Best business schools keep programmes relevant & current

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Ongoing input & engagement with local, national & international organisations

The best business schools in the world have demonstrated they prepare students for careers in an ever-changing world. To achieve this successfully, keeping the content of their MBA, Master's and business and management degree programmes current and relevant is essential. They do this through regular contact and engagement with professional bodies, companies and organisations all over the world, in almost every sector and industry imaginable.

Examples of engagement with business experts at the best business schools

Professional accreditation

Many of the programmes at the best schools hold professional accreditation at a subject or sector level as well as any organisation-wide accreditations. Each of these awards has its own regulations and standards to measure the quality and effectiveness of the content and learning outcomes. See our list, and look out for accreditation from:

  • Association for Events Management Education (AEME)
  • Association for Project Management (APM)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Association of International Accountants (AIA)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) University Affiliation Program
  • Chartered Banker Institute (CBI)
  • Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments (CISI)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)
  • Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) 
  • Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)         
  • Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) 
  • Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (ICSA)  
  • Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE)
  • Investment Management Certificate (IMC)
  • Small Business Charter  


Courses developed in partnership 

The best business schools develop courses in partnership with businesses, some exclusively for company employees or organisation members, others accessible to all. You'll find degree apprenticeships, business degrees and short courses running in partnership with some of the professional bodies listed above, as well as organisations as diverse as PwC and Pinewood Studios. 

Advisory boards

To stay abreast of the latest developments, trends, issues and challenges, the best business schools seek guidance from prominent leaders from private and public sector businesses and organisations. Through international advisory and programme boards, they advise on matters of strategic importance, provide input into course reviews, help schools expand their corporate and institutional relationships, and increase practitioner involvement in research, learning and teaching. Membership is impressive by any standards and, for example, at the University of Exeter  Business School and Leeds Business School, currently includes:   

  • Chairman of the Phoenix Group, WH Smith and Bright House 
  • Chairman, Cognita Schools & Board Advisor, Mars Incorporated 
  • Chief Executive Officer, ACCA
  • Deputy Chair of Board & Chief People Officer, Bupa
  • Former Chief Executive Officer, Reuters Group
  • Former Equity Tax Partner, Deloitte
  • Former Head of Corporate Purpose, PwC
  • Managing Director, Credit Suisse International
  •  Vice President, IBM Asia Pacific

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