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BGA Accreditation

A non-prescriptive, whole-school accreditation that is focused on positive impact, responsible management, and lifelong learning

BGA accreditation is a consultative and non-prescriptive quality assurance achievement awarded to business schools that can clearly demonstrate an increasing impact on their students and communities over a measurable period. All accredited business schools use BGA’s Continuous Impact Model (CIM), which assesses the improvement in impact across a range of metrics that align with the business school’s own objectives.

This business school accreditation is designed to provide both quality assurance and quality enhancement mechanisms for institutions worldwide. This ensures the value of the qualification for potential students, graduates, employers and society. Accreditation plays a key role in informing prospective students and employers about the quality of the institution and its programmes.

The criteria used for the accreditation of business schools are based upon the BGA Charter, and outline the standards that institutions are expected to meet in order to be awarded accredited status by BGA.

Rigorous, Holistic Quality Assurance with Meaningful Criteria

BGA accreditation is a holistic and rigorous institutional accreditation for business schools with a focus on continuous improvement, positive impact, and responsible management.

We use BGA’s accreditation criteria as a benchmark for assessing the overall quality of an institution, it also recognises the need to compare international standards while taking into consideration local legislative and cultural differences.

Derived from BGA’s Charter, the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals inspired BGA’s accreditation criteria. From this, we have adapted the criteria to fit current and future employer needs.

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Continuous Impact Model (CIM)

A key element of BGA’s accreditation is the use of BGA’s ‘Continuous Impact Model, a unique process which is designed to support accredited business schools to develop an understanding of their impact on stakeholders. The model measures the changes of impact variables over time and establishes evidential feedback loops to improve the quality of the institution and its activities in a continuous improvement process.

Schools are required to undergo the CIM once they begin the accreditation process. The business school’s assigned Accreditation Director and academic mentor play a supportive role in ensuring a school’s development and measurement of its impact metrics are used to meet BGA’s accreditation criteria.

Consultation

Expert Consultants and Assessors

Fundamental to BGA’s business school accreditation process is the expert consultation institutions receive. That’s why we’ve selected the best assessors and mentors in the industry to support the enhancement of business schools and their programmes.

Assessors play an instrumental part in the improvement and enhancement of accredited business schools by providing them with active feedback and recommendations. Assessors are also responsible for writing the final accreditation report that highlights the business school’s strengths, weaknesses, recommendations, and overall impact on stakeholders.

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Responsible Management

Disruptive challenges and obstacles facing businesses include environmental, geopolitical and technological, as well as the traditional business and economic volatilities. BGA’s accreditation process ensures that institutions are equipped to prepare their students to become ethical and responsible managers, fit for tackling the world’s challenges.

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Gold Status

Business schools that become BGA accredited achieve ‘Gold status’ within the BGA. This denotes the highest standard of achievement in business education, and can be communicated to stakeholders such as students, employers, and faculty with support from BGA’s communications and marketing teams.

Furthermore, accredited business schools are displayed at the top of the BGA business school search and lists, solidifying their status and achievement within the network.


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UCU Business School Achieving Accreditation with AMBA & BGA

UCU Business School’s journey to accreditation with AMBA and BGA not only met the challenge of assuring quality but also transformed the institution into a local leader in business education. UCU Business School, is the first in Uruguay to obtain BGA accreditation. The impact of this achievement is evident in the school’s reputation, enrolment numbers, industry connections, and commitment to ongoing excellence in business education.

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Advancing our University Reputation, Positioning, and Networking

The BGA accreditation is also a tool for enhancing and advancing the university’s reputation, positioning, and networking. Standing in line with the world’s prominent institutions highlights the strengths of AlmaU and raises the visibility of its impact. Undoubtedly, the BGA accreditation has made positive change for AlmaU in the sense that it put us in order, made us consider and find a rationale for our numerous activities related to social responsibility and third mission.

Improving Strategic Alignment, Enhancing Leverage, and Fulfilling the Needs of a Broader Range of Stakeholders

Working with BGA has helped the Faculty of Business, City University of Macau to enhance its work with stakeholders. The school is currently developing strategic partnerships with universities in Zhuhai, China, to share resources and organise joint projects. At the 2019 AMBA & BGA Global Conference in Istanbul, the school initiated conversations with several other BGA member schools. As a result, in 2020, the Faculty of Business, City University of Macau, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Shanghai University and started an exchange programme for professors in 2021.

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Striving to Make Management Education More Inclusive and Accessible to all

The BGA accreditation has influenced the school’s offering in many ways, including inspiring direction of travel as a school that is committed in making an impact on their students and the wider community it serves. Internally, the process has improved organisational buy-in and governance, especially with the use of CIM to track and monitor progress across different dimensions and the key priority areas.

Meet BGA Accredited Members

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China University Of Petroleum EAST CHINA
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COLLEGE OF ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT NANJING UNIVERSITY OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTRONAUTICS Logo
DALIAN POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT Logo
SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT NANCHANG UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT SOUTH CHINA NORMAL UNIVERSITY Logo
SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT GUANGDONG UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY Logo
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THE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IN JIANGXI UNIVERSITY OF FINANCE AND ECONOMICS Logo
THE SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT IN LANZHOU UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY Logo

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