Celebrating excellence in business education: unveiling the finalists for the AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards 2022

Discover which Business Schools, students, graduates and leaders have made the shortlist in 6 categories of the AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards 2022.

The entries are in and it’s time to reveal the finalists for the AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards 2022.

With a total of 6 categories, the awards celebrate excellence among Business Schools, students, graduates, suppliers, and employers that share AMBA & BGA’s values of ambition, impact and integrity.

Those categories and nominees are detailed below.

The finalists will be announced at the AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards 2022, which can be attended in-person or virtually. 

Awards for Business Schools

Best Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative 2022 category for the AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards - BGA Student of the Year Awards 2022 black and white vintage theme image of a disco ball.
Best Business School Partnership 2022 category for the AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards - BGA Student of the Year Awards 2022 black and white vintage theme image of movie reels.

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.

  • Centrum PUCP Business School, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Peru) for ‘Word of Women Academy (Academia Palabra de Mujer)
  • 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
  • UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin (Ireland) for ‘Intercultural Development Programme (ICD)

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.

  • Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Portugal) with Veolia
  • Dongwu Business School, Soochow University (China) with Soochow Securities
  • Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria (South Africa) with JP Morgan
  • International Management Institute (MIM-Kyiv) (Ukraine) with BookChef Publishing House
  • Thammasat Business School, Thammasat University (Thailand) with Government Savings Bank
  • UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin (Ireland) with Their Lives Matter – Tumaini La Maisha (TLM)
Best CSR and Sustainability Initiative 2022 category for the AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards - BGA Student of the Year Awards 2022 black and white vintage theme image of a film strip.
Best Lifelong Learning Initiative 2022 category for the AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards - BGA Student of the Year Awards 2022 black and white vintage theme image of an old film camera.

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.

  • 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
  • Graduate School of Business, MIP Politecnico di Milano (Italy) for ‘Leave your Mark: An Important Opportunity for Students and Alumni to Grow
  • Indian Institute of Management Indore (India) for ‘Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG)
  • International Business School Suzhou, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) (China) for ‘15 Ways in 15 Weeks
  • 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 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.

  • Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China) for ‘The Industry Community Classes Program (ICCP)
  • College of Economics and Management, Zhejiang University of Technology (China) for ‘GET – Gather Alumni, Enlighten Alumni, Turbo Alumni
  • EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico) for ‘Alternative Learning
  • IE Business School (Spain) for ‘Turn It Around – Alumni Engagement
  • Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London (UK) for ‘MBA Student Enhancement Package
  • School of Management, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) (China) for ‘Lifelong Learning Ecosystem Development Initiative
Best Innovation Strategy 2022 category for the AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards - BGA Student of the Year Awards 2022 black and white vintage theme image of the back of a sports car.
BGA Business School Impact Award 2022 category for the AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards - BGA Student of the Year Awards 2022 black and white vintage theme image of a record player

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.

  • MBA Centre, Shanghai University (China) for ‘Launch of New Global Industry MBA Specialisations
  • NEOMA Business School (France) for ‘NEOMA Business School Virtual Campus
  • 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
  • UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin (Ireland) for ‘UCD Business Alumni Challenge – Around the Globe in 30 Days
  • Wrexham Glyndŵr University (UK) for ‘Active Learning Framework: Reflections’

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.

The nominees for the BGA Business School Impact Award 2022 are as follows:

  • Antwerp Management School, University of Antwerp (Belgium), for ‘The Positive Impact Project (PIP)
  • Athena School of Management (India) for ‘Creating Impact for Stakeholders
  • Centrum PUCP Business School, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Peru) for ‘Undertaking Tourism Now (Turismo Emprende Ya)
  • EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey, (Mexico) for ‘Sustainable Wealth Creation Based On Innovation and Technology (SWIT)
  • International Management Institute (MIM-Kyiv) (Ukraine) for ‘Building Business Education in Tajikistan
  • School of Economics and Management, Dongguan University of Technology (China) for ‘100 Groups in 1,000 Counties

In selecting a winner, the judges will consider the innovative qualities of the above nominees, quantitative and qualitative measurements of impact, and the extent to which the initiatives enhance the reputation of the Schools’ portfolio of programmes and the institution as a whole.

Announcing the winners…

The winners of the AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards 2022 will be announced at a hybrid-format gala dinner on 21 January 2022. This means can that you can attend either physically or virtually.

The in-person event takes place at the Biltmore Hotel located on Grosvenor Square, in the heart of London, and will feature a glittering evening of networking and fine dining. If you’re unable to attend in-person, you can still join us from wherever you are in the world and celebrate all the shortlisted finalists and winners seamlessly as they are announced live from London.

To book a physical place at the AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards and Gala Dinner or to register your virtual attendance for the livestreamed event, please click the button below.

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