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The Massey Business School has received top marks from the international accreditation body AACSB International. Not only did it maintain its accreditation, a hallmark of excellence achieved by less than 5 per cent of the world’s business programmes, the school received particularly high praise for its levels of engagement and innovation.
AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.
“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accreditation,” says Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International.
“Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty, and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.”
The Massey Business School was praised by the AACSB peer review team for its strong management team, engaged staff and close ties to the New Zealand business community.
“It is a dynamic place with a commitment to continuous improvement. There is lots of energy and excitement and new things being put in place,” the reviewers said.
“Massey Business School excels in engagement. Engagement with the business community is deeply embedded – both for faculty and students.”
The review also highlighted some of the business school’s innovative initiatives, including its annual Research Translation Competition, which challenges academics to make their research more accessible and the Auckland Knowledge Exchange Hub, which provides research-led solutions to public and private organisations.
Consumer Insights, the Massey University spin-off company that provides market research services to regional businesses, and New Zealand’s first university share trading room were also singled out for commendation.
“We are very proud to have maintained our AACSB accreditation and to receive such glowing comments from the peer review team,” says Massey Business School Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean Professor Ted Zorn.
“It was even more satisfying to hear the peer review team, who are all senior international business school leaders, want to follow our example on several of our innovations.”
Created: 26/02/2016 | Last updated: 26/02/2016
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