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UvA Economics and Business’ Amsterdam Business School (ABS) has been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA). This means UvA Economics and Business has officially acquired triple crown status.


Previously, UvA Economics and Business achieved a mark of quality from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and EQUIS. With the addition of AMBA, UvA Economics and Business becomes part of a select group with a so-called Triple Crown. Worldwide, only 1% (about 76) of all business schools/faculties with business programmes (approximately 14,000) have managed to achieve this prestigious status.

Prof. Han van Dissel, dean of UvA Economics and Business, is extremely pleased with the result. ‘The triple accreditation is literally and figuratively a crowning achievement for our work. It attests to the quality of both our research and teaching.’

Strong reputation

AMBA is one of the three most important internationally independent accreditation organisations for management programmes. As opposed to AACSB and EQUIS, both of which assess the faculty and business school as a whole, AMBA evaluates MBA programmes.

‘We are very particular about who we accredit’, says AMBA Chief Executive Andrew Main Wilson. ‘In fact, AMBA accredits less than 5% of the world’s entire portfolio of business schools. With its accreditation, the Faculty of Economics & Business at the University of Amsterdam joins the world’s leading business schools. We value working closely with them and AMBA’s MBA members to ensure outstanding postgraduate management education continues to be the top priority for employers, governments and ambitious executives who will become the global business leaders of the future.’

The AMBA panel evaluated the UvA’s Amsterdam MBA and its three different tracks, namely General Management, Big Data & Business Analytics, and Healthcare Management. The panel spoke to management, students, staff, alumni and employers.

In its final report, the panel notes that ‘The University brand and Business School research reputation are strong’ and that ‘The introduction of the (industry driven) Healthcare Management and Big Data tracks on the MBA are commended by the panel’. Moreover, the panel is thoroughly impressed by the support staff and collegial atmosphere, the career guidance and new initiatives for alumni. ‘You can compare the triple crown with three stars in the Michelin Guide’, says Sebastian Kortmann, director of the MBA programme. ‘All our hard work has paid off.’

Talented students

The MBA track in Healthcare Management has been developed in close cooperation with the healthcare industry and equips medical doctors and hospital staff with key management skills. ‘I am extremely pleased that the AMBA panel has stressed the importance of this programme for the healthcare sector’, says Dr Jaap van den Heuvel, programme director of the track and CEO of the Red Cross Hospital (Rode Kruis Ziekenhuis) and Burns Unit in Beverwijk.

Big Data & Business Analytics focuses on people with a strong quantitative background who want to apply advanced analytics within a business context. This MBA was the first of its kind in Europe to combine ABC: Analytics, Business and Computer Science. ‘This has allowed us to attract extremely talented students”, says Dr Marc Salomon, programme director.

About Economics and Business

The faculty has about 5,300 students and 375 members of staff. Education at UvA Economics and Business falls under two Schools: The Amsterdam Business School (ABS) and Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE). These schools offer three-year bachelor’s programmes and one-year master’s programmes. Research at UvA Economics and Business is carried out at the Amsterdam School of Economics Research Institute (ASE-RI) and the Amsterdam Business School Research Institute (ABS-RI). In addition to a focus on research, the UvA Economics and Business also has close ties to the domestic and international business community. This gives education a direct link with practice and ensure that it has links with society and the community at large. In a recent National Student Survey (NSA), UvA Economics and Business’ largest Master’s programme, Business Administration, was voted as the best MSc Business Administration programme in the Netherlands.