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GUST has continually improved and expanded its educational and organizational capacities while steadily increasing its enrollments. In 2014, the University powered through to achieve two more prestigious accreditations. The first is by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the worldwide leader in assuring quality and stimulating innovation in applied science, computing, and engineering since 1932. GUST joined the elite institutions of the world in August 2014 as the only university in Kuwait to attain the accreditation for its computer science degree, and one of only 25 accredited programs outside the United States.

The second accreditation achieved in 2014 was from AACSB-International, where GUST’s College of Business Administration joined less than five percent of the world’s business programs to achieve this accreditation. GUST is the only premier private university in Kuwait to receive this esteemed recognition by AACSB, an institution that has been devoted to the advancement of management education for over 95 years. AACSB represents the highest achievement for all business schools.

The conference (I3E2018) aims to bring together a variety of disciplines and the research communities for the advancement of knowledge regarding the use and management of ICTs for enabling the future digital nations through smart cities and innovation without compromising the sustainability needs of the future. To achieve this goal, we invite researchers and practitioners to present their ideas and findings to the 17thIFIP Conference on e-Business, e-Services, and e-Society to be held at the Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) to be held in Kuwait in October 2018. Theoretical and empirical papers employing quantitative, qualitative, and/or critical methods are welcomed.