The International Business School Suzhou at Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University receives AMBA & BGA accreditations

The International Business School Suzhou at Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University 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.

Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a not-for-profit university in Suzhou, eastern China. The International Business School Suzhou is the largest academic unit of XJTLU and was established in 2013.

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 committed and motivated leadership team. The faculty was also said to be diverse, with a large proportion being international.

The panel also mentioned the value added by the support the Business School has from the University, Suzhou Industrial Park and the Suzhou local government.

The panel noted the impressive ERS (ethics, responsible management and sustainability) initiatives which were said to be multi-disciplinary. Examples of this given were the climathon/solar decathlon, China Eco-Apprenticeship Programme, Ladies Who Tech and the Animal Welfare Club.

Professor Jorg Bley, Dean, IBSS said, ‘We are deeply honoured to have received AMBA & BGA accreditation, the final jewel in our Triple Crown. I would like to express my sincere gratitude not only for the hard work our IBSS family has put into building a top quality and internationally recognised business school, but also for the integral support and guidance provided by our AMBA & BGA mentors throughout our accreditation journey.’

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.

Upon receiving AMBA accreditation, all current and recent graduates of the School’s MBA portfolio are invited to join AMBA’s global membership network of approximately 55,000 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.

Andrew Main Wilson, Chief Executive of AMBA & BGA, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome the International Business School Suzhou at Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University to the AMBA & BGA network. To be accredited by both of these organisations is a testament to the quality and standard of both the School and its programmes.

‘The School has demonstrated that it is aligned with the BGA principles, with the panel having observed excellent work in entrepreneurship, responsible teaching and sustainability. The School has made significant achievements in the short time since it has been founded. I am looking forward to working with this School in the future to support its excellent work.’


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About the International Business School Suzhou at Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University

Established in 2013 as the sole business school of Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) offers a unique blend of Western and Chinese academic practices. The Business School features 150 international staff that are an impressive mix of top researchers and experienced business professionals, as well as an innovative educational model for China that seeks to produce internationally-aware students adept at critical thinking, and pioneer new teaching models in the Chinese higher education system. IBSS offers a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the AMBA-accredited International MBA, delivered solely in English and spanning a range of areas within the fields of business, finance, accounting and economics.

IBSS became the youngest Business School in the world to achieve AACSB accreditation in 2015, making history once again with EQUIS accreditation in 2018, and in 2020 become the youngest Business School worldwide to achieve the Triple Crown with AMBA & BGA accreditation. The business school is currently an Advanced PRME Signatory and is heavily focused on creating long term impact in the areas of ethics, responsibility and sustainability.


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