Kent Business School Receives 5-year Accreditation from AMBA

Kent Business School officially received re-accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA), one of the world’s leading authorities on post-graduate business education, demonstrating its continuing commitment to excellence in management education.

Upon receiving AMBA accreditation, all current MBA students and recent MBA alumni of Kent Business School are invited to join AMBA’s global member community of more than 57,000 students and alumni in more than 150 countries on a free basis, for networking, thought leadership, career development, and a variety of benefits.

AMBA accredits the MBA at the School, which is taught in both full-time and part-time modes.  Accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) represents the highest standard of achievement in post-graduate business education. Its rigorous assessment criteria ensure that only the highest-calibre programmes which demonstrate the best standards in teaching, curriculum, and student interaction achieve Association of MBAs accreditation.

The latest accreditation renewal ensures that Kent Business School holds its ‘triple crown’ of accreditations from European Foundation for Management Development (EQUIS)Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and AMBA. This is held by just one per cent of business schools, worldwide.

Members of AMBA’s accreditation panel, representing senior management at AMBA-accredited Business Schools globally, commended the School’s approach to building partnerships in developing economies which they thought was, ‘distinguishing, transformational, and impactful’. The panel also mentioned the inspiring leadership at the School and of the MBA programme, which they felt had added to the transformation and development of the programme.  Finally, the panel noted that, in their discussions with MBA students and graduates, the Student Support Services had been highlighted as providing important help and assistance to the cohorts, during their time at the School.

Professor Marian Garcia, Dean of Kent Business School, said: “The Kent MBA and MSc Management courses are an integral part of our educational offering, and we are proud to provide outstanding postgraduate management training to shape the leadership figures of tomorrow.  The rigorous assessment carried out by the team at AMBA left no stone unturned in our practices, teaching methods, careers, and employability support. Being validated is gratifying but pays homage to the calibre of academic teaching staff and support staff here at KBS and the improved prospects that are gained by those who study with us.”

Debbie Kemp, Programme Leader for The Kent MBA said: “I am delighted that our MBA programme has been re-accredited by AMBA.  Our focus on Sustainable Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Transformational Leadership have been recognised as our core strengths and this is attracting fantastic students and staff globally who are a pleasure to teach and work with.”

AMBA accreditation is international in scope and reach, and AMBA works under the belief that accredited programmes should be of the highest standard and reflect changing trends and innovation in post-graduate management education. Its accreditation process reflects this commitment to fostering innovation, and demanding Business Schools to perform at the highest level continually.

Andrew Main Wilson, Chief Executive of the Association of MBAs and Business Graduates Association (BGA) said: “I am delighted that Kent Business School has received re-accreditation. I would personally like to congratulate every member of staff who worked towards this achievement. This School is an important part of our network of world leading Business Schools and I look forward to working closely with this School, and its students and graduates in the future.”

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David Woods-Hale, Director of Marketing and Communications, AMBA & BGA –

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