Initial EFMD Programme Accreditation for ICD Business School and the Graduate School of International Management, Aoyama Gakuin University

Initial EFMD Programme-ICD_ABS Accreditations

We are pleased to announce that ICD Business School, Grande Ecole Programme and the Graduate School of International Management, Aoyama Gakuin University, MBA Programme have recently been granted initial EFMD Programme Accreditation. Congratulations to both schools!

Barbara Sporn, Director of EFMD Programme Accreditation, commented: ‘We are happy to welcome these two programmes into the pool of EFMD accredited programmes. It is always a privilege to accompany them on their journey towards excellence, and we hope that the programme accreditation will positively impact the schools’ strategic development.’

ICD Business School, France – Grande Ecole Programme

‘ICD Business School is proud to have achieved EFMD Programme Accreditation for our Grande Ecole Masters Programme. International recognition as a high-quality management education provider will support our strategic ambition to develop new partnerships with leading institutions and increase our appeal to overseas students with a special interest in sales, marketing and business development. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate our staff for many months of hard work and dedication, guided and supported by the EFMD team,’ commented Faroudja Bouchentouf, Dean of ICD Business School.

ICD Business School is a member of the French Federation of Grandes Ecoles. The school offers a variety of programmes going from undergraduate Bachelors-level courses to specialised Masters-level courses, primarily in sales, marketing and business development.

ICD Business School, Grande Ecole Programme benefits from a strong alumni network that showcases an outstanding commitment and represents a valuable connection to the world of practice. The large and active network not only represents a significant contribution to teaching as adjunct professionals but also provides ample opportunities for internships.

Graduate School of International Management (a.k.a. Aoyama Business School, ABS), Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan – MBA Programme

Dean Munenori Nakasato had the following to say about the school’s achievement. ‘We are delighted to have been awarded EFMD Programme Accreditation for our MBA. The accreditation process was a great opportunity to benchmark our performance against rigorous international standards. The accreditation is an external validation of the high quality and professional relevance of our MBA program. This accreditation reinforces the ABS’s mission to contribute to fostering creative leaders who fulfil their social responsibility and serve as global citizens, and to developing a prosperous future through our leading research activities.’

Aoyama Business School benefits from a solid national reputation. With over 18,000 students, the school showcases a strong sense of social responsibility which reflects its mission to ‘foster creative leaders who fulfil their social responsibility and serve as global citizens, and to develop a prosperous future through our leading research activities’.

Since its eligibility, ABS’ MBA has showcased impressive progress, especially regarding the developments made to the programme design and the implementation of an ILO system. An engaged faculty and a dedicated programme director strengthen the school’s willingness to optimise the student learning experience.

During the same Accreditation Board meeting, the following institutions were also granted EFMD Programme Re-accreditation:

  • Coventry Business School, Coventry University, UK for its BA (Hons) Business Management and its BA (Hons) Advertising and Marketing
  • Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM), Cyprus, for its Master in Business Administration (MBA)
  • International School of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia, for its Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Bachelor of International Business (BIB) Programme Set and its Bachelor of International Marketing & Logistics Administration (BIMLA) and Bachelor of Administration & Service (BA&S) Programme Set
  • School of Business Administration, Al Akhawayn University Ifrane, Morocco, for its Bachelor of Business Administration

About EFMD Programme Accreditation

EFMD Accredited is a comprehensive programme accreditation system for business and/or management degrees and courses, including face-to-face, blended and online provisions. It constitutes a benchmark for what is considered an internationally recognised and peer-reviewed programme.

The accreditation covers all facets of programme provision: from its institutional, national and international environment, through its design, delivery, outcomes and impacts, to its quality assurance processes.

EFMD Accredited emphasises academic rigour, practical relevance, internationalisation, ethics and sustainability. EFMD Programme Accreditation helps schools strive for excellence in an ongoing improvement process following each accreditation or re-accreditation visit.

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Currently, there are 133 EFMD Accredited programmes from 102 institutions in 39 countries.