• Accreditation


    All academic programmes (MBA and DBA) offered by GSB have complied with the requirements of Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) Framework.

    For further information please visit: http://www.mqa.gov.my/



    In the aims to provide high quality of academic programmes at GSB which has an international perspective, GSB had become a full member of ABEST21 (The Alliance on Business Education and Scholarship for Tomorrow, a 21st Century organization) since 2011.

    On 8th March, 2014, GSB has been granted the accreditation status of ABEST21 for its MBA programme. ABEST21 also recognized GSB as a business school with the excellence in practice of sustainable learning and interdisciplinary teaching.



    ABEST21 was established as a non-profit organisation on July 1, 2005, and recognised as a business accreditation agency for business schools by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) on October 12, 2007. To date, the number of member institutions and the number of represented countries have more than doubled, with ABEST21 membership now comprising 76 business schools and 6 companies from 18 different countries.

    The mission of ABEST21 is to advance management education of business schools on a global basis by encouraging mutual cooperation among its member institutions. The mission can be accomplished through the following goals:

    • 1. Sharing the information on curricular and teaching materials between the member institutions.
    • 2. Promoting joint research projects, joint courses, international symposium and global classroom opportunities.
    • 3. Providing advice and coordination for the member institutions in the research activities and encouraging the members to continually strive to advance the global business education.
    • 4. Facilitating the continuous improvement of the business education through accreditation.



    In an age of globalisation and increasing rates of change, particularly in information and communication technologies, the demands on educational resources has never been greater. No single institution can recruit, develop or retain all the required resources to cover every aspect of management education. As such, business schools are challenged as never before to develop and maintain first-class management programmes. This is the reason ABEST21 envisage a Global Knowledge Network of business schools dedicated to the sharing of knowledge and skills, the development and application of new technologies, and the advancement of management theory and practice. By sharing the diverse strengths of all ABEST21 members, it is hoped that synergies are created which can significantly improve the quality of management education at every member institution.

    For further information please visit: http://abest21.org/

  • Quality


    GSB ensures that all policies and practices are consistent with the larger purpose of the University through a proper documentation of work processes. In May 2016, the School has been certified with the latest ISO 9001 version 2015, MS ISO 9001:2015. This new revised standard acts as an integral part of GSB’s efforts towards the broader aim of sustainable development.

  • Ranking



    GSB participated in the Eduniversal ranking and also MBA Universe in 2014 and 2015. In 2015, the School’s MBA program is ranked top 20 in Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking – MBA full time in Far East Asia.

    Please visit: http://www.best-masters.com/ranking-master-mba-full-time-in-far-eastern-asia.html


    About Eduniversal

    Headquartered in Paris, Eduniversal is a global ranking and rating agency specializing in higher education. The company has established strong expertise in evaluating academic institutions and programs in France since 1994, and internationally since 2007.

    Eduniversal produces two annual global rankings:

    • - The Best 1000 Business Schools in 154 countries (www.eduniversal-ranking.com.
    • - The Best 4000 Masters and MBA programs in 30 fields of study in 154 countries (www.best-masters.com).


    These rankings are designed to provide information to prospective graduate students that will help them in their search for their future studies in the following zones: Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia & Middle East, Far East Asia, Latin America, North America, Oceania, Western Europe.

    Eduniversal mission is:

    • - To provide the tools and expertise to enable individuals, regardless of nationality, income level or background, to be able to navigate the best global educational opportunities and to make the right personal choices, from selecting an academic institution to choosing a career.
    • - To provide an in depth view on global academic expertise to all stakeholders of higher education with the goal of actively supporting international exchanges between schools, encouraging mobility for professors and students, and assisting HR professionals to identify specialized talent.


    For further information please visit: http://eduniversal-ranking.com/

  • Membership

    AACSB International

    Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia is a member of AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, www.aacsb.edu

    GSB is looking forward for the School to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) by 2020.

    About AACSB International

    AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is a global, nonprofit membership organization of educational institutions, businesses, and other entities devoted to the advancement of management education. Established in 1916, AACSB International provides its members with a variety of products and services to assist them with the continuous improvement of their business programs and schools.

    These products and services include:

    • - Internationally recognized accreditation for undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs in business and accounting (Note: Membership does not imply accreditation.
    • - Conferences, seminars, symposiums, and webinars that provide global professional development opportunities for business school administrators and faculty.
    • - Publications that provide insight into the business education industry.
    • - Access to extensive global data and corresponding reports related to business schools.
    • - Networking through groups and events held both online and in live environments.
    • - Sponsorships, exhibiting, and business development opportunities.


    In addition to providing its members with products and services, AACSB International strives to identify challenges and trends that are facing the business education industry through its research and various initiatives. The association also educates students, parents, employers, and counselors about accreditation and how to choose a quality business degree program that will fit their needs

    For further information please visit: www.aacsb.edu

  • Signatory

    GSB is committed to progress in the implementation of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), starting with those that are more relevant to our capacities and mission, report on progress to all our stakeholders and exchange effective practices related to these principles with other academic institutions.

    About PRME

    Launched at the 2007 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva, the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative is the first organised relationship between the United Nations and business schools, with the PRME Secretariat housed in the UN Global Compact Office.

    The mission of PRME is to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally.

    The Six Principles of PRME are inspired by internationally accepted values, such as the United Nations Global Compact's Ten Principles, and provide an engagement structure for academic institutions to advance social responsibility through incorporating universal values into curricula and research. They seek to establish a process of continuous improvement among institutions of management education in order to develop a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex challenges faced by business and society in the 21st century.

    The PRME initiative serves as a framework for gradual, systemic change in business schools and management-related institutions, based on three distinctive characteristics of the initiative: continuing improvement, a learning network, and reporting progress to stakeholders. Reporting on progress by participant institutions to stakeholders through Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports is an essential part of the active commitment to PRME. SIP reporting provides information on progress achieved in the implementation of PRME, an opportunity for exchanging effective practices, and creates a learning community with other participating institutions.

    For further information please visit: http://www.unprme.org/

Contact Info

Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia
11800 USM
Pulau Pinang
Tel: +604-6532794 Fax: +604-6532792 E-Mail: gsb@usm.my
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