AMBA & BGA honour Business Schools and their students and graduates in Excellence Awards

Aston Business School, Aston University; Athens University of Economics and Business; Centrum PUCP Business School, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú; EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey; Escuela de Postgrados en Negocios, Universidad ORT Uruguay; IE Business School; International Business School Suzhou, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU); International Management Institute (MIM-Kyiv); Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University and NEOMA Business School have all scooped coveted awards in the AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards 2022.

The AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards, which were held virtually on 21 January 2022, brought together leading lights from the global business education community to celebrate excellence and commend achievement among Business Schools, MBA students and graduates, suppliers and employers.

The ceremony was attended by more than 352 Business School leaders, as well as category finalists, judges and members of the media.

The winners in the AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards’ 10 categories were as follows:

Best Innovation Strategy 2022 in association with Barco

NEOMA Business School (France) for ‘NEOMA Business School Virtual Campus’.

NEOMA Business School was the first Business School in Europe to respond strongly to the Covid-19 crisis by launching an online virtual campus for its students, professors and staff.

The project aims to provide a place where studying, teaching, meeting, and chatting can again take place, without the need to be physically present at the School’s brick-and-mortar campuses. The tool NEOMA has chosen offers features that enable its community to stick to the reality of a Business School as much as possible.

With 3,000 students and 491 professors and staff members enrolled, the Virtual Campus has naturally imposed itself as the School’s fourth campus.

Best Lifelong Learning Initiative 2022 in association with Kortext

IE Business School (Spain) for ‘Turn It Around – Alumni Engagement’.

In response to the abrupt lockdown across many regions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, IE Business School designed a virtual toolkit: Turn It Around, from March to July 2020 to accompany both students and alumni during this difficult time, extending premium online learning content free of charge, showcasing alumni making a difference in the world, and hosting a comprehensive virtual experience related to professional development, networking, and wellbeing.

The response from the community was phenomenal: More than 3,000 students and alumni participated in 56 online events, 906 signed onto the School’s peer-to-peer mentoring platform, and 119 alumni volunteered as speakers, or shared their story ‘up close’.

Best CSR and Sustainability Initiative 2022

International Business School Suzhou, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) (China) for ‘15 Ways in 15 Weeks’.

‘15 Ways in 15 Weeks’ was a semester-long initiative divided into weekly campaigns that drove sustainable and positive behavioural change at the International Business School Suzhou.

Each week, themed activities and events took place on topics relating to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, such as waste management, sustainable transportation and ethical finance.

The initiative resulted in the establishment of a Sustainable Future Talents student association, ¥13,000 RMB in charitable donations, and hundreds of healthier choices. For faculty, staff and students, it also led to positive life changes regarding the contributions individuals must make to achieve the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Best Business School Partnership 2022 in association with Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS)

International Management Institute (MIM-Kyiv) (Ukraine) with BookChef Publishing House.

MIM-Kyiv and BookChef Publishing House (BookChef) entered a partnership to launch the MIM-Kyiv Recommends series of Ukrainian-language translations of the world non-fiction best-selling books.

Through this partnership, MIM-Kyiv brings an international agenda to Ukraine; helps Ukrainian businesspeople gain access to the most sought after business books – and even meet some of the authors in person as a part of book club meetings, classes and events.

For BookChef, the partnership has expanded its readership, and provided a better understanding of business trends.

Best Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative 2022, in association with McGraw Hill Education

Centrum PUCP Business School, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Peru) for ‘Word of Women Academy (Academia Palabra de Mujer)’.

In Perú, only 15% of women have access to university, but 53% of Peruvian SMEs were created by women, and Perú has 36% more women entrepreneurs than other Latin American countries.

Therefore, Centrum PUCP and Financiera Confianza developed Academia Palabra de Mujer. Through eight courses, 650 women were trained in a free programme that meant an investment of US$ 18,432. The project impacted more than 50,000 people on social networks, and had 20-plus appearances on media outlets. More than 80% of the participants commented that the programmes are changing their work and lives.

BGA Business School Impact Award 2022

EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey, (Mexico) for ‘Sustainable Wealth Creation Based On Innovation and Technology (SWIT)’.

The Sustainable Wealth Creation Based On Innovation and Technology (SWIT) model is a sustainable wealth creation framework based on disruptive innovation and enabling technologies. It is a holistic approach that has been designed for sustainable wealth creation in developing regions.

It focuses on teaching and creating enabling conditions, managing the allocation of resources, and the articulation of intelligent and inclusive synergies among stakeholders and institutions. It considers an integral system for management, and effective governance with a far-reaching objective: holistic regional growth. The SWIT model’s impact, to date, includes more than 28 national and international projects; 13 theses developed by graduate students; and an elective course offered to MBA students.

