London Stock Exchange Group today welcomes AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In more than 100 countries, AACSB connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders.

Business schools are called on to address the needs of the students they educate and the industries they serve. Founded in 1916, AACSB leads these efforts through quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to over 1,600 member organisations and more than 800 accredited business schools worldwide.

"Business schools have a unique opportunity to impact society by developing talent, co-creating new ideas and understanding, as well as innovating and establishing new business," said Tom Robinson, president and CEO of AACSB. "This impact cannot be achieved without valuable partnerships with industry and across higher education, and AACSB is proud to serve as a leader and convener in this space."

Through AACSB Accreditation, schools are challenged to pursue excellence and continuous improvement throughout their business programs. AACSB Accreditation is known, worldwide, as the longest-standing, most recognised form of specialized/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn. AACSB alumni are among the world's most influential leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs impacting business, government, and nonprofit sectors. Of particular note, 96 percent of the chief executives on the 2016 Financial Times' "From MBA to CEO" list attended an AACSB-accredited school.

AACSB’s award-winning publications and its DataDirect database on business schools—the world's most comprehensive—ensure that the organisation is continuously monitoring the business education industry for significant issues, challenges, trends, and new developments. Thousands of participants also turn to AACSB's professional development portfolio for more than 90 international events annually—offering unparalleled networking opportunities and event programming covering the most relevant and timely issues in business education.

Business practitioners play a key role in the future of business education. The global business community relies on AACSB-accredited schools to develop the talent and skills of the next generation of leaders, and AACSB relies on the dynamic business ecosystem to inform where business is going. Given the reciprocal nature of these goals, AACSB builds collaborative relationships with a variety of global associations and corporations committed to enhancing the quality and value of business education. AACSB values the uniqueness in each of its collaborations, and welcomes new entities in an effort to champion business education through their collective strength.

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