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Asian Management Briefs (AMB) is a peer reviewed online magazine which raises and discusses practical issues facing Asian based businesses, governments and society. AMB articles will address local Asian problems or phenomena, and how business, government or society is addressing these concerns. The articles will also examine the roots of the problem and offer prescriptive advice to the readers as to how different theories, policies or principles are being used to solve the problem. Asian Management Briefs will be published by a consortium of universities in Asia and the Pacific.



Almaty Management University

Almaty Management University (previously known as IAB) is one of the leading educational institutions in Kazakhstan with rich experience and strong academic traditions. Almaty Management University is an entrepreneurial, socially responsible world-class university. Our mission is: «We prepare a new generation of leaders and generate new knowledge for dynamic societies and the global innovation economy». Our values include: responsibility, integrity, synergy, leadership, proactivity, win-win-win partnership and sustainable development.

An internationally oriented business school in line with Kazakhstani educational standards; AlmaU is—a multidisciplinary nature of programmes; with branches in the 3 biggest cities in Kazakhstan; a socially responsible organisation serving as a benchmark for Kazakhstani business (e.g. Cultural and linguistic camp “Ulytau”; Business Education Teachers Academy (BETA); rural teachers support programme; social financial aid); ISO 9001-2008 certified business processes; a strong focus on research-informed teaching and international outlook; solid high quality ties with more than 90 top-ranked universities and international organisations, nationally and internationally recognised accreditations.

AlmaU is nationally accredited by MES RK (2014), internationally by IQA CEEMAN (2010) and by AMBA (2013). AlmaU is a member of the range of international organizations and associations, such as EFMD, BMDA, AMBA, AACSB, AAPBS, RABE, Talloires Network, UNAI, Magna Charta, Cercles Fran├žais d'Affaires au Kazakhstan (ACFAK), American Chamber of Commerce, European Business Association of Kazakhstan (EUROBAK), and Central Asian Foundation for Management development (CAMAN). AlmaU values its wide network of partners from 25 countries. There are 2800+ students on 13 BBA programmes, 150+ students on 6 master programmes, 500+ MBA students, 40+ doctoral students on 5  PhD and DBA programmes and 1500+ attendees of short-term corporate programmes.


Asian Institute of Management

AIM is the Asian pioneer in international management education. Established in 1968 with the Harvard Business School, Asian academicians, and prominent business leaders, the Institute designs its masters and executive programs to develop practicing managers in Asia's emerging markets. With over 40,000 alumni, AIM has clientele and alumni worldwide and meets the global accreditation standards of the US-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AIM offers three degree programs – the Master in Business Administration (both full time and executive), and a Master in Development Management. The Institute is also well known for open enrollment and custom executive programs for business and non-business organisations. For more information, please visit www.aim.edu.


Singapore Management University (SMU)

A premier university in Asia, the Singapore Management University (SMU) is internationally recognised for its world-class research and distinguished teaching. Established in 2000, SMU's mission is to generate leading-edge research with global impact and produce broad-based, creative and entrepreneurial leaders for the knowledge-based economy. SMU education is known for its highly interactive, collaborative and project-based approach to learning, and for its technologically enabled pedagogy of seminar-style teaching in small class sizes.

Home to around 8,800 undergraduate, postgraduate, executive and professional, full- and part-time students, SMU is comprised of six schools: School of Accountancy, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, School of Economics, School of Information Systems, School of Law, and School of Social Sciences. SMU offers a wide range of bachelors', masters' and PhD degree programmes in the disciplinary areas associated with the six schools, as well as in interdisciplinary combinations of these areas.

SMU has an emphasis on generating rigorous, high-impact, and relevant multi-disciplinary research that addresses Asian issues of global relevance.  SMU faculty members collaborate with leading international researchers and universities from USA, Europe, China and India, as well as with partners in the business community and public sector, through its research institutes, centres and labs. SMU's city campus is a state-of-the art facility located in the heart of downtown Singapore, fostering strategic linkages with business, government and the wider community.


Thammasat Business School

The Thammasat Business School (TBS) was founded in 1938 as the Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy. Its original purpose was to offer undergraduate programs in various functional areas of business in Thai. An aspect of its legacy is that Thammasat University is a public university in which the administrative structure, policies, procedures and budgeting are more like the civil service than a 21st Century international higher educational institution. The official language is Thai.

TBS has a history of innovation. It created the first Mini-MBA, and Executive MBA in Thailand. For international programs, the first was the Master in Marketing established in 1983. The BBA International was setup in 1992. Also in 1992, TBS collaborated with Chulalongkorn University and the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) to start the first Joint Doctoral Program in Business. In 1998, the first Doctorate Program in Marketing began. The International MBA which began in 2003 was also an innovation. The first international PHD program in business was the DPB started in 2008. Accreditation by EQUIS was achieved in 2012.


Universiti Sains Malaysia

Universiti Sains Malaysia, situated in Penang, was established in 1969 as the second university in Malaysia. The university offers a wide range of high quality undergraduate and postgraduate courses to approximately 30,000 students across its 17 Academic Schools. Recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia as a Research Intensive University, USM offers educational and research opportunities to students and staff through its 17 dedicated research centres. USM was also the first university in Malaysia to be selected by the government to participate in the Accelerated Programme for Excellence (APEX), helping the institution towards achieving world-class status.


USM Graduate School of Business (GSB) specialises in providing structured, supervised research across business related fields, applying theory to real business issues. This expertise, combined with the School's strong links with business and commerce ensure that students graduate with the knowledge and skills required to be work ready for top careers in some of the world's most exciting and challenging industries.

GSB students benefit from being a part of a highly ranked and accredited school. In 2015, GSB is ranked among top 150 by QS World University Rankings by Subject of Business and Management Studies. The programmes offered by the School are accredited by the Malaysian Qualification Agency and ABEST21 (The Alliance on Business Education and Scholarship for Tomorrow, a 21st Century organisation), who recognises the GSB as a business school with excellence in practice of sustainable learning and interdisciplinary teaching. GSB is a member of the member of The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business  (AACSB), Association of Asia Pacific Business Schools (AAPBS), The World Association of Business Schools in Muslim Countries (WAIBS), ASEAN Universities Network (AUN: Business and Economics) and signatory to Principles Responsibility of Management Education (PRME).


Viet Nam National University Ho Chi Minh City

Viet Nam National University Ho Chi Minh City (VNUHCM) is one of the largest and most distinguished university systems in Viet Nam. It was founded in 1995 by merging several prestigious universities in Ho Chi Minh City. VNUHCM is currently comprised of six member universities, one research institute, one school and a number of affi­liated centers and units. VNUHCM now offers 114 undergraduate programs, 114 Master’s programs and 84 Doctoral degree programs with more than 60,000 full-time undergraduate students and over 9,500 graduate students enrolled. VNUHCM aims to become one of the top university systems in the region as well as to acquire the status of a world-class university, allowing students, faculty and staff members to participate in a conducive environment to education and creativity.

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