MBA Startup of the Year 2022

Sotirios Ptochos, Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece) for PEOPLE Technology Solutions (PEOPLE).

PEOPLE proposes to the world a green solution that concerns all of us. This startup represents a revolutionary approach to one of the most significant climate challenges by proposing sustainable transportation and supply chain solutions.

The company combines lightweight technology, the Internet of Things, and advanced analytics with the aim of revolutionising the standards of global freight transport by saving 205 million trees; reducing C02 emissions by 65 million tonnes every year; saving over 20.5 billion litres of fossil fuel yearly; and moving 40 million tonnes of cargo at no additional cost or additional C02 emissions every year.

MBA Entrepreneur of the Year 2022

Ximena Aleman, Escuela de Postgrados en Negocios, Universidad ORT Uruguay for Prometeo Open Banking.

Ximena Aleman is Co-Founder and Co-CEO at Prometeo, the largest open banking platform in Latin America, providing access to information and payments across 80 APIs from 35 financial institutions in 10 countries.

In a little over two years, Prometeo has been able to gain the trust of major financial institutions, such as Santander and Citibank and has received the support of investors from Silicon Valley, Europe and Asia.

Over the past six years, Ximena has built three fintech startups and pioneered open banking adoption across the region. She has also used her voice to create awareness of the funding gap for female-led startups.

MBA Leadership Award 2022

Theresa Grant, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), currently working at Municipal Partners.

Theresa Grant has recently been awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of her outstanding leadership, innovation, determination and commitment to Northamptonshire in the UK.

Theresa has dedicated 42 years of service to local government, most recently in her role as Chief Executive of Northamptonshire County Council. When she took on the role, the council had declared bankruptcy. Under her leadership, three years later, it ended its 132-year history with a £16.6 million GBP underspend in its budget and £60 million GBP in reserve.

MBA Student of the Year 2022 in association with insendi, a Study Group company

Monique Farquharson, Aston Business School, Aston University (UK).

Monique Farquharson was the first winner of the Aston Enterprise Scholarship. She triumphed over hundreds of students to secure this prestigious fully-funded scholarship and join the full-time Aston MBA programme. She has seized this opportunity by engaging in consultancy work with four different companies, securing an internship, helping to deliver TEDx Aston University and becoming a global ambassador.

Monique completed the Global Business Challenge and was named ‘Global Business Champion’, one of just four such champions from a group of more than 100 overseas students representing seven different universities around the world.

Andrew Main Wilson, Chief Executive of the Association of MBAs and Business Graduates Association (AMBA & BGA), said: ‘On behalf of the AMBA and Business Graduates Association (BGA) team, I would like to congratulate the Finalists and Winners of this year’s Excellence Awards.

‘This is our largest-ever AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards featuring 10 categories, 59 finalists, and 42 judges. We have had a record number of entries, and the competition was stronger than ever. The entries who have made the final shortlist in each category should feel proud of their achievements.

‘As showcased by the winners of this year’s Excellence Awards – the AMBA & BGA Schools network continue to manage magnificently in spite of the challenges caused by Covid-19, with determination and innovation.

‘Additionally, the students and graduates who have been shortlisted as finalists today have all used their qualifications to achieve a spectrum of impressive results, in terms of the positive impact they have made to business, education and society as a whole.

‘I also want to take the opportunity to thank our sponsors Barco, Kortext, McGraw Hill Education, Wharton Research Data Services, and Insendi, a Study Group Company. Their support for our awards – and the business education sector – is greatly appreciated.’

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Awards selection process

The Finalists list was shortlisted by AMBA & BGA’s senior management team. Our judges reviewed 59 shortlisted entries, selecting a winner (‘gold’) and, if appropriate, a ‘silver’ and ‘bronze’ for each award. Our judging panel is made up of AMBA board members, business experts, Deans, and management leaders.

All of our judges were selected based on their experience and qualifications.

More information about the categories and complete list of the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners and Finalists.

Best Innovation Strategy 2022 in association with Barco

The Best Innovation Strategy award is a celebration of innovation and radical thinking in business education delivery across all areas of the Business School and has been developed to recognise and reward game-changing new practices, risks, and creativity. This year, the judges are especially interested to find out how Business Schools have innovated and adapted considering the Covid-19 pandemic.

