PRESS RELEASE: Koç University joins world's elite MBA/EMBA providers with AMBA Accreditation

Koç University has officially received accreditation from The Association of MBAs (AMBA), one of the leading authorities on postgraduate business education.

The Association of MBAs (AMBA) accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education and is earned only by the best post graduate management programmes. AMBA accredits the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Business Management (MBM) and Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) courses in only the top 2% of the world’s business schools.

AMBA’s rigorous assessment criteria ensure that only highest-calibre programmes which demonstrate the best standards in teaching, curriculum, and student interaction achieve Association of MBAs accreditation. AMBA accreditation is international in scope and reach and we work with senior academics at top educational institutions around the world to continuously update accreditation criteria and maintain one unique, in-depth and detailed approach. AMBA believes accredited programmes should be of the highest standard and reflect changing trends and innovation in postgraduate management education and as such the accreditation process reflects this commitment to fostering innovation and challenges business schools to continuously perform at the highest level.

Professor Stefan Wuyts, Director of Koç University Graduate School of Business:

‘I am delighted that AMBA has decided to award accreditation for a full five years; this once more proves the success of our University’s dedication to creating an unrivalled learning experience and cultivating Turkey’s finest graduates.

As the first and only business programmes in Turkey to receive AMBA accreditation, the Koç University MBA and EMBA programmes are the first choice for candidates in Turkey and the region who wish to develop managerial and professional business skills beyond that of their peers. Our graduates benefit from an internationally recognised programme that will give advantages they will not find anywhere else in Turkey. We are especially proud to have exceeded the expectations of the AMBA evaluation panel and the accreditation is further testimony to our rigorous and challenging learning programmes, taught by world-renowned faculty.’

Upon receiving AMBA accreditation, all current MBA/EMBA students and recent alumni of Accredited Schools, are invited to join AMBA’s global member community of more than 18,500 students and alumni in more than 100 countries, for networking, thought leadership, career development and a variety of perks and benefits.

George Iliev, Director of Development Markets at AMBA, said:

‘It is great to see Koç University join the AMBA family, becoming the 239th AMBA-accredited institution worldwide and the first in Turkey. The AMBA peer review team, including deans and directors from the UK, the Netherlands and Tunisia, visited the Koç University Graduate School of Business in July 2016 and commended the School on its distinctive ethos; excellence in research and teaching; outstanding international networks; and leading role in Turkey. The School runs remarkable MBA and EMBA programmes at a state-of-the-art university campus. With its strong connections to the corporate world, stellar reputation and visionary leadership, the School has fully deserved its AMBA accreditation, officially awarded in August 2016.’

AMBA Chief Executive Andrew Main Wilson added:

‘AMBA is a truly global business organisation and the only accrediting body that specifically focuses on accrediting MBA programmes. We are very particular about who we accredit. In fact, AMBA accredits less than 5% of the world entire portfolio of business schools. Operating as both an accreditation and membership organisation, AMBA is unique in the postgraduate management field, as we bring together the business leaders of tomorrow with the thought leaders of today.

‘With its accreditation Koç University joins the world’s leading business schools. We value working closely with them and AMBA’s MBA members to ensure outstanding postgraduate management education continues to be the top priority for employers, governments and ambitious executives who will become the global business leaders of the future.’


<pNotes to Editors

  • Koç University Graduate School of Business was founded in 1993 to become a centre of excellence in Turkey for the leaders of the 21st Century. Offering an array of cross-disciplinary programs tailored to the needs of students, Koç University Graduate School of Business is the leading business school in Turkey and remains committed to cultivating the nation’s most competent graduates. Our graduates are trained to be global leaders with a strong sense of purpose, who are able to show leadership and vision for their organisation and society in any situation. The Koç University MBA and Executive MBA programs provide a comprehensive business education involving a rigorous and innovative curriculum taught by world class faculty. 
  • AMBA currently accredits programmes at over 230 business schools in more than 70 different countries. AMBA is the only professional membership association connecting MBA students and graduates, accredited business schools and MBA employers in more than 110 countries.
  • For students, the decision to take an MBA represents a major commitment, both in terms of time and money. In a crowded and complex market, our accreditation provides a reliable list of meticulously tested programmes and ensures that students' investments are rewarded with the finest business education available, which will have a demonstrable impact on their careers.
  • Employers looking to acquire the best managers and future business leaders know that graduates of our accredited programmes have received the highest quality and most relevant management education. To recruit a graduate from one of our accredited programmes is to recruit top talent.
  • Accreditation provides business schools with international credibility and status. The number of MBA qualifications available worldwide is now in the thousands, but only a small percentage of these would achieve accreditation if they were submitted to our rigorous international criteria. AMBA accreditation identifies programmes as the best available. The developmental nature of our accreditation process often helps business schools spot potential shortcomings in their programmes, and our comprehensive and consultative report outlines recommendations for improving provision in the future. 
  • AMBA Membership means that MBA Graduates can network with one another, knowing that they are connecting with individuals from the best global MBA programmes. Our member services provided to graduates from AMBA accredited business schools include careers support, job portals, networking opportunities, access to the latest research, and CPD events and training. MBA graduates know that AMBA accreditation opens doors and opportunities for them.
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