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International Associations and Accreditations

Membership in international professional associations has always been a priority for IBS. Currently IBS is a member of the following associations:


    CEEMAN was founded in 1993. The main aim of the association is to accelerate the growth in quality of management development in Central and Eastern Europe. It is a global network of management development institutions interested in quality of education and innovations in this field, as well as in the broad area of subjects related to change. IBS has been a CEEMAN member since 1993. CEEMAN has organised several events in Russia under the aegis of IBS.

  • AACSB International

    The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International is one of the largest international communities of business schools in the world. It is a network of business schools, corporate, non-profit and public sector organisations. AACSB International advances quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. IBS has been a member of AACSB International since 1993. It has taken an active part in the events organised by the Association.

  • European Foundation for Management Development

    EFMD is a management development network based in Brussels, Belgium. It has over 750 member organisations from academia, business, public service and consultancy. EFMD acts as a catalyst to promote and enhance excellence in management development internationally. IBS became a member of EFMD in 1991.

  • Executive MBA Council

    The Council was formed in 1981 to bring together different Executive MBA programmes. The aim of the Council is to advance executive education worldwide in a number of ways - through its partnerships, conferences, research, and outreach activities. IBS joined the Executive MBA Council in 2003. It is the only Russian member of the Council.

  • Association of MBAs

    The Association of MBAs (AMBA) is an international accreditation body based in London. It was founded in 1967 to promote professional postgraduate education. AMBA is an exclusive organisation. It does not offer ‘membership’ to business schools. Any school wishing to include the AMBA logo on its website or literature must first gain accredited status for its MBA provision. AMBA accreditation is an internationally recognised standard.

  • International Accreditation

    The IBS Executive MBA programme is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA). AMBA accreditation guarantees that the programme complies with international MBA standards. In 2007 the EMBA offered by IBS was accredited by AMBA for five years, the maximum possible period.