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that you will experience a global outlook in all the electives that you study.

The MBA is an enriching pool of experience and cultural diversity, which is often identified as a major benefit because the experience and perspectives are also a key source of the learning. However, not only do the students add to the diversity, many of the courses on offer have international partnerships and study tours. Our accredited business schools have broadened beyond the textbook case studies. For example, Cranfield Business School has sent approximately 25 teams of students to 20 different countries to assist NGOs, Durham Business School has introduced a new International Enterprise Project where students work on real business issues with the local communities in Sri Lanka, and Cass Business School has a partnership with Singapore Management University which offers their Executive MBA students an opportunity for an international elective in Singapore.

The choice of good quality business schools across the world continues to grow as we see more schools in China and India look to gain international recognition and to benchmark their high educational standards with Association of MBAs accreditation. For the student, knowing an MBA programme has accreditation from the Association of MBAs means the degree has quality assurance. It means the business school’s standards have been benchmarked on an international scale and that employers will recognise their MBA as one of the best.

It isn’t enough to simply have an MBA. Recruiters want to know where you studied. Jörg Wiemer

says he thinks that attending an accredited MBA school is good as it is a quality seal. “Good schools attract good people, so if you want to expand your network it makes sense to go for a well-known business school.” His choice of an accredited school in Germany lead to Jörg finding the friends with whom he then founded a new venture.

The MBA is a significant investment both financially and of your time. So it’s important to invest in a programme with the prestige and reputation to help you with your career.

Alumni say that an accredited MBA provides an entrée to industries and roles that would just not be possible without one; it just makes your past experience more transferable and it gives you the professional confidence. The MBA adds to your experience, as together with the theory, it gives you an understanding of what creates a sustainable advantage that can lead to business and management success.

The MBA is essentially a generalist qualification, designed to widen the horizons of students to take account of all the major functions of a business as well as their interactions in practice. Most schools offer a range of electives designed to meet the career goals of the student, or the sector in which he/she is already operating. It is important to look at all the different MBA programmes offered by business schools so you can choose a programme to suit your career plans.

There are 194 business schools offering world-class MBA programmes accredited by the Association of MBAs. These MBA programmes equip the

individual with enhanced creativity, a wider variety of problem-solving approaches and better-quality decision making. The MBA encourages a student to look beyond his/her own experience and generate fresh business thinking by adopting new approaches and looking at how a business can be transformed and developed.

Applications and enrolments in accredited MBA programmes have increased worldwide according to the Association of MBAs latest Intake and Graduation Research Report. There were a total of 120,000 enrolments in accredited MBA programmes in more than 75 countries across the world, with 25% of these in Europe, 23% in Latin America, 20% in the UK, while enrolments in China were 15% of the total figure, in Russia 5% and in Australasia 3.5%.

There are many different MBA programmes to choose from worldwide so it is important to be able to differentiate. While you will need to find the kind of MBA programme that suits you - either the specialisation, the location or the study format – choosing an MBA that has been accredited by the Association of MBAs helps you be assured of quality, innovation, excellent faculty and peers who will add to your learning experience.

To find out more about the Association of MBAs, to research MBA study and to find an

accredited MBA programme, visit

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