In the brilliant company of AMBA – ensuring excellence at the world’s top Business Schools
There was a real buzz at our office in Cambridge last Wednesday morning as we eagerly awaited the arrival of Andrew Main Wilson, Chief Executive of the Association of MBAs (AMBA), and colleagues. They were visiting to sign off on a landmark partnership, 12-months in the making, that will help Scientia to better understand the global Business School market, enabling us to respond to the unique timetabling challenges which those Schools face. In doing so, we hope to transform how Business Schools meet their specific scheduling needs.
Not all MBAs are created equal
You may not have heard of AMBA, but you will almost certainly have heard of MBAs: the Master of Business Administration, a postgraduate degree which is widely held to be the essential foundation for a successful business management career. But there are MBAs, and then there are AMBA-accredited MBAs: rigorous assessment ensures that only the highest calibre MBA programmes which demonstrate the best standards in teaching, curriculum and student interaction achieve the AMBA accreditation. That’s roughly the top 2% of MBA programmes worldwide. At a time when the value of an MBA is questionable, and the traditional, institution-based learning model is being disrupted by online providers such as Coursera, an AMBA-accredited MBA is still a sure-fire path to success and, ultimately, wealth: in its 2013 survey, AMBA found that MBA graduates from its UK accredited Business Schools received an average salary of over £82,000. More importantly, AMBA-accredited MBAs offer top-quality connections with the alumni of some of the world’s best Business Schools.
Responding to the unique scheduling challenges of Business Schools
The Business School market is fast-growing and competitive. As with the higher- and further-education markets, institutions are increasingly under pressure to maximise their use of rooms and resources and provide accurate, up-to-date timetables to staff and students. With nearly 30-years of experience behind our class-leading timetabling and resource management software, we’re confident that we can help AMBA’s accredited Business Schools to overcome their specific scheduling challenges: meeting the needs of ambitious students with high expectations; timetabling lectures for high-level business leaders with changing schedules and limited availability; and managing the extra data resulting from partnerships with affiliate schools and universities. More importantly, this partnership shows that AMBA are confident of that, too.
Building on solid foundations
This is not a new space for Scientia: we already supply scheduling solutions to more than 130 Business Schools worldwide – nearly 40 of which are AMBA-accredited. With our help, institutions including Cass Business School, Greenwich School of Management, Copenhagen Business School, BI Oslo, Norwegian School of Economics and ESADE (Barcelona) have been able to optimise their use of staff, rooms and resources, thereby meeting demand, reducing cost and improving student satisfaction.
James Grashoff, Scientia’s Head of Sales & Marketing (EMEAA), said:
“We’re thrilled to be working with AMBA. Our partnership will enable us to respond to the unique scheduling challenges which Business Schools face, particularly the complexities of timetabling within a fast-changing environment. We look forward to building on our work in this sector.”
Andrew Main Wilson, AMBA’s Chief Executive Officer, said:
“In the increasingly competitive and complex global world of postgraduate management education, every Business School is now searching for competitive advantages and more efficient customer service levels. The need for optimising efficiencies from resource planning, including campus facilities and full- and part-time faculty utilisation is now, I believe, becoming more rigorously reviewed, and time-pressed domestic and international students are now demanding more time-efficient curriculum scheduling. We have therefore partnered with Scientia to offer our Schools leading edge thinking and software in best practice scheduling and timetabling.”
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