On July 26, 2019, the School of Business Administration (SBA) received letter from AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International) headquarter affirming a 5-year business accreditation was officially awarded to the SBA by recent review of the AACSB Initial Accreditation Committee (IAC) and ratification of the AACSB Board of Directors.
The attainment of top standard accreditation is a result of years of endeavor of the whole School and an eloquent testimony to the School's excellence in teaching and learning quality. After going through a harsh journey including eligibility application, initial self-evaluation report (iSER), annual updates, and final self-evaluation report (SER), the SBA eventually entered the final session of review visit in 2019.
The AACSB accreditation review panel, consisting of chair Michael Lee, Vice President of Fu Jen Catholic University, Cheng Kang Chen, former dean of School of Management at Taiwan University of Science and Technology, and Viput Ongsakul, Dean of NIDA Business School, paid a visit to the SBA from June 10 to 12. They had 14 meetings with School and University leaders as well as representatives of faculty, student, alumni, and administrative staff, and conducted on-site assessment with regard to the development strategy and resources deployment, talent cultivation, scientific research, faculty management and supports, assurance of learning, student management and support, internationalization, social services and alumni service. After the field visit, the review panel gave highly positive feedback on SBA's accomplishments in the process. Song Gao, president of the South China University of Technology, expressed his gratitude to the panel members for their diligence at work and positive feedback. On behalf of the University, he assured that in the future to come there would be more input to the development of the School in terms of resources and policy, and hoped for continuous support and guidance from the panelists.
Founded in 1916, AACSB International, a nonprofit association of global prominent b-schools and a premier global accrediting body, is dedicated to the improvement of business higher education. With Harvard University, Columbia University, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University and so on as its founding members, AACSB accreditation is the longest-serving, and the most influential one within the international b-school accreditation system. It's an international distinguished hallmark of excellence in business education and one of the key indicators of Chinese Ministry of Education's Discipline Evaluation.