PRESS RELEASE: UvA Faculty of Economics & Business Joins AMBA

 The Faculty of Economics & Business at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) 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 Han van Dissel, dean of UvA Economics and Business, is delighted with the result. ‘We aim to foster independent minds with an impact on international business and society at large by offering research-based teaching that meets the highest international standards. The prestigious global hallmark by AMBA underscores the success of our efforts at enabling students to  develop their capacities to optimum effect.’

Professor Marc Salomon, dean Amsterdam Business School and programme director MBA Big Data: ‘The AMBA panel evaluated our Amsterdam MBA and its three tracks: General Management, Big Data & Business Analytics, and Healthcare Management.  The MBA track in Healthcare Management was developed in partnership with the healthcare industry. We are pleased that the panel has emphasised the importance of this programme for the healthcare sector. Big Data & Business Analytics track focuses on people with a strong quantitative background who want to apply advanced analytics within a business context. This MBA was the first of its kind in Europe to combine ABC: Analytics, Business and Computer Science. It has allowed us to attract extremely talented students.’

About UvA Economics and Business

The faculty has about 5,300 students and 375 members of staff. Education at UvA Economics and Business falls under two Schools and one College: The Amsterdam Business School (ABS) and Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE). The College offer three-year bachelor’s programmes and the schools one-year master’s programmes and executive programmes, like the MBA’s. Research at UvA Economics and Business is carried out at the Amsterdam School of Economics Research Institute (ASE-RI) and the Amsterdam Business School Research Institute (ABS-RI). In addition to a focus on research, the UvA Economics and Business also has close ties to the domestic and international business community. This gives education a direct link with practice and ensure that it has links with society and the community at large. In a recent National Student Survey (NSA), UvA Economics and Business’ largest Master’s programme, Business Administration, was voted as the best MSc Business Administration programme in the Netherlands.

Upon receiving AMBA accreditation, all current MBA / MBM / DBA 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.

AMBA Chief Executive Andrew Main Wilson said:

‘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 The Faculty of Economics & Business at the University of Amsterdam 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.’