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Accreditation boosts Business School’s international standing  

31/10/06

Accreditation boosts Business School’s international standing  

Dr Thérèse Woodward was responsible for ensuring Kingston’s Doctor of Business Administration programme reached the standard required for accreditation from the Association of MBAsThe Kingston Business School has added a third prestigious endorsement from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) to its credentials. The Association’s accreditation of Kingston’s Doctor of Business Administration makes the University the only institution in the world to have received official recognition from AMBA for three different courses. Its Master of Business Administration and MA in Business Management already carry the internationally-respected quality mark.

Aimed at senior executives, the DBA is a research-based qualification designed to enhance theoretical knowledge and professional practice at management level. It has been offered at the Business School since 1999. Director of Doctoral Programmes Dr Thérèse Woodward said AMBA accreditation was a sought after independent seal of approval which positioned high-achieving Business Schools in a class above the rest. “Recognition from AMBA demonstrates that our DBA meets the rigorous standards that are of paramount importance in commercial circles,” she said. “The accreditation also serves as further confirmation of Kingston’s standing as a leading provider of business education.”

AMBA Chief Executive Jeanette Purcell said accreditation from the body was becoming increasingly important given the large number of business schools and choice of programmes now available across the globe. “The Association’s role is to advocate quality in postgraduate business education and I am delighted that the Kingston Business School has been one of the first institutions to meet the stringent criteria set down for our recently-launched DBA accreditation,” she said.

Kingston’s MBA programme, which has been running for more than 20 years, has held AMBA accreditation since 1989. The University’s year-long MA in Business Management, designed to enhance the skill range of students changing careers or possessing more limited industry experience, followed suit when it achieved AMBA Pre-Experience Master in General Management (PEMM) status in 2005.

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