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Hands-on Learning and Global Education: Top Priorities at the UAFS College of Business

With a population of 86,000, Fort Smith, Arkansas is known for its enticing harmony of natural beauty, nightlife, and historical richness. In the heart of the city lies the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (UAFS), a thriving hub of student life and academics.


Dr. Subramanian

Dean College of Business

Gaining Real World Experience

“Because we are a small school, we have a very hands-on approach. Classes have a teacher-student ratio of 1:16, which allows for a lot of practical work. Learning outcomes and assessments are less dependent on exams and more dependent on projects and presentations,” explained College of Business Dean, Dr. Ashok Subramanian.

The university’s AACSB-accredited College of Business focuses on leadership and professional development. The Bachelor of Business Administration prepares students for business careers with a focus on accounting, business administration, finance, marketing, or international business.

Internship opportunities and professional organizations ensure that students graduate with meaningful work experience and connections. “Our students are involved in real projects and they are actively building portfolios and a network of professional connections,” Dr. Subramanian commented.

International Student Life at UAFS College of Business

With support staff available to assist international students with everything from academic planning to logistics, the UAFS College of Business is a safe and welcoming environment.

The College of Business hopes to expand its offerings to international students with future programs such as Business English and an accelerated International MBA. Dr. Subramanian envisions programs, such as Marketing Analytics and Financial Analytics, to be strengthened by prioritizing global diversity.

“I am a strong proponent of international education because business is a global phenomenon. I want to have more international students here and more of our students going overseas,” Dr. Subramanian concluded.

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