National University of Ireland Galway J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, receives AMBA re-accreditation and confirms itself in the top 2% of Business Schools globally

J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics at National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) officially received re-accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA), one of the world’s leading authorities on post-graduate business education, demonstrating its continuing commitment to excellence in management education.

Upon receiving AMBA accreditation, all current MBA students and recent MBA alumni of J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics are invited to join AMBA’s global member community of more than 60,000 students and alumni in more than 150 countries on a free basis, for networking, thought leadership, career development, and a variety of benefits.

Accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) represents the highest standard of achievement in post-graduate business education. Its rigorous assessment criteria ensure that only the highest-calibre programmes which demonstrate the best standards in teaching, curriculum, and student interaction achieve Association of MBAs accreditation.

The J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics is one of 19 Schools which make up NUI Galway). The  university’s MBA programme will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2022.

Members of AMBA’s accreditation panel, representing senior management at AMBA-accredited Business Schools globally, commended the School’s scholarship programme, which they saw had substantial support from external funding, and had been successful in achieving greater diversity in the MBA student population. The panel recognised an increasing number of female students enrolling onto the MBA at the School over the past three years.

The panel also noted that there was a strong and collegiate culture at the School and the staff were clearly engaged with the MBA programme.

The panel commended the School’s swift adaptation due to the Covid-19 pandemic in ensuring that student learning was not compromised.

Speaking about the achievement, Professor Alma McCarthy, Head of J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway, said: ‘The NUI Galway MBA has a long tradition of success over the past five decades and has contributed substantially to management and leadership development in the region and nationally. The MBA programme at NUI Galway will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2022.  We are delighted to achieve this AMBA reaccreditation which reaffirms the world-class quality standard of the programme, our MBA students and alumni, and our faculty. Our alumni have successful careers in leading indigenous, multinational and public sector organisations across a broad array of industries and sectors nationally and globally.’

Incoming MBA Programme Director, Professor Kate Kenny added: ‘Achieving AMBA accreditation is a testament to the strength of our student body and faculty, and to the excellence of the research and teaching environment at JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics.  As incoming Programme Director I look forward to building on the substantial achievements of the NUI Galway MBA programme over the past 50 years’.

AMBA accreditation is international in scope and reach, and AMBA works under the belief that accredited programmes should be of the highest standard and reflect changing trends and innovation in post-graduate management education. Its accreditation process reflects this commitment to fostering innovation, and demanding Business Schools to perform at the highest level continually.

Andrew Main Wilson, Chief Executive of the Association of MBAs and Business Graduates Association (BGA) said: ‘Congratulations to J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics on this re-accreditation. This prestigious School is part of our select network of the top 2% of Business Schools globally. I am very much looking forward to working with this School in the future.’

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About J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics

J.E.  Cairnes School  of  Business  &  Economics  is  one  of  three  Schools  within  the  College  of Business,  Public  Policy  and  Law at NUI Galway. The school has 2,800 students, over 120 faculty, research  and  professional  services  staff,  and  over  40  undergraduate  and  postgraduate programmes.   The  School  has  successfully  attained  AACSB  and  AMBA  accreditation  as  well  as EFMD  programme  accreditation.  The  School  comprises  five  disciplines:  Accountancy  & Finance,  Business  Information  Systems,  Economics,  Management,  and  Marketing.  The  School is  synergistically  aligned  with  the  internationally-recognised  Whitaker  Institute  for  Innovation and  Societal  Change  and  the  Institute  for  Lifecourse  and  Society (ILAS).

J.E.  Cairnes  School  of  Business  &  Economics  is  for  the  public  good.    Energised  by  its  regional edge  on  the  west  coast  of  Ireland,  it  is  a  globally-engaged  School  of  Business  and  Economics for  the  public  good  that  makes  a  transformative  impact  for  students, society and  business.

The  School’s  Strategic  Plan  2021-2025  is  centred  around  four  key  strategic  priority  areas  of research  and  impact,  teaching  and  learning,  external  engagement  and  internationalisation. J.E.  Cairnes  School  of  Business  &  Economics  champions  core  values  of  respect,  excellence, openness  and  sustainability.  Its  vision  for  the  next  four  years  is  to  make  a  global  impact  for the  public  good  by  addressing  grand  challenges  through  its  teaching,  research  and  influence on  public  policy.    The  school  is  committed  to  delivering  value  to  all  its  stakeholders  and especially  to  students,  external  business,  industry  and  policy  partners,  its  community  and society.


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