future proof.
ADU’s College of Business is accredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the global accrediting body for business schools offering undergraduate and postgraduate programs, as well as the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). Less than one percent of business schools across the world boast this dual accreditation.
For his part, Professor Pitelis said: “Having worked at some of the world’s top business schools, I’m impressed both by the achievements and the potential of ADU’s College of Business. I will work closely with our faculty members, students, and relevant stakeholders to ensure the sustained advancement of the college. This is crucial to the development and growth of our students and their future careers, and will enable the College to support industry and public policy to foster sustainable international competitiveness and national prosperity.”
About Abu Dhabi University (ADU)
Abu Dhabi University (ADU), an internationally recognized university for quality education and applied research that fosters academic excellence and continued growth, was established in 2003, three years after a charter for the university as a key driver of socio-economic growth, was launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in the Al Dhafra Region.
At its campuses in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Dubai, ADU’s mission is to go beyond educating students and to contribute in strengthening the UAE’s global position as a progressive and innovative nation through its internationally competitive programs, world-class faculty, and educational resources. The University aims to hone the creative talent, critical thinking and leadership skills of the nation’s youth and empower them to become global leaders and lifelong learners.
Striving towards educational excellence, ADU is the first university in the country to receive the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award in 2010 and the first private higher education institution in the UAE and the GCC region to receive an international academic accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). ADU’s College of Business Administration holds international accreditations from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the prestigious EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). In addition, its College of Engineering has earned the accreditation of the world-renowned Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) and Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET.
Dedicated to achieving excellence on all international academic levels, ADU is ranked in the top 2.8% of universities worldwide in the prestigious Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Universities Ranking, scoring third on the “International Faculty Index” for its faculty’s diverse cultural backgrounds, and ninth on the “International Student Index” for its international student body. Moreover, ADU also ranked in QS’s top 150 leading institutions under 50 years, and in the top 7 of all private young universities in the world, the top 3 of all private young universities in the Arab World, and the top 16 of all private universities around the world.
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