I feel both privileged and proud to be the
Dean of the College of Business Administration (COBA). Our college is
renowned for its friendly and innovative environment, challenging programs and
picturesque campus with state of the art facilities.
In the past few years both the local and
global business environment has witnessed massive changes. The business
environment can best be described as turbulent, technologically driven,
network-based and highly competitive. Business schools must therefore be
forward looking and proactive in order to respond to these changes. My goal is to
ensure that our business students gain the necessary skills and entrepreneurial
mindset so they can become innovative thinkers who are capable of responding to
today’s global business challenge with confidence and to have a profound impact
on the global business landscape.
The College of
Business Administration is a place with endless opportunities. COBA offers a
wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs. We offer undergraduate
degree program in all functions of business including Accounting, Finance,
Management, Marketing, Management Information Systems and Public
The Executive MBA Program
(EMBA) offers a highly rewarding and stimulating business education in an
innovative learning environment. At the EMBA, you will join a select group of
students. Your colleagues have diverse experience and background in management
to ensure an interactive learning environment. The newly launched MBA program offers three tracks: Health Care Management, Islamic Finance and General Track.
COBA is accredited by
the Ministry of Higher Education and soon to be accredited by the Association
to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) the gold standard in business
education. We encourage you to explore COBA website and or communicate with the
office of the Dean.
Under my leadership we
intend to embark on rebuilding faculty and staff numbers in new and innovative
areas that reflect market and industry needs in the region as well as recent
trends in management education. We are confident that this innovative portfolio
of professional programs will provide our students with knowledge, skills and
competencies to be leaders of tomorrow.
COBA is a student
oriented community. Your professional journey begins at our college, where
building your career is our mission. Your faculty enjoys a world class
reputation for their teaching innovation and research. They are committed to
your intellectual and professional development. Your program is designed to
ensure that you develop the skills that are necessary for a successful career.
You will receive advice and mentorship during your program of study. COBA is
committed to each student’s life long career as a successful industry leader
and a valued member in the society. Our impressive alumni network of
successful entrepreneurs and industry leaders are at the core of COBA
At COBA the learning
process goes beyond the classroom. Our students engage in hands-on business
learning opportunities ranging from managing an investment portfolio to
preparing a business plan. Our goal is to integrate the University
technological advances with experience-based learning to develop future entrepreneurs
and corporate leaders. Our students are creating innovative business models to
local, regional and global communities through projects that address
sustainability, startups, business ethics, leadership, strategic management,
family business, branding, supply chain management to name a few. As part of
the our learning process students are encouraged to participate in internship
and training programs in prestigious organizations such as Microsoft, Air
Arabia , Ettihad Airways, Sharjah Chamber of Commerce, Ernst & Young, KPMG,
Paris Gallery, Central Bank, Etisalat and Securities and Commodities Authority.
COBA is located
in the heart of the University City of Sharjah known in the region
for its landscape picturesque campus and state of the art facilities
including top notch libraries up to date computer facilities and laboratories,
modern sports facilities. The two student centers at UOS provide convenient facilities
including shops, banks, hair salons, restaurants, and coffee shops. COBA is also a fun place to be. The Business Students’ Association
and various business clubs organize numerous activities including social
events, competitions, trips and much more.
We are all proud of
our college. With innovative programs and a unique learning environment we
are creating new standards in management education in the region. Come and join
our COBA community as we pursue the future of business.
I look forward to
Professor, Abu Bakr
Dean, College of Business