Monday 03 October 2022 - 4:03:28 pm

American University of Sharjah, University of South Carolina partner to offer dual PhD


SHARJAH, 21st April, 2022 (WAM) -- The American University of Sharjah (AUS) and the University of South Carolina (UofSC) have signed a new agreement for students seeking a PhD in Business Administration (PhD-BA) with a specialisation in Finance, to obtain a dual doctorate from both universities.

This new agreement between AUS and UofSC will allow their respective PhD-BA students to spend the second year of their PhD programme abroad, benefiting from the experience of international study and the awarding of a degree from two high-ranking institutions.

The PhD-BA at UofSC is offered by the Darla Moore School of Business, one of the United States’ most renowned business schools, while the AUS PhD-BA is offered through the university’s School of Business Administration (SBA).

Dr. Narjess Boubakri, SBA Dean, said, "A PhD from either Darla Moore or SBA is an impressive feat. However, having a PhD degree from both institutions will be enormously beneficial to students looking to accelerate their position as business leaders or pursue careers in academia. This dual degree programme now makes a PhD from abroad possible for these students, as they need only spend one year abroad. Such experience will give them a wealth of international connections and an appreciation of diverse cultures."

Prof. Kendall Roth, Senior Associate Dean of International Programmes and Partnerships at Darla Moore, commented, "Partnering with one of the most prestigious universities in the region is a real honour and very exciting for us. We also look forward to new collaborations between our professors at the frontiers of research in international business and finance."

Students in the programme will be under the supervision of faculty from both universities, and their research dissertation will be co-supervised by faculty from both AUS and UofSC. However, students will need to take only one comprehensive exam, which will be administered by both institutions and the time to complete the dual programme is the same as the standard programme.

WAM/Khoder Nashar/Hatem Mohamed