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Strategic partnerships
EMBAC works closely with a number of organizations to strengthen its reach and to better serve its members. These strategic partnerships allow the council to expand its services. For example, the council co-sponsors its Marketing and Admissions Program with one of its strategic partners, the Graduate Management Admission Council®.

AMBA, the Association of MBAs from the United Kingdom, provides a network for MBAs, business schools, and employers and offers an important forum for the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and best practices.

Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools (AAPBS)

AAPBS, the Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools, provides leadership and representation to advance the quality of business and management education in the Asia-Pacific region. It does so by collaborating in research and teaching and working in partnership to improve business school standards and quality.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International)

Comprised of educational institutions, corporations, and other organizations, the AACSB International formed in 1916 to promote the improvement of higher education in business administration and management. The AACSB fills an important role as an accrediting agency for bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degree programs in business administration and accounting.

Central and East European Management Development Association (CEEMAN)

As an international management development association that formed in 1993, CEEMAN focuses on accelerating and improving management development in Central and Eastern Europe.

European Foundation for Management Development (efmd)

Based in Brussels, the efmd serves as Europe’s forum for information, research, networking, and discussion on innovation and best practices in management development. It also serves as an accrediting body for the EQUIS accreditation.

Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC)
GMAC provides products and services that add value to graduate business schools and their students. With 121 graduate business school members in the United States and other countries, GMAC also works to increase awareness of management education.
Featured strategic partner: GMAC®
Graduate Management Admission Council
The Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC) offered its first GMAT® exam more than 60 years ago.

Then more than 1,200 students in five countries took the exam. Throughout the years, those numbers have grown exponentially to an average of 250,000 GMAT exams each year to nearly 200,000 test takers, according to the GMAC 2013-2014 Report to Schools. Three-year average data includes the following statistics:

• 212 member schools
• 6,100 programs
• 113 countries
• 771,000 score reports
• 600 test centers

“GMAC has grown beyond being a provider of the GMAT alone to a global organization that provides insights, research, and professional development to the graduate management industry,” says Sangeet Chowfla, GMAC president and CEO in the report.

“We value our partnership with GMAC,” says Michael Desiderio, EMBAC executive director. “GMAC co-sponsors our popular Marketing and Admissions Program, which has continued to attract record numbers of participants, and supports our annual conference. GMAC helps our schools identify quality candidates and our members bolster their professional development.”

GMAC’s mission focuses on helping schools discover, assess, recruit, and admit talent from throughout the world. Its members come from schools that offer a master’s program in business administration, management subjects, or the equivalent, and that use the GMAT exam. It continues to move forward with its mission with efforts in four key areas:

  • Growing the candidate pipeline by promotion of management education, candidate outreach, enhanced test preparation, on-campus presence, minority inclusion, and attention to emerging markets.

  • Growing and diversifying GMAC’s portfolio of testing products, which helps GMAC meet existing and emerging market needs, address the diversity of students and program types, and build relevance for its products at regional and local levels.

  • Extending GMAC’s value to schools in a number of ways – through research, professional development, products and services, and strengthening of the admissions community

  • Managing the organization to effectively apply the people, resources, and market insights that align business activities to best serve the needs of schools and students.

  • To those ends, GMAC conducts a variety of outreach activities and uses diverse communication tools, including blogs, electronic newsletters, social media, and media relations. A redesign of the web site continues to attract more than one million unique visitors, generating more than 6.4 million page views. GMAC also sponsors professional development opportunities and spearheads numerous research projects, including eight core survey research studies. It sponsors grants to support innovation in graduate management education, as well as donating to charities and community causes.

    “GMAC is a truly remarkable asset to management education and to each of our schools,” says Dina Dommett, executive director, Leadership Programs, London Business School, and 2013-2014 GMAC chair. “From the GMAT exam to and, from research to promotion, from helping us navigate our changing marketplace to helping us lead that change, GMAC makes a difference.” Less...

    “GMAC’s mission is to connect the talent and aspirations of students with the opportunities and careers available to them through graduate management education.”
    Vice President, Americas, GMAC