AACSB International has announced the accreditation of nine new business schools.
The newly-accredited business schools span seven countries. They include the following:
Saudi Arabia's King Abdulaziz University, which is also accredited by AMBA. The business school becomes the second AACSB-accredited business school in Saudi Arabia, after King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). King Abdulaziz University offers an Executive MBA program.
China's Zhejiang University, which, with AACSB accreditation, becomes the sixth business school in the country to gain triple accreditation.
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, which offers a flexible MBA program aimed at working professionals, with classes delivered on weeknights and Saturdays.
Indiana's Purdue University Calumet, which offers a part-time MBA with concentrations in Accounting and Management Information Systems.
The Hoboken, New Jersey-based Stevens Institute of Technology's Howe School of Technology Management, which offers a Flex MBA program and an Executive MBA program. The school also offers a dual-degree MBA/MS in Technology Management.
The University of New Haven, which offers a full-time MBA program aimed at recent college graduates with little or no professional experience. The business school also offers a Flexible MBA programs with classes delivered at night or online, as well as an Executive MBA program.
Canada's University of Windsor Odette School of Business, which has a 14-month MBA program on offer.
Zurich University of Applied Sciences, which becomes Switzerland's third AACSB-accredited business school. The school offers an English-language International Executive MBA program.
France's EM Strasbourg Business School also received AACSB accreditation, but this school does not offer any MBA programs.
To achieve AACSB accreditation, a business school must undergo a rigorous, multi-year process of internal review, engagement with an AACSB assigned mentor, and peer review.
"It takes a great deal of determination for institutions to earn AACSB Accreditation," says Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. "Schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but all parties involved—deans, heads of business units, academic and non-academic staff—must make the commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to every student."
Read about why MBA accreditation is important and see a list of all AACSB-accredited schools that offer MBA programs or all triple-accredited b-schools offering MBAs.
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