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It was my great pleasure to welcome 352 virtual guests to the AMBA & BGA AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards in January 2022. 

These were our largest-ever AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards featuring 10 categories, 59 finalists, 42 judges, and we had a record number of entries.  

NEOMA Business School (France) won Best Innovation Strategy 2022 in association with Barco for its ‘NEOMA Business School Virtual Campus’, which aims to provide a place where studying, teaching, meeting, and chatting can take place virtually.  

IE Business School (Spain) won Best Lifelong Learning Initiative 2022 in association with Kortext for ‘Turn It Around – Alumni Engagement’.

IE Business School designed a virtual toolkit to accompany students and alumni, with online learning content, showcasing alumni making a difference in the world, and hosting a virtual experience related to professional development, networking, and wellbeing.


International Business School Suzhou, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) (China) won Best CSR and Sustainability Initiative 2022 for ‘15 Ways in 15 Weeks’.

International Management Institute (MIM-Kyiv) (Ukraine) won Best Business School Partnership 2022 in association with Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) with BookChef Publishing House. Through this partnership, MIM-Kyiv brings an international agenda to Ukraine; helps Ukrainian businesspeople gain access to business books – and even meet some of the authors in person. 

Centrum PUCP Business School, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Peru) won Best Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative 2022, in association with McGraw Hill Education for ‘Word of Women Academy.

Through eight courses, 650 women were trained on a free programme. The project impacted more than 50,000 people. 

EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey, (Mexico) won BGA Business School Impact Award 2022 for ‘Sustainable Wealth Creation Based on Innovation and Technology (SWIT)’. This model is a sustainable wealth creation framework based on disruptive innovation and enabling technologies.

Sotirios Ptochos, Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece) won MBA Startup of the Year 2022 for PEOPLE Technology Solutions. This startup represents a revolutionary approach to climate challenges by proposing sustainable transportation and supply chain solutions.

Ximena Aleman, Escuela de Postgrados en Negocios, Universidad ORT Uruguay took the award for MBA Entrepreneur of the Year 2022 for Prometeo Open Banking, the largest open banking platform in Latin America, providing access to information and payments across 80 APIs from 35 financial institutions in 10 countries.

Theresa Grant, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), won MBA Leadership Award 2022. Theresa has recently been awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of her outstanding leadership, innovation, determination, and commitment to Northamptonshire in the UK.


And the coveted MBA Student of the Year 2022 in association with insendi, a Study Group company, was presented to Monique Farquharson, Aston Business School, Aston University (UK).

Monique seized the opportunities of the full-time Aston MBA programme by engaging in consultancy work with four different companies, securing an internship, helping to deliver TEDx Aston University and becoming a global ambassador.

AMBA student and graduate membership has grown to more than 60,000, and our BGA student and graduate network will, in time, grow to be even larger than this.   EG

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