NEOMA Business School scoops prestigious Best Innovation Strategy 2022 in association with Barco, at the AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards

NEOMA Business School (France) scooped the prestigious Best Innovation Strategy 2022 in association with Barco, at the world-renowned Association of MBAs (AMBA) and Business Graduates Association (BGA) Excellence Awards 2022, for ‘NEOMA Business School Virtual Campus’.

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.

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.

‘This is a major recognition for our virtual campus but also, more globally, for the dynamics of pedagogical innovation and digital transformation in which our School has been engaged for several years’, underlines Delphine Manceau, Dean of NEOMA Business School.

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.’

Pieter Vancoillie, Product Manager, Learning Experience, added, ´Innovation is a vital yet challenging endeavor, now, more than ever. That is why, innovative initiatives deserve to be widely applauded. We were honored to have presented the AMBA & BGA Innovation Strategy Award and we´d like to congratulate NEOMA Business School and the finalists for their drive and vision. Having been at the forefront of tech innovation for over 80 years, we, at Barco, understand and support the efforts of business schools in their quest to transform their institutions for a new age.’


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About NEOMA Business School

NEOMA Business School has the ambition to be the innovative challenger of the largest international business schools.  Guided by its strategic plan, NEOMA Business School is building the School of tomorrow and is rethinking its practices in terms of internationalisation, teaching methods, digital approach and campus development.  The School, through its 3 campuses (Reims, Rouen and Paris), offers a wide portfolio of programmes from the Bachelor’s degree and the Master in Management programme to Executive Education, bringing together more than 9,500 students. Its faculty includes more than 185 permanent professors, teacher-researchers, more than 72% of whom are international. NEOMA Business School has over 65,700 graduates based in 127 countries. Chaired by Michel-Edouard Leclerc, the school has the status of a Consular Higher Education Institution (EESC). Its Dean is Delphine Manceau. More information:

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.


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


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


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


  • 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.


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


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


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


  • 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.


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


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


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


  • 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.


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


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


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


  • 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.


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


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


  • 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.


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


  • 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)


  • 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.


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


  • 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.


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


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


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


  • 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.


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


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


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


  • 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.


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


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


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


  • 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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