The accreditation of our MBA program in March 2015 by a respected Japanese international accreditation body, Alliance On Business Education And Scholarship For Tomorrow, A 21st Century Organization (ABEST21) has brought far-reaching implications to both the program and the AAGBS community. Beginning from its membership application in 2011, the School began to subscribe to the aspirations of ABEST21 in humanizing the business education programs while continuing to foster the idea of collaboration, cooperation and mutual understanding among its members and networks. With respect to its accredition process, all Peer Review Visits have been in-depth, straightforward and focused.
The accreditation process requires School members to have a very carefully planned, systematic method for information gathering and solid teamwork. It has been a tremendous help to the school in setting the right direction for the development of our MBA program, and has helped the School members in further understanding where our existing strengths lie.
Additionally, it provides us with a framework that enables us to demonstrate accountability to our stakeholders. The accreditation process brings our academic community together in reflecting our performance and helps to define targets for coming years. The criteria set is high-level yet realistic, and it challenges the school to pursue continuous improvement in operating and managing the MBA program. More importantly, the accreditation provides us an independent quality test, and demonstrates that our program meets the rigorous standards that are expected of a high-quality Business School by the corporate world.