WashU Olin among first US business schools to achieve AMBA-accreditation

WashU Olin Business School has officially received accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA), one of the world’s leading authorities on postgraduate business education, demonstrating its continuing commitment to excellence in management education.

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

Olin Business School is part of Washington University (WashU) in St Louis, Missouri. The Business School offers a full-time MBA, Professional MBA and an Executive MBA, along with Executive MBAs in Shanghai and Mumbai.

“We are proud to be the only US-based Business School in the Financial Times’ top 50 to receive AMBA accreditation,” said Olin Dean Mark P. Taylor. “AMBA’s recognition validates the WashU Olin community’s hard work and further proclaims our position as a top global program.”

Members of AMBA’s visiting accreditation panel, representing senior management at AMBA-accredited Business Schools globally, commended the high-quality faculty at Olin.

The panel also commended WashU Olin’s leadership, who they thought was innovative in creating fresh initiatives to enhance the standard of Olin. The panel believed these would continue to improve Olin’s already impressive national and international standing. These initiatives include Olin’s investment in digital learning, which has enabled the School to stay ahead of the curve.

The panel was impressed with alumni relations at Olin. Alumni were found to be highly engaged and were keen to support the mentorship programs. The addition of a new digital platform for alumni was seen to be world-class, giving alumni the opportunity not only to network but to access careers and lifelong learning support.

The accreditation is international in scope and reach, and AMBA works under the belief that accredited programs should be of the highest standard and reflect changing trends and innovation in postgraduate 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 AMBA & BGA, said: “As a leading business school in the US, Olin Business School has a tradition of high academic standards. I am delighted to see the school investing in its MBA programs so strategically and I am looking forward to seeing the school continue to exceed expectations with its exciting innovations.

“AMBA only accredits the top 2% of business schools globally, and it is fitting that Olin Business School is part of this select network.”

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