Hult International Becomes AACSB Accredited
Less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide hold an AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business) accreditation. The Hult International Business School has now been added to that list. Not only does this 100-year-old benchmark indicate Hult’s quality education, but it will also allow the school to re-enter the Financial Times MBA rankings in 2018.
Since the middle of the 1960s, Hult has been considered a disruptive new business school with its international campus, working professionals as professors, and experiential learning approach. Now, it’s approach has been recognized as successful and the school has been established as one of the few business school elite.
When talking about the accreditation, Dr. Ian Dougal, Hult’s Dean of Academic Quality, said in a news release: “AACSB accreditation is a validation of the quality of the education that we provide. We pride ourselves on our innovative attitude toward business education, and AACSB accreditation validates what we have done and what we will do in the future.”,The accreditation is an impressive feat considering the youngness of the school. It wasn’t until 2003 that the Hult Boston Campus welcomed its inaugural MBA class. Then, eleven years later, the MBA program was awarded the Association of MBA’s innovation award. And just two years after that, in 2016, Bloomberg ranked Hult as the 17th Best International MBA in the world.
Now, with the AACSB accreditation, the school has, even more, opportunities for advancement. Still, it wasn’t an easy road. For the last three years, since 2013 when the new standards—emphasized engagement, innovation and impact—were released, the school has been working toward accreditation.
“These are three pillars that are very much in sync with Hult’s core values as a global school that emphasizes real-world relevance,” Dougal said. “AACSB encourages institutions to push the boundaries of traditionally-defined business school models and roles, and set the standard for a new concept of business education.”