University of Oxford Saïd
SBS is the University of Oxford’s centre of learning for undergraduate and graduate students in business, management and finance, serving students together with their membership in the traditional colleges of Oxford. With over 500 matriculated graduate students entering each year, it has the largest intake of all graduate business schools in the UK. Undergraduates are also taught as part of the Economics and Management course together with the Economics Department.
While business and management courses have been taught at Oxford since 1965, the school of management was re-branded as Saïd Business School in 1996. It is named after its chief benefactor Wafic Saïd, a Syrian-Saudi Arabian billionaire financier, businessman and philanthropist, who has donated £70 million to date.The current dean is Peter Tufano, who was formerly on the faculty of the Harvard Business School for 22 years.
The Oxford Centre for Management Studies (OCMS) was founded in 1965; the OMCS was the precursor to both what is now Saïd Business School and to Templeton College, the University’s business-focused postgraduate college. Templeton College was named after Sir John Templeton, an American-born Rhodes Scholar and billionaire mutual fund pioneer, who made a significant donation to the college. Initially, OCMS was an “associate institution” of the University, providing executive, graduate and later undergraduate courses in Management Studies. OCMS was renamed Templeton College in 1983, and the University of Oxford School of Management Studies was created in 1991, taking over the undergraduate and graduate degree courses from the college. Saïd Business School was formed in 1996 out of the School of Management Studies.
The new business school building was completed in 2001 with a £28 million benefaction from Wafic Saïd. The building includes an amphitheatre and the Sainsbury Library, and was designed by Edward Jones and Sir Jeremy Dixon. It was built on the site of Oxford Rewley Road railway station. The opening on 5 November 2001 was accompanied by a demonstration by students mainly because of the controversial nature of Wafic Saïd’s donation. (Saïd was associated with the UK’s signing of the Al-Yamamah arms deal.)