The Graduate School of Management at St Petersburg University (GSOM SPbU) is the first business school in Russia to receive accreditation by all three most influential international associations for business education: EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. According to statistics, only one of 100 business schools in the world is afforded such honour.
In November 2021, the accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) was granted. This accreditation confirms that the business school is committed to transforming education in view of international market demands, by integrating cutting edge technologies and best practices into the teaching and learning process.
Commitment to success in the global academic environment has been at the core of the School’s strategy since its foundation in 1993 and The Graduate School of Management has since been continually moving towards this goal. In 2008, the School's progress was recognized by AMBA (the Association of MBAs) and in 2012 – by EQUIS (the European Quality Improvement System). The AACSB accreditation has now allowed the Graduate School of Management to receive the status of a Business School with the ‘triple crown’ accreditation.
Today, only about 100 universities out of 18,000 universities worldwide have all three accreditations. In the academic environment, Triple Crown Accreditation confirms the highest standards of educational quality in Business Education.
‘The Graduate School of Management at St Petersburg University is the first in Russia to receive this international recognition. It gives Russia a place on the map of the best business schools in the world and thus enables Russian business education to compete on the international educational market. In 2006, President of Russia Vladimir Putin set the task of creating a Russian business school capable of offering education at a global level in order to train leaders capable of solving global economic problems and thus increasing the competitiveness of both specific economic sectors as well as the country as a whole. We have now successfully completed this task. The diploma of GSOM, SPbU has become even more valuable, both for our alumni and for employers in Russia and beyond,’ said Sergey Ivanov, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport, Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Graduate School of Management at St Petersburg University.
‘Acclaim at this level is a result of many years of work by the staff at the Graduate School of Management and the whole team of St Petersburg University on the development of its programs in business education. We have introduced advanced new approaches to education, invited the best experts and respected leaders, and implemented innovative projects at the University’s Graduate School of Management.. I am confident that this achievement will inspire our students and teachers to reach new and even higher goals in both education and research, thus providing a new seal of excellence for employers who have always regarded St Petersburg University’s diplomas as a guarantee of excellent training,’ remarked Nikolay Kropachev, Rector of St Petersburg University, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
‘The “triple crown” accreditation of the Graduate School of Management is the highest recognition on the part of the global academic community in the field of Business Education. Sustainable implementation of the proper development strategy and active support on the part of its trustees, has enabled the Graduate School of Management at St Petersburg University to be among the first in Russia to incorporate cutting edge digital technologies and best practices into its teaching and learning process, thus making this success possible. This achievement is a well-deserved result of the hard work by the whole staff of the Graduate School of Management as well as all alumni and partners of the business school,’ emphasized Olga Dergunova, Deputy President and Chairman of VTB Bank Management Board, Director of the Graduate School of Management at St Petersburg University.