Great Lakes Institute becomes youngest in India to receive prestigious AMBA International Accreditation

The Great Lakes Institute of management, Chennai has become the youngest and the 7th B school in India to receive the AMBA (Association of MBAs), UK accreditation. The institute has received accreditation for its flagship one year fast track PGPM program and its two year executive PGXPM program. With the prestigious achievement, the institute now has joined the league of some of the world’s renowned institutes such as INSEAD France, London Business School, HEC Paris, IIM Calcutta, who have received the accreditation in the past. Apart from Great Lakes, only 6 other institutes in India including IIM-C, IIM-L, MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR have so far been accredited by AMBA.

Great Lakes AMBA Accredited

AMBA accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education and is earned only by the best programs in the world. This accreditation is the global standard for all MBA, DBA and MBM programs. Great Lakes has received the accreditation in just a decade and the recognition has impelled the Institute’s vision for the next decade- From Success to Substance.

Releasing the official confirmation, Mr. Mark Stoddard of MBA world congratulated Great Lakes on the accreditation. The AMBA accreditation assessment process is subject to rigorous criteria set to international standards.  Some of the criteria to be fulfilled are; Program should reflect the changing trends in management, continuous efforts to fulfill an explicitly set mission of the Institute, ability to demonstrate high levels of quality across its faculty and majority of members of the faculty to hold a Doctorate.

Apart from this, AMBA also looks at significant contribution by the Institute in three vital areas – Research, Consultancy and Scholarships. The accredited programs are reviewed once in five years to ensure that the quality is maintained and continuous improvement is achieved. Great Lakes went through this rigorous evaluation process for receiving this accreditation and three AMBA officials physically visited its campus to assess the standards at the B school.

The AMBA accreditation has hallmarked the institute’s vision of providing global standards management education.

Great Lakes Institute of Management

Great Lakes Institute of Management, established in 2004 by Dr. Bala V. Balachandran, has emerged as a leading B-school in India within a short span of 10 years. Led by exceptional academic faculty, steered by an outstanding advisory council and buoyed by the international collaborations, Great Lakes has, within a short span of 10 years emerged as a top-ranked business school, ranked 8th among 1 year MBA program by Outlook India, 9th under Executive Programs by Business Today, 10th among Executive Programs by CNBC-TV18 and 16th among top Indian B-schools by Business India in 2013. In 2014, Great Lakes was accredited by Association of MBAs (AMBA, UK) for its PGPM and PGXPM programs and became the youngest B-school in India to receive this prestigious international accreditation. Great Lakes has 40+ full time faculty and 130+ visiting faculty including over 20 international faculty from top global schools like Yale, Kellogg, Stanford, etc. Further collaborations with world's leading institutions like Yale University, Nanyang Technological University, University of Houston, University of Bordeaux, etc., have helped Great Lakes in globally benchmarking its programs. Great Lakes has a 27.5 acres LEED Platinum rated green campus in Chennai and a second campus in Delhi-NCR.

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