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My First Site Visit for GBSN to the Asian Institute of Management

Posted By Nicole Zefran, Thursday, February 27, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Nicole ZefranLast month I had the opportunity to conduct my very first site visit for GBSN. I traveled all the way to the Philippines and visited the Asian Institute of Management, located in the heart of the Metro Manila’s business district, Makati City. The school has been a member of GBSN since January of 2012. Being half Filipino, I was eager to visit the school and meet our GBSN ambassador, Ron Chua, for the first time. Professor Chua has participated in GBSN projects and represented AIM at the 2013 GBSN Annual Conference in Tunis. He arranged a full campus tour, allowing me to see the school’s beautiful facilities while learning about its history.

Since its inception in 1968, AIM has grown to grown to be a leading business school in its region, training business, government and civil society leaders, from over 70 different countries, to handle the challenges and opportunities of a quickly changing Asian region. I was exceptionally proud to hear that AIM was the first ever Southeast Asian school to be accredited by AACSB.

Along with leading schools like Ivey, Harvard and UVA Darden, AIM uses case method as its principal mode of learning - students are teamed up with an experienced professor to examine real-life solutions in class discussions and evaluate hundreds of cases to perfect their managerial skills.

AIM is made up of three schools:

  1. W. SyCip Graduate School of Business (WSGSB): The GSB’s two degree programs—the Master in Business Administration and Master in Management. These programs were described to me as being "global in scope and content, Asian in context and delivery, and designed with emphasis on practitioner-oriented learning.”
  2. Executive Education and Lifelong Learning Center (EXCELL): EXCELL is AIM’s executive development division. AIM executive education first launched its general management programs in the 1970s
  3. Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management (SZGSDM): SZGSDM’s mission directly aligns with GBSN’s vision and mission of looking to address the shortage of local management talent in the developing world, with a focus on Asia!

The SZ graduate development program works to overcome the challenge of sustaining Asian development. Its mission is to mold the next generation of development leaders and change agents at the development organization level and in government.

This school produces development reagents with the capability to execute programs with a high impact on the poor, while also aiming to build strong sustainable institutions.

With a great reputation and continued work in fostering sustainable development in Asian societies, AIM can be acknowledged as a leader in producing practicing managers in Asia’s emerging markets.

Find pictures I took during my campus tour below:









The front view of the Asian Institute of Management





















A Harvard Business School professor was there conducting a seminar.




















Flags of all the countries that AIM students represent.


 AIM's beautiful front lobby



































Each student has their own box where cases are delivered every Friday. 


































AIM's dorm facilities. AIM encourages its students to live on campus for the duration of their programs to facilitate group work.




















AIM's beautiful Zen garden, where they host many campus events as well as graduation.

>> Read AIM's Blog  


Nicole Zefran is the Network Assistant at the Global Business School Network. 

Tags:  Asian Institute of Management  Case Method  Management Education  Management Quality 

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