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Marcel van der Ham, Business School Netherlands' Director of Accreditation and DBA programmes, just returned from a trip to France, where he attended ATHEA's Spring conference. ATHEA - the Association for Transnational Higher Education Accreditation – was launched in May 2015 and is a non-profit, membership-based association that seeks to advance quality in international higher education through institutional accreditation based on the European standards and guidelines.
The three-day conference marked the first official gathering of the Board of Commissioners, where they decided on accreditation applications from several candidates. The Board spent two days researching the application criteria. Various representatives from the following countries, the United States, Canada, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Ukraine, attended the conference representing the nine business schools and universities that have joined ATHEA so far, amongst which the largest university of its kind is the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
ATHEA aspires to be the preeminent resource for institutions of higher education striving to achieve excellence in fulfilling their missions. ATHEA is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that is dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation. Accreditation by a Board of Commissioners instils public confidence in the institutional mission, goals, performance, and resources through its rigorous accreditation standards and their enforcement of those standards. Amongst its current members are Maastricht School of Management, Business School Netherlands, UIBS (USA – Europe), Horizons University (France), ISM (France), Embry Riddle Europe (USA – Europe) and Monarch Business School (Switzerland).
Part of the conference’s goals was for the Board to come to a joint decision-making process with regards to candidate accreditations. “We spent two days studying and discussing the exact criteria an application must meet in order to qualify,” says Marcel van der Ham, upon his return. “To have such lively and in-depth debates about the quality of higher education with twenty experts from so many different countries was fantastic,” Van der Ham stated. The Board will soon decide about the candidate accreditations of the first three institutes that have requested to join ATHEA.
Read more about ATHEA and its mission.
A BSN alumnus, Ajit Paul, looks back on his MBA journey. “The way Prof Coop guided and explained things is something I never encountered during my college days”
Ajit Paul is currently responsible for the technology and application enablement function in South Africa and Africa, working as an Associate Director for Deloitte T&T. He registered for the International Action Learning MBA at Business School Netherlands in February 2012 and graduated in September 2014. Both the country manager and his former manager recommended BSN to him. Ajit: “I was hoping the MBA would give me a more structured approach to business. Applying for new roles after the completion of an MBA will increase your chances to sneak ahead of the competition, as many employers look favorabaly at a Master qualification.”
What was your main motivation to study an MBA?
“The knowledge and respect gained from completing specialist business qualifications is generally considered to be beneficial for a range of roles across all industries – especially for those roles that require management and leadership skills.”
What has been the added value of Action Learning to you?
“Through practicing Action Learning I added value to my company as well as myself by learning and completing the right projects in all the streams and subjects like Finance, HRM, Marketing, etc.”
Looking back on the MBA, how has it affected your career?
“All was very structured and well planned. The tutors were amazing. I enjoyed my engagement with Prof Coop (Red Barron) the most, his guidance and the way he explained things is something I never encountered in my college days. My Dissertation focused on “Outsourcing Market” and as a result, I believe that I have become an SME (Subject Matter Expert) on the subject!”
What was the absolute highlight of the programme for you?
“The structure of the Dissertation, especially the EAML, Literature Review and survey. I really enjoyed every single chapter of my Dissertation. Also, I appreciated the way logistics were handled by BSN during both our visits to the Netherlands.”
How has the programme changed or influenced your daily life?
“Personally, I have become more disciplined and developed a very structured approach when looking at an issue or problem statement. Moreover, it has also boosted my confidence: I can proudly tell people that I hold an MBA degree. Professionally, it has exposed me to various other topics such as Finance, HR and Marketing, which I wasn’t familiar with before.”