The Importance of Choosing An Accredited MBA Course
As one of the most sought-after postgraduate programmes in the world, the MBA is being offered by more universities every year. With nearly 4,000 MBA programmes of varying modes, quality and reputation on offer all over the world, it is becoming ever more important to do your research before applying to ensure that the course you choose is a good investment of your time and money.
When considering an MBA, in addition to weighing the cost, location and prestige, you should also make sure to check if it is accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and relevant professional bodies. Accreditation ensures that the course provides the best education, training and facilities according to specific quality standards, which serve to protect your educational rights and to produce qualified individuals for the industry.
The main role of the MQA is to implement the Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF) as a basis for quality assurance of higher education. It is also the reference point for the criteria and standards for national qualifications.
If you are planning to study an MBA, look for accreditation by at least one of the three main global accreditation bodies:
• Association of MBAs (AMBA), based in the UK
• Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), based in the US
• European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), based in Belgium.
Before applying for a course, make sure you check its accreditation. Do not skip this vital step, otherwise you might end up with unqualified tutors, substandard facilities, lack of resources, or worse – a qualification that is not recognised by the relevant industry. The validity of your education will also affect your eligibility for scholarships and loans from sponsors.