16 Dec 2019 19:14 IST

GMAC selects four new business schools for membership

New schools represent diverse geographies

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC, a global association of leading graduate business schools, announced four new schools into its membership. The addition of Hult International Business School; Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics; Sabanci University, Sabanci Business School; and Trinity College Dublin, Trinity Business School brings GMAC’s total membership to 229.

GMAC members go through an invitation-only process governed by the organization’s board of directors. Nominees then participate in a comprehensive application process that addresses the sustained commitments to supporting GMAC’s mission: providing the tools and information necessary for schools and talent to discover and evaluate each other, says a press release.

“The volume of quality business schools around the world means that a candidate’s journey toward an advanced degree knows no boundaries,” said Sangeet Chowfla, President and CEO of GMAC. “We’re excited to welcome these institutions into membership at GMAC as they reflect the globalisation of our industry. Each school brings unique insight and expertise from their own experience and will contribute significantly to our mission.”

In addition to meeting membership criteria, each school has made a specific pledge to help GMAC meet its mission.

Hult International Business School

Hult International Business School is a non-profit educational pioneer and the first triple-accredited US business school. Ranked by the Financial Times, The Economist, Forbes, and Bloomberg Businessweek, Hult offers programmes at undergraduate, graduate, and executive education levels and awards both US and UK degrees across its global campus locations in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, Shanghai, and New York. Founded by one of Europe's most successful entrepreneurs—Bertil Hult—the school is built on the belief that business skills can only truly be learned by doing. By immersing students from all over the world in practical, hands-on experiences from day one, Hult's programmes develop the skills employers and entrepreneurs need most.

Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics

New and innovative approaches to teaching and research have accelerated the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics’ reputation as a highly ranked business school. Located in the Netherlands, Maastricht will use its experience to support GMAC’s mission of bringing innovation to the marketplace while helping schools and candidates connect with one another. Maastricht will use industry knowledge and expertise to help develop management education material that acknowledges current trends like digitalisation, sustainability and responsibility.

Sabanci University, Sabanci Business School

Established in 1999 as a graduate school of management and later expanding to include undergraduate education, Sabanci Business School (Sabanci SBS) in Istanbul, Turkey, has quickly become one of the leading business schools in its region; ranked as one of the best business schools by the Financial Times. Always research driven, Sabanci SBS delivers a range of challenging and innovative programmes that respond to the current and potential needs of business students and the environment in which they’ll work. In all their programmes Sabanci SOM has been innovative, focusing on developing close links with the business community, striking the right-balance between theory and practice of management, and educating socially responsible managers.

Trinity College Dublin, Trinity Business School

Trinity Business School sits at the heart of a world-renowned research-led university located at the centre of Dublin, a European capital city and hub for global business. Trinity Business School’s approach to education encapsulates international research and industry expertise in a project-based approach where impact on both business and society are key. Trinity Business School supports its students graduate with a ‘moral compass’ and excel at ‘ethical leadership’, developing business strategies that encourage ethical attitudes among consumers and investors.

To be considered for membership in GMAC, schools complete an application process and must maintain a selective admissions process; offer a master’s programme in business administration, management subjects or equivalent; and actively support GMAC’s mission and use the GMAT exam or other GMAC assessments as part of their admissions and enrollment processes. They also participate in GMAC governance, including voting on Board elections and other matters that may come before the Council.