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Among many benefits an AMBA Accredited MBA gives, Andrew Main Wilson highlights its international dimension: “An MBA from a quality AMBA Accredited school, which can offer you a globally oriented curriculum, international faculty teaching it, and talented cohort of students from all over the world with experience in many different industries, will give you a practical business education experience that is unsurpassed. More and more schools are now offering several weeks or a semester on a campus overseas, usually in Europe, Asia or North America. Whilst not essential, this is well worth considering.”


AMBA’s Chief Executive advises potential MBA students to be bold and select a programme that will fast track their knowledge in the subjects and disciplines in which they lack experience: “If you are a talented financial accountant or management accountant, select an MBA with a strong reputation in marketing, strategy, or technology, because one of the main advantages of an MBA is improving your all round general management skills, such that you can become a managing director, CEO, or even start your own business in future.”


AMBA Accreditation Criteria


Unlike unaccredited business schools, a business school with an AMBA accreditation needs to satisfy strict criteria to achieve and maintain the accreditation from AMBA. This complex process, which normally takes a year, is a guarantee for students enrolling in AMBA accredited MBA programmes that their programme is of the highest standard. Accreditation involves looking in detail at over 100 different aspects of the school and the programme. These requirements include: stringent admission criteria, a functioning career service, an active alumni network, involvement of corporates in the design of the curriculum and teaching of the programme as adjunct faculty or guest speakers.


During the accreditation process, an AMBA panel visits not only the main campus, but also other locations of MBA provision, with which the school has an affiliation, such as offshore campuses and partner institutions. In addition to that, the majority of the MBA teaching team is actively involved in management research and consultancy. In order to achieve AMBA Accreditation, 75% of the institution’s teaching staff must have a relevant postgraduate degree and the majority of faculty must hold a Doctorate. In order to accomplish programme diversity, students are required to have a minimum of three years appropriate and relevant postgraduate work experience and an average of five years across the class.


The Value of Accreditation AMBA Accreditation is an assurance of quality earned only by the best programmes. It is a prestigious accolade – AMBA accredits just 1% of the world’s MBA Schools and has the broadest global reach of any Accreditation Organisation, accrediting schools in 52 countries worldwide.


The benefits of AMBA accreditation for Students, Business Schools, Graduates and Employers


Students: Accreditation is an assurance of quality For students, the decision to take an MBA represents a major commitment, both in terms of time and money. In a crowded and complex market, AMBA accreditation provides a reliable list of meticulously tested programmes and ensures that students' investments are rewarded with the finest business education available, which will have a demonstrable impact on their careers.


Employers: Acquiring future business leaders Employers looking to acquire the best managers and future business leaders know that graduates of AMBA accredited programmes have received the highest quality and most relevant management education. To recruit a graduate from one of AMBA accredited programmes is to recruit top talent.


Business Schools: International credibility and status


Accreditation gives business schools international credibility and status. There are approximately 20.000 Educational establishments offering MBA programmes around the world, but only a small percentage of these would achieve accreditation if they were submitted to AMBA’s rigorous criteria. Accreditation by the Association of MBAs identifies programmes as the best there is. The developmental nature of AMBA accreditation process often helps business schools spot potential shortcomings in their programmes, and their comprehensive and consultative report outlines recommendations for improving provision in the future


Graduates: Connecting with individuals from the best global MBA programmes AMBA Membership means that MBA Graduates can network with one another, knowing that they are connecting with individuals from the best global MBA programmes. AMBA member services provided to graduates from AMBA accredited business schools include careers support, job portals, networking opportunities, access to the latest research, and CPD events and training. MBA graduates know that AMBA accreditation opens doors and opportunities for them.


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