ESA Business School has received joint accreditation from AMBA & BGA


ESA Business School has officially received joint accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the Business Graduates Association (BGA), two of the world’s leading authorities on business education.

ESA Business School is primarily based in Beirut, Lebanon. AMBA accredits the MBA and EMBA at the School, while BGA provides an overall accreditation of the whole School.

All ESA degree programmes are run in conjunction with international partners – including ESCP Business School for the MBA portfolio, and primarily ESSEC Business School for the Bachelor of Business Administration.

As part of the joint AMBA & BGA accreditation, a panel of assessors comprised of senior business school leaders from across the globe evaluated the school. The panel commended the fact that ESA not only benefits from the strong sense of community within Beirut and Lebanon, but actively works to support and harness this community for the benefit of all stakeholders and the region.

The panel also noted that the school’s incubator was an impressive facility which they thought added value to the School and its stakeholders and also has a positive impact on the region. The incubator had benefitted more than 42 start-ups (including 15 green start-ups), 90 projects and 200 entrepreneurs, thus creating 400 jobs locally.

Finally, the panel mentioned the gender diversity at the school, which they thought was a key strength.

AMBA & BGA’s rigorous assessment criteria ensure that only the highest-calibre schools which demonstrate the highest standards in teaching, curricula, and student interaction achieve accreditation.

AMBA & BGA Joint Logo

Upon receiving AMBA accreditation, all current and recent graduates of the school’s MBA and MBM portfolio are invited to join AMBA’s global membership network of approximately 60,000 students and alumni in more than 150 countries.

Meanwhile, all undergraduates and alumni from any of the business school’s programmes are invited to join BGA’s individual membership network. Through both these organisations, students and graduates can strengthen a community that acts as a force for good in management thought and practice, through exclusive events and business content.

AMBA & BGA accreditation is international in scope and reach, and the organisation works with senior academics at top educational institutions around the world, to update accreditation criteria continuously and maintain one unique, in-depth and detailed approach.

AMBA & BGA believes accredited schools should be of the highest standard and reflect changing trends and innovation in post-graduate management education.  As such, the accreditation process reflects this commitment to fostering innovation and challenges business schools to perform at the highest level continuously.

ESA Business School has been an important longstanding member of the AMBA network, and I am delighted that this school will continue to be so, with this recent re-accreditation.

The school also joining BGA shows its commitment to responsible and ethical management. I look forward to working with this school in order to enhance the values and principles of BGA in the future.

About ESA Business School

ESA Business School was established in 1996 following an intergovernmental agreement between France and Lebanon and is dedicated to training managers and executives in Lebanon and the Middle East.

Managed by the Paris Ile-de-France Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry and co-chaired by the French Ambassador to Lebanon and the Governor of the Banque du Liban, ESA Business School offers 11 academic programs from Bachelor’s degrees to Doctorates and welcomes 550 students per year trained by more than 200 professors and international experts.


Building on its achievements over the past 25 years, ESA Business School has established itself as a distinct brand with a reputation that meets the excellence of its partnerships with the most prominent European Schools.

ESA Business School has a network of more than 4500 graduates around the world, truly committed to their school.

In addition to its primary mission as a Grande Ecole and building on the strong values it stands for, ESA Business School is fully committed to the future of Lebanon, facilitating an innovative ecosystem with a real societal impact.

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