NUI Galway Only Regional MBA to Attain International Accreditation in Ireland
Thursday, 23 May 2013
Sir Paul Judge, President of the Association of MBAs, Dr Emer Mulligan, Head of J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, NUI Galway, Dr Alma McCarthy, Executive MBA Programme Director, NUI Galway, Chris Russell, Chair of Board of Trustees, Association of MBAs
NUI Galway has today (22 May) announced the attainment of the global AMBA accreditation for its MBA programme offered in the School of Business and Economics. AMBA provide the only dedicated accreditation regime for MBA Programmes and now positions NUI Galway against the best worldwide.
The Association of MBAs (AMBA) accreditation is internationally recognised as the global standard for all MBA programmes. AMBA accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in MBA education and is earned only by the best programmes. AMBA accredits 200 Schools in over 70 countries.
“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” says Mark Stoddard, Accreditation Manager at AMBA.
The NUI Galway MBA is one of the leading management development programmes in the country. A general management programme which enhances and develops business and management capabilities while preparing students for strategic leadership roles, the programme places an emphasis on strategic decision making and develops practical and professional skills for success in increasingly complex environments.
Speaking about the achievement, Dr Alma McCarthy, Executive MBA Programme Director, J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway, said: “The NUI Galway MBA this year celebrates its 40th anniversary and it is fitting that we successfully attained AMBA accreditation demonstrating the world-class quality of our MBA programme. Employers and top business recruiters looking to acquire the best managers and future business leaders know that graduates of the AMBA accredited programmes have received the highest quality management education. We are proud to now confirm that to recruit a graduate from the NUI Galway MBA is to recruit top talent in Ireland.”
Dr McCarthy added: “We know for students, the decision to study an MBA represents a major commitment, both in terms of time and money. This AMBA accreditation ensures that students' investments are rewarded with the finest MBA education available. We have constant engagement with the business community and our programme reflects and aligns with developments in industry both nationally and internationally. Our class sizes are kept small, our lecturers are leading experts in their respective fields and keep teaching relevant to the changing demands of the business world which overall results in greater one to one attention and learning experience.”
Graduates of the NUI Galway Executive MBA have significantly advanced their careers with many being promoted, starting their own business, or changing careers after completing the programme. Applications for the next programme will be accepted from September 2013. Further information on the Executive MBA at NUI Galway is available athttp://www.cairnes.nuigalway.ie/mba/
Executive MBA Student 2012-14
“I’ve been running my own physiotherapy business for eight years but I had no business training and wanted to gain skills in management, marketing and IT. I chose the Executive MBA because it offered the full range of disciplines that I needed and I felt that I could apply what I was learning directly to the business as I went along. Over the past year I have studied accounting for managers, management theories and looking at how technology can help business. All our systems at my company are computerised and I am now integrating those systems to get more leverage from the information we gather. We can look at our activities week on week and use our data more strategically. I have a summer elective in business negotiations and in Year 2 I will have the option to choose modules such as economics with Alan Ahearne. It was the calibre of the lecturing body that really drew me to this programme”.
Executive MBA Student 2010-12
“I selected the NUIG Executive MBA program because it offered me the opportunity to continue with my career and embark on my MBA education at the same time. This provided me the opportunity to apply the learning in my organization almost simultaneously. The program also offers access to a network of MBA students, alumni, faculty, and business leaders both local and international. Overall it has been a very positive experience”