Southampton Business School’s MBA programme receives AMBA re-accreditation

Southampton Business School at the University of Southampton has 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 Southampton Business School 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 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.

Southampton Business School at the University of Southampton is based in the UK. The business school’s vision is to “aspire to transform business and society for the better.” AMBA accredits the full-time MBA at the school.

Members of AMBA’s accreditation panel, representing senior management at AMBA-accredited business schools globally, said that the business school and the MBA programme were led by a passionate team, which the panel thought was dedicated to the long-term success of the MBA, as well as the academic and pastoral wellbeing of students.

The panel also mentioned that the students who they spoke to during the accreditation visit thought that the programme provided good value for money.

Finally, the school’s facilities were commended. The panel thought that they provided an excellent learning environment for students.

Professor Laura Costanzo, Head of Southampton Business School stated, “Southampton Business School is delighted to receive the AMBA re-accreditation of our MBA programme. This re-accreditation of our flagship MBA programme further supports the business school’s vision to develop future leaders who change the world for the better.

“In doing so, we foster an inclusive thought leadership environment and encourage responsible interdisciplinary research and education that makes a sustainable impact. Also, this accreditation recognises the Southampton Business School’s commitment to investing in people and world class facilities to support the delivery of an excellent  student experience. As Head of Southampton Business School, I would like to personally thank AMBA and especially the expert assessors who visited Southampton for their professionalism, collegiality and also developmental advice and guidance”.

 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: “I am delighted that Southampton Business School has achieved this re-accreditation. The school is an important part of our network of the top two per cent of business schools globally and I look forwards to continuing our close relationship.”

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About Southampton Business School at the University of Southampton

Southampton Business School (SBS), double accredited by AMBA and AACBS, hosts a vibrant and diverse community of scholars and students. The School has grown substantially in breadth and size in recent years, covering all core business and management disciplines via six Departments: Accounting, Banking and Finance, Decision Analytics and Risk, Digital and Data-Driven Marketing, Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour, and Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Research activity within SBS is coordinated through ten multidisciplinary research centres. The longest established research centre is the Centre for Operational Research, Management Sciences and Information Systems (CORMSIS), which ranks 34th (QS) in the world. Building on its continued success, SBS is ranked in the top quartile of the research-intensive business schools in the UK, with a strong research environment which is ranked 12th in the UK (REF2021).

The School’s research underpins the core activities in education and knowledge exchange and enterprise. With an extensive programme portfolio accredited by 15 professional bodies SBS aims to develop future leaders who want to make a tangible impact on business and society. At the heart of the execution of the School’s mission is the triple helix model whereby research, education and enterprise activities are intertwined. A member of the UNPRM, the school was recently awarded the CABS Small Business Charter in recognition of the SBS’ world-class support to students and local businesses, including the development of student entrepreneurial skills and the support and development of wider economic and social opportunities for businesses. With a Placement Team consistently ranked amongst the top five placement teams nationally SBS is committed to student experiential learning. The School has an ambitious growth plan, which includes investment in people and physical infrastructure. As part of this plan, the school will be relocating to a state of art business building.

Southampton Business School is an academic unit of the Faculty of Social Sciences and is placed at the centre of the University of Southampton, a top 100 University in the world (QS 2022 78th) and a founder member of the UK Russell Group University. The University of Southampton was established in 1862 as the Hartley Institution and became a fully independent university in 1952. The University is a chartered corporation formed by Royal Charter and holds charitable status.

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