Accolades from the media, endorsements from heavyweight corporates, consistently top rankings notwithstanding, the School of Communication & Management Studies, Cochin (SCMS-COCHIN) after firmly entrenching itself as a top 25 B-School in India, has now clinched global credentials through its collaboration with The Association of Business Schools, UK, (ABS, UK) the authoritative voice for all the B-Schools of UK universities. This laurel follows close on the heels of SCMS-COCHIN being the 7th B-School in India to earn accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a global agency that is responsible for the accreditation of B-Schools, headquartered in Kansas City.
This collaboration with ABS, UK and accreditation with ACBSP, has now catapulted SCMS-COCHIN into the top league of B-Schools in India. All the leading B-Schools in the UK are long-standing members of ABS. Members benefit from sharing issues and best practice as well as developing initiatives and policy through ABS. These include: development and training programs, access to ABS research, and Biz Ed Directory listings (online course directory). Besides this, ACBSP’s stamp of approval means greater visibility for SCMS-COCHIN and better placement opportunities for its students, as most of the global corporate giants have a policy of visiting only ACBSP accredited B-Schools for recruitment. Accreditation is considered the hallmark of a quality B-School education, and students at SCMS-COCHIN are thrilled by the honour bestowed upon it from ACBSP.
Pradeep P Thevannoor, Group Director SCMS, says, “We are proud of this association with ABS as it helps in attaining our goals of a pan-global presence and to provide international-level education to our students.” Paul Marshall, Chief Executive, ABS added, “We are delighted to welcome SCMS-COCHIN as an affiliate. Business and management is global by its very nature and with its input will enable closer ways to collaborate and consolidate forward.” For the faculty, the journey has been just as rewarding as the end results. Prof. Mariakutty Varkey , HOD Systems Department says the accreditation by ACBSP is just another indicator of the excellence one can expect at SCMS-COCHIN.“ The accreditation process has also helped SCMS-COCHIN to integrate a series of globally recognized best practices with regard to our programs and courses.”
ABS, UK CEO Paul Marshall said his organization is excited to add SCMS-COCHIN and extend its portfolio of existing 117 UK business schools. With addition of SCMS-COCHIN, ABS hopes to deliver quality and consistency in all its management education initiatives. Paul Marshall added that it is imperative that ABS serves and represents all its members, and its growing international base and partnerships will enable them to have a holistic approach on a global scale.