The Business Graduates Association (BGA), the sister organisation to the Association of MBAs (AMBA), celebrates a successful first year, with a global network of Business Schools cementing their commitment to responsible management.

BGA was launched with the aim of becoming the leading global movement for responsible management, positive impact and lifelong learning.

On 21 January 2019, BGA launched tiered membership and quality assurance processes, validation and accreditation which support Business Schools in directing their attention to the impact they have on a range of activities that aid growth and develop students, faculty, programme design, and ultimately, overall value creation.

BGA has enjoyed a very impressive year. In just 12 months, 111 international Business Schools in five continents have cemented their commitment to responsible management, positive impact and lifelong learning, by joining BGA.

BGA was successfully involved in delivering six international conferences, producing two printed editions of its magazine Business Impact, two research papers – tackling the issues of addressing poverty; and Business School rankings – and a raft workshops supporting Business School faculty development.

Three Business Schools have also achieved BGA accreditation, proving the positive impact they are making to business and the wider society. These Schools were Aberdeen Business School Robert Gordon University, the International Management Institute of Saint Petersburg and EAFIT in Colombia.

In 2019, BGA also introduced the Impact Trailblazer Business School Research initiative. This initiative champions Business School research published by BGA member Schools, supporting contributors to disseminate ground-breaking insight, to those who share the values and drive to innovate and venture beyond conventional means of teaching.

And less than six months ago BGA also launched its free membership proposition for the students and graduates of the Business Schools in the BGA network.

Through this platform, BGA student and graduate members have benefited from a custom-built toolkit designed to support the professional and personal development of business students and their pursuit of  lifelong learning via; webinars and exclusive thought leadership content, networking events, partner offers, and a career development centre.

Andrew Main Wilson, CEO of AMBA & BGA, said, ‘I am delighted with how far BGA has progressed in just one year. Business Schools continue to face tremendous challenges and I think the reason we have done so well is that Schools have recognised that BGA can add real value to their offering to students, as responsible management, positive impact and lifelong learning are three of the most important themes for management education in 2020 and beyond.

‘Business Schools are continually seeking to improve and evolve their delivery to meet the latest demands of the economy. BGA helps to facilitate this through thought leadership, networking and quality assurance, with an emphasis being put on social responsibility, sustainability and ensuring Business Schools are a force for good.’

BGA rests its expertise and bases its key principles on more than 50 years of experience from AMBA, which accredits the top 2% of MBA programmes in the world, as well as drawing on its network of industry professionals who have decades of experience in business and education.

The international business environment is changing at an unprecedented pace, and this dynamic backdrop calls for ‘future-proof’ business talent – that is, leaders and managers who are ready to tackle the needs of the economy, both today and tomorrow. It also provides a unique opportunity for Business Schools in terms of creating, nurturing and developing leaders.

Business Schools play a vital role in preparing students for future employment by giving them the technical tools and skills to succeed in their professional lives. BGA believes that Schools also need to focus on the personal growth of their students. This includes cultivating students’ social skills, ethical behaviour, self-confidence, and humility, all of which form the foundation of socially conscious and responsible leaders.

In its second year, BGA will continue to grow its network of Business Schools who display their commitment to the BGA Charter, develop closer ties to Business School professionals and provide more opportunity for networking and meaningful engagement, produce more thought leadership to help Business Schools stay ahead of the curve and continue to develop and add new benefits for its students and graduates. By doing so BGA positions the role of the Business School as ‘a force for good’ in an uncertain world and attracting potential students to study at Schools within our network.

There are some exciting events in the coming months including a conference focused on the integration of sustainability in business education, in partnership with Imperial College Business School on 2 February 2020, and AMBA & BGA’s Global Conference in Budapest, which will together Business School leaders from across the globe from 11-13 May 2020.

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