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Structure of Association of African Business Schools Associates

Who are AABS Associates?

AABS Associates:

  • Support AABS’s mission and vision of enabling all business schools in Africa to contribute towards inclusive economic and social development in the continent by promoting excellence and responsibility in business and management education; AND
  • Target the same audience of African Business Schools and their current-, past- or potential faculty OR
  • Are organisations involved in business and management education, including but not limited to executive education, similar to that of AABS members.

What do AABS Associates believe and contribute?

  • They believe that building local management capacity in business schools, businesses and governments in Africa is key to promoting excellence in business and management in Africa.
  • They believe in the potential of increased economic activity in Africa to contribute towards global growth
  • They are willing to support AABS and its objectives by collaborating with AABS by contributing some or all of the following:
    • knowledge
    • thought leadership
    • experience
    • expertise
    • products
    • services
    • research
    • time
    • funding
  • At a minimum, they contribute an annual AABS Associate fee, as well as at least one contribution per annum to the AABS Insight Newsletter.

What are the benefits of being an AABS Associate?

AABS Associates:

  • Gain opportunities to network with African business schools, their Deans and Directors and faculty, business leaders and thought leaders at workshops, conferences and events.
  • Are listed on the AABS Website www.aabschools.com.
  • Are recognized in the AABS Annual Report and AABS Connect conference booklet.
  • May advertise news or events, relevant to management education in Africa, in the quarterly AABS Insight Newsletter.
  • May submit communications relevant to the AABS constituency to the AABS Secretariat to be distributed to the AABS Database 

What is the process of becoming an AABS Associate?

Please download and complete the AABS Associate application form.  The AABS secretariat will assess the application and communicate the outcome.  The annual fee for 2017 is USD 3,000.

For further information please contact info@aabschools.com or  +27 11 771 4382.

AABS 2018 Associates 

Emerald Group Publishing

Emerald is a global publisher linking research and practice to the benefit of society. Founded in 1967, Emerald today manages a range of digital products, a portfolio of nearly 300 journals, more than 2,500 books and over 450 teaching cases.


GMAC® -The Graduate Management Admission Council® 

GMAC® is a non-profit association of leading business schools around the world. GMAC meets the needs of management schools and students through a wide array of products, services, and programs. It is the leading source of research and information about quality graduate management education.

We also own and administer the GMAT® exam, the premier standardized test specifically designed for graduate business and management programs. Available in approximately 110 countries, it is the most widely used assessment for graduate management admissions and the most reliable predictor of academic success in graduate management studies.


AMBA - Association of MBAs

The Association of MBAs is the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education. Our accreditation service is the global standard for all MBA, DBA and MBM programmes. We accredit MBA provision at 201 schools in over 70 countries. We are the only professional membership association that connects MBA students, graduates, accredited business schools, and MBA employers.


MDE Business School (IHE-Afrique)

MDE Business School is a non-profit Academic and research institute set up by an association (named IHE-Afrique) of business leaders operating in Cote d’Ivoire. From its inception in 2003, MDE has delivered seminars aimed at honing management skills of public and private sector leaders. In 2010, the school entered into a partnership agreement with IESE Business School (Spain) and Lagos Business School (Nigeria) to debut comprehensive open-enrolments Executive Education programs. This milestone brought several positive and important changes to the development of MDE. MDE has now 3 different programs, a campus facility with a capacity of 120 persons and more than 500 Alumni (from senior to mid-level executives who have attended its programs). Furthermore, over the past 10 years, the school has drawn more than 1000 participants to its customized programs.


AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is a global, nonprofit membership organization of educational institutions, businesses, and other entities devoted to the advancement of management education. Established in 1916, AACSB International provides its members with a variety of products and services to assist them with the continuous improvement of their business programs and schools.

In addition to providing its members with products and services, AACSB International strives to identify challenges and trends that are facing the business education industry through its research and various initiatives. The association also educates students, parents, employers, and counselors about accreditation and how to choose a quality business degree program that will fit their needs.


Previous AABS Partners

GBSN - Global Business School Network 

The Global Business School Network is a nonprofit organization that addresses the severe shortage of management talent that stifles prosperity in developing countries. Our mission is to build management education capacity for the developing world. We harness the power of a global network of leading business schools to build local management education capacity that combines international best practice with local relevance. GBSN works with schools in 27 countries, as well as corporations, development organizations and governments that share a commitment to improving management education for the developing world. 

Peregrine Academic Services

Peregrine Academic Services Global Business Education assessment services are available in British English, Spanish, French, German, Mongolian, Russian, and Portuguese with regional and country-specific aggregate comparison pools. The services are customized to the academic program and the services are designed to address institutional and programmatic accreditation requirements related to quality, accountability, and continuous improvement.  Other EDUCATIONAL SERVICES include Academic Leveling Courses, Bloomberg Businessweek B-School Connection, e-Programmes Education Service, Exploring Your Potential: Career Readiness Courses, Online Leadership Courses, and Write & Cite: An Academic Writing Readiness Course.  Our HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPORT SERVICES focus on leadership development programs and academic consulting services that address the specific needs of higher education. 


ACBSP - Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs offers specialized accreditation of business schools and programs.  With over 1,200 member campuses and 800 campuses with accredited status ACBSP offers valued opportunities to make global connections.  Our accreditation focuses on teaching excellence with a process focused on assurance of learning.   ACBSP offers individual member benefits to faculty and others on campus at no additional cost. 



CEEMAN - International Association for Management Development in Dynamic Societies

Established in 1993 with the aim of accelerating the growth and quality of management development in Central and Eastern Europe, CEEMAN has become a global network of management development institutions involved in the economic restructuring and social change in dynamic societies. Currently CEEMAN has 215 institutional and individual members from 53 countries in Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa and Asia.

ABIS - The Academy of Business in Society

The Academy of Business in Society (ABIS) is a leading global business-academic partnership, with a global network encompassing over 140 multinational companies, business schools, and universities. Members pledge institutional involvement in the ABIS platform with opportunities to participate in our initiatives in research, education, and mainstreaming in the fields of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability. 

PRME - Principles for Responsible Management Education

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is a United Nations Global Compact sponsored initiative with the mission to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally. The Six Principles of PRME are inspired by internationally accepted values, such as the Ten Principles of the Global Compact. They seek to establish a process of continuous improvement among institutions of management education in order to develop a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex challenges faced by business and society in the 21st century. Currently, over 500 signatories have joined PRME representing over 80 countries. PRME’s Steering Committee is comprised of global and specialised associations, including AABS.


EFMD - European Foundation for Management Development

EFMD is an international, not-for-profit, membership-driven organisation, based in Brussels. With 800 member organisations from academia, business, public service and consultancies established in 80+ countries across the world, EFMD plays a central role in shaping the European approach to management and business education. By leveraging its unique network of business schools and corporations, EFMD is playing a catalyst role for management education and research. It promotes excellence with globally recognised initiatives, such as EQUIS, EPAS, CLIP and CEL, the programmes in quality improvement and accreditation of management education.


CMO Council - The Chief Marketing Officer Council 

The Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council is the only global network of executives specifically dedicated to high-level knowledge exchange, thought leadership and personal relationship building among senior corporate marketing leaders and brand decision-makers across a wide range of global industries. The CMO Council's 6,500+ members control more than $350 billion in aggregated annual marketing expenditures and run complex, distributed marketing and sales operations worldwide. Regional chapters and advisory boards are active in the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, India and Africa. There are more than 600 active members in Sub-Saharan Africa.









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Emerald AABS Case Study Competition 

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