AMBA accreditation gained for another five years

27 August 2019

  • WBS among few schools in the world to have triple crown of accreditation
  • AMBA praise collegiate atmosphere and school's sound strategic plan
  • The school's Teaching Academy for faculty praised by inspectors
  • Online learning platform my.wbs described as "remarkable"

Warwick Business School is celebrating after having its accreditation renewed by the Association for MBAs (AMBA).

AMBA has been accrediting business schools since 1970 and is one of three global bodies that assesses the standard of MBA and MSc Management courses, awarding its seal of approval to the world’s top two per cent of business schools in more than 70 countries.

WBS is one of an elite band of business schools in the world that has accreditation from the three global bodies - AMBA, the quality inspectorate for the European Foundation for Management Development (EQUIS), and the US-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which the school was the first UK institution to be accredited by in 1999.

AMBA’s report, which guarantees WBS accreditation for the next five years, commended the school for a host of aspects, including its leadership team for the collegiate and productive atmosphere it has created, as well as the commitment of the faculty and staff and their alignment with the school’s mission, vision and values plus its sound strategic plan.

Andy Lockett, Dean and Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, said: “This is great news for the school and for students. It shows that anybody applying for our MBA or MSc Management courses can be confident they will be gaining a high-quality education. It also means students are assured that their education will be valued by future employers.

“The panel of Deans from other AMBA-accredited business schools spent a lot of time rigorously examining our teaching methods, careers department and administrative support for students. It has been an intensive process for our staff in readying the necessary documents and undergoing interviews, so it is pleasing to see such a positive report from AMBA.

“It was particularly pleasing that AMBA found high student satisfaction with the learning experience and talked of students’ pride in being part of the Warwick community.”

In the five years since its last inspection WBS has grown extensively, adding a £30 million extension to its Warwick campus and expanding into London on two floors of The Shard to deliver its suite of executive programmes, including the DBA and new Executive Diplomas.

AMBA praises "remarkable" online teaching platform

WBS has also risen up the rankings, with its Distance Learning MBA being ranked number one in the world by the Financial Times, its Full-Time MBA named the best in the world for sustainability by Corporate Knights and rated best in the UK by The Economist, while its MSc Management is 21st in the world and third in the UK according to the Financial Times.

As well as having partnerships with business schools all over the world that allows students to study modules in more than 60 countries, including China, the US, Italy and Brazil, WBS is also the first UK business school to be awarded silver by Athena SWAN, a scheme recognising higher education establishment’s work on gender equality.

AMBA commended the school on its support for academic staff, especially the establishment of a Teaching Academy for faculty to give them ongoing training, and its unique in-house, online teaching platform my.wbs, which it described as “particularly remarkable”.

Andrew Main Wilson, CEO of AMBA and its sister organisation, the Business Graduates Association (BGA), said: “I would like to extend my congratulations to the team at Warwick Business School on their achievement of AMBA re-accreditation.

“In a world punctuated by disruption and uncertainty, the provision of high-quality business education that enables leaders to take businesses and economies through times of volatility has never been more important.

"We look forward to working closely with colleagues at Warwick – as well as its students and graduates – to ensure that outstanding post-graduate management education continues to be a top priority among employers, governments, and ambitious executives who are destined to become the global business leaders of tomorrow.

“We take great pride in working with this inspirational network of business educators and those who are committed to enhancing and developing management and leadership in order to shape the world for the better.”

All current MBA graduates of Warwick Business School can join AMBA’s global community of 45,000 student and alumni members that are based in more than 150 countries by clicking here.

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