AUB Selected for WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award


Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), the leading data research platform and business intelligence tool for corporate, academic and government institutions worldwide, has announced the American University of Beirut as the EMEA region winner of the WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award.

A part of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, WRDS provides global corporations, universities and regulatory agencies the thought leadership, data access and insights needed to enable impactful research.

The award was created through a unique collaboration with SSRN and Elsevier to honor emerging business schools.

“Together, WRDS and SSRN elevate the visibility, impact and credibility of an institution’s research,” a press release said.

The award was presented to Dr. Steve Harvey during the AACSB EMEA Conference in Paris.

“I am very pleased to present the WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award to the American University of Beirut,” said Robert Zarazowski, Managing Director of WRDS.

“Supporting and advancing research is at the heart of what we do at WRDS, and it is wonderful to be able to honor the American University of Beirut for its commitment to growth and innovation in academic research,” he added.

"We are thrilled with this recognition as a school committed to high-quality research with reach and impact,” said Dr. Steve Harvey, Dean of Suliman S. Olayan School of Business. “It will serve to energize us even more to continue our focus on bringing actionable knowledge to the fore."

Gregg Gordon, Managing Director of SSRN, added: “Congratulations to the American University of Beirut for this achievement. SSRN is excited to continue to partner with WRDS and provide greater visibility to business schools, like American University of Beirut through this innovation award and the WRDS Research Paper Series on SSRN.”

Three universities are selected annually from across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific regions.