Gold

  • NEOMA Business School (France) for ‘NEOMA Business School Virtual Campus

Silver

  • UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin (Ireland) for ‘UCD Business Alumni Challenge – Around the Globe in 30 Days

Bronze

  • MBA Centre, Shanghai University (China) for ‘Launch of New Global Industry MBA Specialisations

Finalists

  • School of Economics and Management, South China Normal University (SCNU) (China) for ‘Optimal Integrated Innovation Strategy’;
  • School of Economics and Management, Southwest Jiaotong University (China) for ‘The “Quaternity” Tactic
  • Wrexham Glyndŵr University (UK) for ‘Active Learning Framework: Reflections’

Best Lifelong Learning Initiative 2022 in association with Kortext

The Best Lifelong Learning Initiative award recognises the efforts of Business Schools that are reinventing teaching and learning among students, graduates, alumni networks and custom and executive education.

Gold

  • IE Business School (Spain) for ‘Turn It Around – Alumni Engagement

Silver

  • Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London (UK) for ‘MBA Student Enhancement Package

Bronze

  • College of Economics and Management, Zhejiang University of Technology (China) for ‘GET – Gather Alumni, Enlighten Alumni, Turbo Alumni

Finalists

  • Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China) for ‘The Industry Community Classes Program (ICCP)
  • EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico) for ‘Alternative Learning
  • School of Management, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) (China) for ‘Lifelong Learning Ecosystem Development Initiative

Best CSR and Sustainability Initiative 2022

The Best CSR and Sustainability Initiative award honours Business Schools that are taking the initiative in creating a sustainable future and teaching students about social values, as well as making a positive impact in practical and measurable ways.

It gives Schools a chance to showcase their innovative and original CSR and sustainability initiatives on a global stage.

Gold

  • International Business School Suzhou, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) (China) for ‘15 Ways in 15 Weeks

Silver

  • Indian Institute of Management Indore (India) for ‘Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG)

Bronze

  • Graduate School of Business, MIP Politecnico di Milano (Italy) for ‘Leave your Mark: An Important Opportunity for Students and Alumni to Grow

Finalists

  • Esade Business School, Ramon Llull University (Spain) for ‘Sustainable Impact: Our Chance to Change the World Together
  • ESMT Berlin (Germany) for ‘Net Impact Club’s Carbon Accounting Initiative
  • Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University (UK) for ‘Developing Responsible Leaders for the Future through the Design and Delivery of a New Executive MBA Programme
  • Porto Business School, Universidade do Porto (Portugal) for ‘Porto Business School Urban Garden

Best Business School Partnership 2022 in association with Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS)

The Best Business School Partnership award recognises organisations that have adopted a proactive, innovative approach to strategic collaboration. Partnerships can, for example, be with another Business School/group of Schools, an employer, a consultant, education partner or technology provider, a social impact group, an individual, a charity, or another organisation.

Gold

  • International Management Institute (MIM-Kyiv) (Ukraine) with BookChef Publishing House

Silver

  • Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria (South Africa) with JP Morgan

Bronze

  • UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin (Ireland) with Their Lives Matter – Tumaini La Maisha (TLM)

Finalists

  • Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Portugal) with Veolia
  • Dongwu Business School, Soochow University (China) with Soochow Securities
  • Thammasat Business School, Thammasat University (Thailand) with Government Savings Bank

Best Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative 2022, in association with McGraw Hill Education

The Best Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative award recognises Business Schools and the work they have been doing to create, incorporate and develop culture, diversity and inclusion practices into their Business School, while balancing and involving fair working environments.

Gold

  • Centrum PUCP Business School, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Peru) for ‘Word of Women Academy (Academia Palabra de Mujer)

Silver

  • UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin (Ireland) for ‘Intercultural Development Programme (ICD)

Finalists

  • Escuela de Negocios, Universidad del CEMA (UCEMA) (Argentina) for ‘Advancing gender equity by promoting women in leadership
  • Mannheim Business School, University of Mannheim (Germany) for ‘MBS Diversity Day
  • School of Business and Management, Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) (China) for ‘Embedding Management Talent Cultivation in Multiculturalism

BGA Business School Impact Award 2022

This award is designed to offer a platform through which BGA member, validated, and accredited Schools can demonstrate their stakeholder impact – encompassing students and graduates as well as the wider communities in which they operate. Such impact can be demonstrated through programme design, social outreach programmes, alumni relations, careers services and so on.

Gold

  • EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey, (Mexico) for ‘Sustainable Wealth Creation Based On Innovation and Technology (SWIT)

Silver

  • School of Economics and Management, Dongguan University of Technology (China) for ‘100 Groups in 1,000 Counties
  • Centrum PUCP Business School, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Peru) for ‘Undertaking Tourism Now (Turismo Emprende Ya)

Finalists

  • Antwerp Management School, University of Antwerp (Belgium), for ‘The Positive Impact Project (PIP)
  • Athena School of Management (India) for ‘Creating Impact for Stakeholders
  • International Management Institute (MIM-Kyiv) (Ukraine) for ‘Building Business Education in Tajikistan

MBA Startup of the Year 2022 

The MBA Startup of the year Award encourages and promotes the value of startup business strategy and innovation, in the current competitive climate and showcases its importance in the global market.

