The Association of MBAs (AMBA) is the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education, established in 1967 by a small group of business graduates with the aim to raise the profile of business education and the MBA qualification in UK and Europe.
According to the Association of MBAs or AMBA’s:
“‘Hard’ skills of analytical and strategic thinking are still important, but soft skills such as oral and written communication, presentation skills, adaptability and the ability to negotiate are becoming increasingly important… A recurring theme throughout the event was that employers are in desperate need for MBA graduates with ‘soft’ skills.
“As the 2014 GMAC employer survey demonstrates, the days when the ‘hard’ skills of analytical and strategic thinking dominated are over, and it’s oral and written communication, presentation, adaptability and the ability to negotiate that industry is asking the schools to teach their students.”
EPAS is an international programme accreditation system operated by EFMD. It aims to evaluate the quality of any business and/or management programme that has an international perspective and, where of an appropriately high quality, to accredit it.
Source: EFMD – EPAS
Prof. David Asch, Associate Director, Quality Services & EPAS Director, commented: “I would like to warmly congratulate all the Institutions that have successfully gone through the EPAS accreditation and reaccreditation processes. Their achievement illustrates these Institutions’ commitment to the continuous improvement of the quality of their programmes. The highly demanding EPAS standards ensure that accredited programmes are designed and delivered so that they are both academically rigorous and have practical relevance for students in today’s global environment.”(EFMD Quality Services Brochure, pg. 6)
”It is our students who really benefit from this accreditation through an international market recognition of our high quality business and management programmes. It gives Sheffield Business School greater potential for cross-border recognition by national quality agencies and other EPAS accredited institutions. The accreditation process particularly focuses on academic rigour, the quality of the student experience, the level of business engagement, the international dimension of the programme, and linkages with alumni and their career progression.” Prof. Adrian Hopgood, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University (EFMD Quality Services Brochure, pg. 8)
”We consider the achievement of EPAS accreditation not only as an acknowledgement of our teaching and learning excellence, but also as a statement of our commitment to ongoing improvement. We shall consider this accreditation as the beginning of an ongoing, continuous improvement process.” Prof. Wen Hai, Dean, Peking University HSBC Business School, Vice President Peking University (EFMD Quality Services Brochure, pg. 9)
”We are honoured to be awarded EQUIS accreditation – we are the first and, for the time being, the only business school in Russia and CIS to receive it. We achieved EPAS accreditation of our Bachelor programme and used this as a base for systemic improvement of the whole school.“ Prof. Andrey L. Kostin, Director General, Graduate School of Management, St. Petersburg University (EFMD Quality Services Brochure, pg. 3)