The MBA Startup of the Year award is open to both private and public sectors. This award is designed to celebrate innovative business strategy – taking something from idea to action. Judges will be more interested in the idea and potential of the venture, and its plans, rather than any financial or monetary results in the early stage.

Gold

  • Sotirios Ptochos, Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece) for PEOPLE Technology Solutions (PEOPLE)

Finalists

  • Nicholas Cory, Southampton Business School, University of Southampton (UK) for Absolar Solutions
  • Marcos Impala, Escuela de Negocios, Universidad del CEMA (UCEMA) (Argentina), for Tirr
  • Sofía Jiménez de Aréchaga, Escuela de Postgrados en Negocios – Universidad ORT Uruguay, for Mezcla

MBA Entrepreneur of the Year 2022

The MBA Entrepreneur of the Year award celebrates the achievements of successful alumni in innovative world-class business strategy, but also showcases Business Schools that are nurturing a spirit of enterprise and ambition.

This award is a fantastic way to highlight the success of accredited Business Schools that promote entrepreneurship in their MBA cohorts. The award is also a chance for individuals to impress high-profile judges who are already at the forefront of global entrepreneurship.

The MBA Entrepreneur of the Year Award is one of the most distinguished awards in the industry. AMBA has developed the MBA Entrepreneur of the Year Award to encourage and promote the value of entrepreneurship in the current competitive climate and to highlight its importance in the global market.

Gold

  • Ximena Aleman, Escuela de Postgrados en Negocios, Universidad ORT Uruguay for Prometeo OpenBanking

Silver

  • Farwah Tapal, Esade Business School, Ramon Llull University (Spain) for Oraan

Bronze

  • Moustafa El-Shenety, AUC School of Business, The American University in Cairo (Egypt) for Zilla Capital

Finalists

  • Giacomo Bedetti, Graduate School of Business, MIP Politecnico di Milano (Italy) for Orapesce
  • Diego Martin Bertezzolo, Escuela de Negocios, Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina) for Avancargo
  • Onaseye Onabolu, Aston Business School, Aston University (UK) for Sona Circle Refugee Recruitment

MBA Leadership Award 2022

The MBA Leadership Award will honour alumni from AMBA-accredited Business Schools who have been making an impact in the business world following their graduation.

The award will recognise the great work of these graduates through their achievements, performance, and recognition. This important award will give graduates the chance to stand out and showcase their work following graduation.

Gold

  • Theresa Grant, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), currently working at Municipal Partners

Silver

  • Zakhira Begaliyeva, Graduate School of Business, Almaty Management University (AlmaU) (Kazakhstan), currently working at Public Foundation ‘ITeachMe’ Center for Competence Development

Bronze

  • Mansi Madan Tripathy, SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) (India), currently working at Royal Dutch Shell

Finalists

  • Yvonne Greeves, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow (UK), currently working at NatWest Group
  • Ming Li, Business School, Central South University (China), currently working at Hunan Overseas Home Information Technology and Hunan Hi-soon Supply Chain
  • Pedro Luis Guerrero Riera, Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA)(Venezuela), currently working at Grupo Fastmed
  • Andrea Perrot, Escuela de Negocios, Universidad del CEMA (UCEMA) (Argentina), currently working at CEMIC University Hospital

MBA Student of the Year 2022 in association with insendi, a Study Group company

AMBA’s MBA Student of the Year Award plays a pivotal role in supporting AMBA’s pledge to promote the MBA as the leading international business qualification.

The MBA Student of the Year Award recognises students who have shown exceptional career potential and who AMBA believes can act as ambassadors for the high quality of accredited MBAs and the opportunities these programmes provide for students from a wide range of different personal and professional backgrounds.

This award doesn’t just reward ‘straight-A’ students but also focuses on leadership potential and career progression.

Gold

  • Monique Farquharson, Aston Business School, Aston University (UK)

Silver

  • Patsy McNeil, UCL School of Management, University College London (UK)

Bronze

  • Yunfei Yang, School of Management, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST)(China)

Finalists

  • Joy Chikaodiri Elekwuwa, Esade Business School, Ramon Llull University (Spain)
  • Ariel Olivari, Escuela de Negocios, Universidad del CEMA (UCEMA) (Argentina)
  • Jember Teklu TesfayAudencia Business School (France)

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